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.
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.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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