With a 20 year career as a mental health nurse, and 8 years as a qualified CBT therapist, I work closely with people who suffer from mental, emotional or psychological health issues, including:
- Depression - General anxiety disorders
- Social anxiety - Health anxiety
- PTSD - Bereavement
- Phobias - OCD
- Panic disorder - Addictions
- Post natal depression - Relationship difficulties
These issues can be extremely debilitating and take over our lives if we let them. CBT is proven to help people address their fears, break negative thought patterns and challenge themselves. I decided to train as a CBT therapist as it has overwhelmingly the largest scientifically proven evidence base to support its validity in treating common mental health disorders, in comparison with other counselling styles/therapies. CBT can also help people to stop smoking, manage chronic pain and help with symptoms related to more severe mental health disorders like Bi Polar Affective Disorder and Schizophrenia.
Typically people who receive CBT from my service have between 4 - 12 sessions lasting an hour usually on a weekly basis. At the end of the therapy you will have the skills, strategies and techniques to become your own therapist.
Throughout our lives, potentially anyone can have periods whereby they are finding life hard to cope with. Life has a tendency to not always go to plan whether this is through losing a job, loved one or suffering ill health. Finding the right person to confide in and share your story with is a huge part of the healing process and I am passionate about working with individuals to help them move forward with their lives and would feel privileged to do so. I offer a confidential, friendly service with no waiting lists.
Working within mental health for 18 years has given me a broad breadth of experience within many different environments and disorders and I have delivered psychological interventions to help clients, their families or partners to understand their difficulties and to assist the process of making positive changes throughout.
My work is regulated by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies and I can be found on www.babcp.com find a therapist section. The BABCP only allows CBT therapists who have met stringently high standards of knowledge and skills within the delivery of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to become fully accredited members. Having full accreditation enables me through my knowledge and experience to apply this Gold Standard to a vast variety of mental health issues and enables me to deliver outstanding results.
Training, qualifications & experience
University College of Worcester
Diploma in Higher Education in Mental Health Nursing with a Distinction (2003)
University of Birmingham
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (2011)
I completed the Cognitive Behavioural Integrative Treatment Course (C-BIT) in 2006 it was part of the COMPASS Programme within Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust and ran for 6 days and included theory and skills work.
I completed the Behavioural Family Therapy 5 day introduction course with Meriden the West Midlands Family Programme, which included theory and skills work.
I completed the 2 day introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust this included theory and skills work.
I have attended Stop and Think Social problem Solving Therapy training with the specialist psychotherapies service with BSMHFT.
I have completed a 3 day D.I.R.E.C.T course in Dialetical Behavioural Therapy
I have recently attended a workshop on building resilience using CBT.
I attended the BABCP full conference in July 2014
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Please contact me for a free no obligation chat.
Sessions are generally an hour long and my fees are £55 per session
I work Monday to Friday at varying times during the day and evenings. I understand my clients may have work/childcare commitments and so can accommodate weekend appointments as well.