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  1. Hi Welcome to LythamCBT . I am an experienced fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. I also practice 'Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) which works specifically well with trauma related difficulties. In addition, I often work using Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) which is an exceptional approach for many difficulties.

I currently work part time for the NHS as a High Intensity CBT Therapist and have done so for the last 8 years. I now run my private practice along side.

Prior to my current role I have also worked for the NHS for over 10 years as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in many different roles. This includes Primary Care as senior nurse, community services , & private secure settings with clients with more complex mental health needs.

How can I help you and how does CBT work?

At some point in our lives, almost all of us can feel overwhelmed with the difficulties that life can throw at us. At times like this we often find it difficult to discuss our thoughts and feeling with close friends and family members.

Whether you are seeking support to help you through a recent crisis or longer term difficulties I can offer you confidential support in a comfortable private environment. Primarily I work using a CBT approach however, I always adapt my treatment plans to meet the needs of my clients. I use a combination of the skills and therapy approaches I have acquired within my different roles to collaboratively develop a treatment plan to meet the needs of each individual client I work with. One hat does not for all. I work at a pace that is needed to ensure my clients gain the best outcomes possible from their treatment.

In addition to CBT I will often include interventions such as Mindfulness , stress management, and grounding techniques to enable clients the time and confidence to Work through their difficulties with my support. This is particularly important when working with trauma related issues.

CBT focusses on how our thinking and behaviours influence the way we feel. CBT sessions provide you with a toolkit to help you understand what is going on for you in all aspects of your emotional difficulties. During sessions I work collaboratively with my clients to help them identify those feelings and work out why they are in a difficult place at the moment. We then take our time to explore how this has developed, what maintains their difficulties and how they can move forward and make positive changes in their lives. I offer a confidential service in a therapeutic private setting. I can also provide telephone consultations when needed and often suggest this in addition to our sessions for support at times when we have been working through difficult issues.

Why should I choose CBT?

There is a great deal of research evidence to show that CBT has worked effectively in treating a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions. This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which provides independent, evidence based guidance for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat disease and ill health for the NHS. CBT is recommended by NICE as a treatment in the NHS for many different conditions. Some of these include:

  • Depressive symptoms
  • Panic Disorder
  • Social Anxiety
  • Generalised Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Self Esteem and Confidence Issues
  • Perinatal and Post Natal Depression
  • Practical Parenting
  • Stress, both daily and work related stress


Often, after initial assessment I may suggest that as part of an individual treatment plan I incorporate EMDR Into therapy. Particularly, clients who have experienced trauma. This may be from some form of abuse, historically or present, road traffic accident, or for clients that have worked within the military services. It may be that we discuss the option of working solely with this process for some individuals. For further information on EMDR please send me an email and I’ll be happy to provide this.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered Nurse Mental Health 2008
Post grad diploma in CBT

Advanced supervision skills (CAMHS )
Completion of Eye movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Training by Dr Michael Patterson, EMDR Institute

Train the Trainer, course in Perinatal Depression

Certificate in Solution Focussed Therapy

Compassion Focus Therapy (CFT)

CBT for in long Term Health Conditions

My experience within mental health services spans over 20 years in a wide variety of settings both NHS and private sector. Prior to my training I have always worked within a caring environment with several years caring for elderly patients in physical health settings, dementia settings and caring for clients in their own homes.

Within my professional role a key part of my experience involves working with clients with a wide range of mental health difficulties. This includes:

  • anxiety
  • phobias
  • panic disorder
  • panic attacks
  • depression
  • post natal and perinatal depression
  • generalised anxiety disorder
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive personality Disorder (OCPD) with PTSD and trauma focussed work being a special interest.

I also work with clients who have experienced Sexual abuse, childhood abuse/ neglect. Many of the clients I see are also college / university students seeking support through stress/ exam pressure. I also often work with adolescents and their families. As a result of this many of my referrals are as a result of word of mouth from family members.

I have worked as a therapist for several years for the NHS and prior to this I worked as Registered Mental Health Nurse in both community and inpatient units. Having a nursing background has given me a good understanding of medication management. I have also worked within the private sector and secure settings. I have been involved in the setting up and implementation of various group work, including depression workshops and postnatal depression support groups.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Group therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies


Additional information

Making the decision to seek support from a therapist can be a difficult time, particularly if you are unsure what therapy sessions consists of or what type of therapy would be best for you. I therefore offer a free telephone consultation with no obligation to discuss treatment options. If you decide you would like to proceed with treatment fees can be paid session by session in cash on the day, by bank transfer or Paypal. Some clients prefer to pay in advance for Block sessions, If you would prefer to do this we can discuss a discount.

Session fees are:

£ 60 per session
£75 Per session EMDR (these are 90 minutes each and may need to be longer on some occasions due to complexity of presentations). The price will stay at £75 if this did occur.

All session fees are to be paid cash on the day or by bank transfer or Paypal prior to the appointment.


I always try to work appointment times to suit my cients where possible. Please emaiI me with your requirements and I will contact you with my availability and locations.

Further information

How will treatment proceed ?
If you feel you may be interested in attending for treatment I would ask that you email me with brief details about your difficulties and leave contact details. I will then make contact with you to arrange a free confidential telephone consultation.

This will give you the oportunity to ask me any questions you have relating to therapy and help you make the decision if you feel CBT /EMDR is the treatment for you.

What can I expect from my sessions?

Initial Assessment (first session)
This will be for approximately 90 minutes. During this session we will gather an understanding of your difficulties an how they impact you in the 'here and now' we will also briefly explore the development of you problems. We will then decide on a treatment plan. This will involve creating some goals for treatment and the expected number of sessions we feel you will need to work through your difficulties.

Ongoing seasons
CBT sessions are hourly, usually on a weekly basis. The number of expected sessions can vary from client to client depending on the severity of their individual difficulties. This is something we could discuss at the start of treatment.

CBT is a very collaborative treatment where the therapist and client work together to gain an understanding of the clients difficulties. Clients are encouraged to take an active part in therapy. This usually includes weekly tasks between sessions.

Please don't hesitate to contact me for further information if needed or visit my website



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Types of client

Young people
Older adults