Liz Saunders (Cognitive Behavioural Therapist)
***Currently offering telephone or online therapy*** I am a fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) and a registered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). I aim to provide a high-quality service offering professional, comfortable and confidential Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
What is CBT?
We can all experience difficult times in our lives that we may require help and support with. CBT is a form of psychological talking therapy, which aims to help people of all ages manage emotional, physical and mental health difficulties. It is an evidence-based treatment that is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidelines as the first line treatment for the successful management of many common mental health and addiction difficulties.
How can CBT help me?
When we experience distress we can often have negative feelings and thoughts (cognitions) which can influence how we might behave or deal with a certain situation (behaviours). We can often find ourselves in a vicious cycle of negative thoughts and behaviours that can be hard to break. CBT works on a 'here and now' basis, exploring your current difficulties and give you effective coping strategies to be able to make changes in your life and move forward.
CBT sessions are provided on a 1:1 basis either face-to-face or via telephone and are collaborative in nature. This means that you will work together with your therapist to explore and help understand your difficulties, the impact they are having on your life and ways to make changes to your current situation for a more positive future. We understand that talking about personal issues can be very difficult, so the aim is to make you feel comfortable and tailor the treatment appropriately to your individual needs.
Using a variety of both behavioural and cognitive techniques, including Mindfulness, CBT can help you to effectively manage your thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Being able to break the cycle of negativity can enable you to feel better and be able to deal more appropriately with difficult situations. Self help between sessions is an important part for therapy to be successful. This helps to build on the knowledge and guidance gained during the therapy session, enabling the client a chance to put the coping strategies into practice in real-life situations, maximising success for making positive life changes.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) Psychology
MSc Forensic Psychology
PgDip in CBT
I have 17 years experience working in the fields of both mental health and addictions, providing structured evidence-based psychological treatment. Most recently prior to working in private practice, I worked for 6 years as a CBT Therapist within NHS Primary Care Mental Health, providing both 1:1 and group sessions of psychological therapy within GP surgeries and other community venues. I also undertake private practice work for The Priory and I have a specialist interest in working with drug and alcohol addictions.
During my career I have worked in a variety of settings, such as NHS Mental Health, Private Sector, Community Drug & Alcohol Teams, Prison Service, Probation, Courts and Youth Justice. I have experience of working with a variety of client groups and different age ranges from young people to older adults and also of providing both individual and group work sessions.
As a registered CBT practitioner, I am required to adhere to strict standards of practice and professional codes of conduct. For more information on professional codes of conduct, please see the websites of the appropriate professional bodies.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Session fees for self-funding patients are as follows:
Initial Telephone Consultation (15 mins) - FREE
Sometimes people are unsure whether CBT would be the right treatment for their needs. Therefore if you wish to have a brief discussion before booking an appointment, please call for a free no-obligation chat.
Initial CBT Assessment (60 minutes) - £75
This involves undertaking a full assessment of your current difficulties, including completion of a brief questionnaire, to discuss an appropriate way forward with treatment.
Ongoing CBT Treatment Sessions (50 minutes) - £70
The sessions involve structured CBT treatment using cognitive and behavioural techniques and coping strategies.
I am an approved provider of CBT treatment for a number of health insurance providers, such as Bupa, AXA PPP, Aviva and Nuffield Health. Should you wish to use your health insurance to pay for treatment, please contact your insurance provider for the appropriate authorisation of sessions prior to any appointment booking.
Cancellations of sessions with less than 24 hours notice will be chargeable.