If you are looking for an experienced therapist, with a track record in providing effective treatment, I can help.
I have almost 20 years ( or around 4000 therapy hours) working with people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, depression, low self esteem, trauma, stress, anger, burn out, relationship issues, or general unhappiness and discontent with their life.
I have worked in a variety of settings, from NHS to employee assistance, and in private practice.
My approach is collaborative, creative, compassionate and tailored to meet your needs, whatever they might be. I don't believe that there is a ' one size all ' approach to therapy, and am constantly learning, and developing my practice to incorporate new research findings, and am always working towards best practice.
Whether you have been diagnosed with anxiety or depression, - or you recognise yourself in any of the following
you are fed up with destructive behavioural patterns, and want to make positive changes in your life
you would like to have deeper self awareness and stop reacting to situations in the same ways
you are unhappy with a relationship, but can't seem to make a decision
you are unhappy at work, but feel stuck
you are frustrated and angry - either within a relationship, or at work
you want to reach a specific or general goal - but you seem to get in your own way.
you are looking to improve your work life balance? become more assertive? make better decisions? be able to speak more confidently in front of an audience?
I work using an Integrative approach, - using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Solution Focused therapy, to ensure that our work is collaborative, focused, timely and results oriented.
I have a personal interest in mindfulness and meditation, and am particularly interested in incorporating elements of the introspective and reflective practice - which help us become more familiar with our own minds, how we can stabilise, and organise them for our own well being. I am currently developing my practise towards a compassionate focussed therapeutic approach, which incorporates elements of CBT and mindfulness.
I am happy and open to discussions about what it is you are looking for, and how you wish to work.
I can work effectively via telephone and Skype; as well as face to face.
If you would like to learn more about how I work, or see some of my recent posts, please contact me, or visit my website at www.resilient-mindset.com - or on facebook for more information.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma - Counselling - Strathclyde University - 2002
Certificate in CBT - Manchester Centre for CBT - 2008
Post Graduate Diploma in CBT - Centre of Therapy - 2013
Supervision course - ongoing - 2015
compassion focussed therapy - 2015
Mindfulness Based Stress reduction - 2015
Accreditation - currently working on.
Honours degree - Economics - Stirling University - 1981
Post Graduate Diploma - Marketing - Strathclyde University - 1983
15 years experience as qualified Counsellor/ therapist;
Current and past experience within NHS, primarily trauma, anxiety and depression;
10 years private practice; stress, anxiety, relationships, bereavement, phobia's,
10 years Employee Assistance Experience - providing telephone and face to face short term counselling. Trauma and crisis management, Case management, supervision. Communication and conflict management.
Consultancy and Training
Before retraining as a counsellor - I worked in Marketing - in London, Bangkok, Taipei, Hong Kong, Sydney and Brisbane.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
online / Face to Face Counselling/ CBT / compassion focused therapy
- £50 per hour session
Coaching - 1 hour session - £60
Consultancy / training rates to be discussed.
monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday 12 to 7,
My First Blog (August 2012)
How to bounce back from anything
The reason for writing this is to provide support to current, past, future clients; basically, anyone struggling to develop a more resilient mindset to deal with life’s challenges.
If I haven’t worked with you, I have 15 years counselling experience, as well as psychological wellbeing, life coaching and training, both in the NHS and private sector. I have worked extensively with depression, anxiety, workplace stress, relationship and communication issues. I have a private practice and enjoy being my own boss. I am a member of BACP, have a post grad diploma in Counselling, and am working towards my post grad diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
This summers sporting achievements were the inspiration behind this. I was so impressed by the Olympians, (team GB especially!) who had worked so hard to reach the top of their games and allow us to share in the reflected glory of every win; It certainly gave me renewed national pride under the team GB banner. And, I was equally fascinated by the hardiness and resilience of the Paralympians who had overcome illness, personal tragedy and adversity to become heroes and heroines in their own right. The jewel in this sport fest crown, was watching our own Scottish tennis hero, Andy Murray, in true Robby the Bruce style, finally become King of the US Open.
The story and sentiment of Robert the Bruce, is one that Scottish kids, of a certain generation, were weaned on. If you don't know it - briefly, he was renowned as the 'Hero King of Scotland' in the 1300's. After many battles with English troops he was in exile and hiding, where he watched a spider try and try, and try again to spin a web. The spider never gave up... and this encouraged King Robert to go try again, which he did and subsequently won independence for Scotland, so the story goes…
As we heard from many of the stories of the Paralympian athletes, there are many different strategies to develop resilience and to overcome adversity, and whilst the purpose of these blogs isn’t to train you to win an Olympic Gold, or National Independence. What I do hope is that I can share some tools, techniques, stories, that may inspire you to achieve your own personal best, and help you overcome feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, confusion or lack of confidence that may be holding you back.
So, lets get started. One of the first things is to get a notebook, a pen and time out for yourself. You need to become your own 'project' and to invest some time and effort in yourself. The more you put in, the more you will get out. For once, it’s okay to be selfish, as this is all about You.
I’ve found that most people benefit from writing things down. Especially when you are learning some of the techniques in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. There is something cathartic about writing when you are upset, being able to express feelings honestly, openly and privately. Also, being able to observe your own reactions, to be dispassionate. Looking beyond the obvious at what is really behind these feelings. And most importantly identifying what it is that you are telling yourself about the situation that you are in?
One of the fundamental principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is that what you think, affects how you feel and this affects how you act.
It sounds very simple, however, the real skill is identifying exactly what it is you are thinking, what this means to you, and then being able to challenge this effectively.
It is usually obvious to you when you are upset, you know – and everyone else around you usually knows - if you are angry, grumpy, sad, teary or anxious. It is tangible, you can feel it, and even see it. What you are thinking, or what you are telling yourself, is more intangible, and therefore more difficult to pin down.
The good news is that CBT can be learned.
It is a logical process. There is even an ABC of how to change your thinking, therefore changing your behaviour.
In my next blog post find out how you can benefit from identifying and challenging your thoughts. see www.resilient-mindset.com