Kim Fisher, BA Hons, MA Psych., CBT Dip., BABCP & UKCP Accred.
I am an experienced, qualified and fully accredited BABCP CBT Therapist. BABCP accreditation (British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies) is the gold standard CBT accreditation.I am a cognitive behavioural therapist working in central London. My clinical practice is confidential, compassionate and collaborative. I work with where clients are at, supporting them to where they want to be via working together towards achievable clinical goals.
The first meeting with a therapist or a counsellor can feel like a difficult thing to do, and so I encourage clients to make contact for a free 15 minute chat via a telephone call or to send an email outlining the issues. The initial contact is to ascertain how I can help you, and if for some reason I cannot, I shall try to point you in the right direction. It can be frustrating and upsetting trying out a number of therapists, when really, you may just need someone to help you to clarify the type of support you are looking for.
CBT stands for cognitive behavioural therapy. This model of therapy examines how we interpret our everyday experiences, and the impact these interpretations have on our emotions and behaviours. In a nutshell, CBT works on the basic idea that we can live more effectively and happily if we are thinking and behaving in more helpful ways, as there are times when our thinking is unhelpful and distorted due to distress, and we then behave in ways that tend to hinder rather than help us. CBT is very effective in helping to unblock these unhelpful maintenance cycles.
Life in London can be demanding, and at times distressing. How we choose to respond to our everyday experiences can either compound or reduce our level of emotional upset. CBT suggests that it is our 'interpretation' of our everyday lives that can trigger emotional disturbance, not necessarily the actual events themselves - even though many events can be upsetting. If we are able to interpret events from a different stand-point we can reduce our level of distress.
CBT has the strongest evidence base for treating issues like depression, anxiety, eating issues, OCD and addictions. People often report experiencing change within a few sessions of CBT.
- Anxiety (Incl. GAD - general anxiety disorder, Panic attacks, Social, Performance & Health anxiety and OCD) & Fear of flying
- Anger & Resentment
- Binge eating
- Alcohol & Drug misuse (or struggles with reducing the weekly intake of alcohol: harm reduction strategies can help us come to grips with the amount we drink and reduce the overall negative impact on health, moods, finances, relationships, work, etc.)
- Stress management
- Work-related stress & bullying
- Self esteem issues: struggles with self criticism, self acceptance and overall self confidence
- Assertion issues and difficulty saying "no" with confidence and struggles negotiating your needs
- Relationship struggles
- Struggles with dating, including the internet dating approach
- Procrastination and difficulties trusting in your decisions
- Sexual issues : includes identity and confidence with sexual life
- Struggles with meaning in work, relationships and life in general
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked within the mental health field for more than 15 years; working in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors. I have a broad range of experience in complex mental health, substance use, mood disorder, eating issues and issues related to life adjustment and relational issues.
- BA (hons) - Monash University, Melb. Australia
- MA Psychotherapy & Counselling - NSPC, London, UK
- Diploma in CBT - Goldsmith's, University of London
- Diploma in Clinical Supervision - CPPD Ltd, London, UK
- Extensive on-going professional development & training with the leading CBT academic & trainers (e.g. Drs Christine Padesky, Judith Beck, Tom Lynch & Geoff Young).
Fully BABCP and UKCP accredited.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Binge-eating disorder
- Career counselling
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
A loss of meaning in the work place or in personal and social life.
CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) is an excellent model. It helps people to understand the nature of their maintenance cycles, how to break the cycle, how to promote longer term change and where the predisposition for such patterns may stem from. In a nutshell, CBT teaches people to become their own therapists, as we do not necessarily need to quintessentially change, rather just learn how to recognise how our responses can block us. CBT teaches us to act rather than to react, and to make informed choices based on what we value. CBT can be a very empowering model of therapy, helping to equip people for life in an age where it is difficult to turn off. It teaches people to be "in time" rather than always "on time" via endless clock watching and fearing time famine. CBT works on the basic idea that we can live more affectively and happily if we are thinking and behaving in more helpful ways.
Prior to booking an appointment, you are welcome to telephone for a brief chat, or email any questions you may have.
Session times: Monday - Friday, 9am - 9pm
Session time: 50 minutes
Referrals: Self referrals, GP, Psychiatrist and /or Medical Insurers
Fees: dependent on income on a sliding scale from £85 - £100
Bupa, Axa PPP, Pru Health & Cigna insurance accepted
Contact: ph. 07788776012 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments available Mon-Friday (8am - 9pm)
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|