Kerry Cook MSc, BSc (Hons), Dip HE (RMN)
- Psychoanalytic / Psychodynamic Psychotherapist MSc.
- Cognitive Analytical Therapist (CAT).
- Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT).
- Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).
Types: Adults and young people
Alt Locations: On request
Welcome, if you are reading this I imagine you may be struggling at the moment. Perhaps you are finding it hard to cope with day to day life, work or with your relationships. You may be experiencing confusing or unmanageable emotions. If this is the case we can work together to explore what is happening to you and work together to understand your difficulties. Building on this understanding we can then consider what may need to change or be different for you to feel better and more settled.
I have trained and worked as a Psychotherapist for several years in a variety of settings, including Psychotherapy departments in the NHS and in the private sector. I work with young people and adults, both individually as well as in groups, offering both short and longer term treatments. I also offer Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Assessments.
The aim of my work with individuals is primarily to work collaboratively together, to identify and address difficulties, and to support individuals to make changes so that they are able to live more full and satisfying lives.
In addition to my clinical work, I have also facilitated Cognitive Analytical Therapy training and teaching seminars within the NHS.
In order to work with individuals and groups, I completed a Psychoanalytic / Psychodynamic Psychotherapy training over many years, leading to registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). The UKCP has a rigorous code of ethics which I abide by. This includes being mindful of confidentiality at all times, as well as a non-discriminatory practice in the widest sense.
What I Offer
I offer individual or group therapy, which can be open-ended or time limited, according to individual needs. My first session with new clients will allow us to fully explore the options available and decide if we are right to work together. I will happily refer you to a colleague if we feel alternative treatment would be more suitable.
I work in a variety of areas, ranging from anxiety, depression, personality disorders, addictions (related to alcohol, substances, food and sex), burnout, relationship issues, eating disorders, self-harm, trauma, abuse, PTSD, bereavement and loss, LGBT related issues and Autistic spectrum & ADHD related difficulties. This list is not exhaustive and may not specifically mention your current struggles.
Approach and Orientation
I offer Psychodynamic / Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, MBT, DBT & CAT informed approaches. These approaches provide a confidential, safe and supportive space in which to explore past and present feelings, as well as gaining insight into the meaning and influence they may have on your difficulties.
These approaches encourage an open and trusting relationship where feelings, beliefs, assumptions and actions can begin to be explored. We will challenge any negative emotions and work on resolving any self-sabotaging behaviour in order to build new foundations towards change and self-empowerment.
Philosophy on Counselling and Psychotherapy
Both Counselling and Psychotherapy are a response to suffering. My approach is to address this suffering, but to see it as an opening to new understanding. The focus will be to address the underlying cause of any presenting issue, rather than working solely with symptoms. Through our work together, I will focus on listening without jumping to any pre-judgements. I will try to help you to develop new ways of being and relating in order that you may find and pursue a new direction of your own.
You are very welcome to contact me by email for any further information or enquiries.
Kerry Cook MSc
Cognitive Analytical Therapist,
Mentalization Based Treatment Therapist & Dialectical Behavioural Therapist.
Training, qualifications & experience
UKCP Accredited: MSc Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Cognitive Analytical Therapy. Mentalization Based Treatment. Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I am available weekday evenings, (6pm -9pm).