About me

I provide Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for people experiencing problems with depression, anxiety, stress, anger, bereavement and relationship problems. Currently, I am employed by an NHS Trust to deliver CBT within primary care settings, and have a small private practice.

In addition, I have experience in treating:

  • excessive worry
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) including EMDR.
  • specific phobias (for example fear of crowded places, needles/injections, spiders or social situations)
  • insomnia
  • physical health problems, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) and Fibromyalgia
  • ante-natal/post-natal depression.

My experience working in various NHS mental health settings over the past 26 years, together with delivering CBT for the last 10 years, means I am able to adapt my approach to deal with most situations.

I am registered with AXA PPP, Bupa, WPA and Aviva as a psychological therapist and hold professional indemnity insurance.

My private practice is in Basingstoke and runs on a Friday.

Sessions tend to be relaxed and informal as that is what I am like outside of work.

Training, qualifications & experience

My core professional background is in Mental Health Nursing (26 years experience), and I am registered with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This organisation has statutory obligations to protect the public by ensuring that nurses and midwives provide high standards of care to their patients and clients (www.nmc-uk.org). I work full time as a CBT specialist in the NHS, leading a team of psychological therapists in Berkshire, and have a small private practice.

I am also accredited with the lead organisation for CBT in the UK, the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (www.babcp.com).

CBT Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies (Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London) 2005
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Intervention CBT (University of Surrey) 2011

Professional qualifications

  • Registered Mental Nurse (NMC) 1991
  • Diploma in Nursing (King Alfred’s College, Winchester) 1998
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Problems (Middlesex University) 2000

Member organisations


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.


Additional information

Prices start from £80 for each 50 minute session.

It is not unusual for us to have some email correspondence between sessions (sending out reading materials etc.) and this is included.

A typical course of treatment is six to eight sessions, depending on individual circumstances.  Many people notice a significant improvement after only two or three sessions, some choose to continue their treatment over a longer period. Usually, following the first session, I will be able to tell you how long your treatment will take.

I am happy to discuss this in more detail before you book your first session.


Fridays 9am - 6pm

Further information

Originally from Liverpool, my accent is now diluted after 29 years in Hampshire. I am married, with 3 school age children, enjoy cycling and tending my allotment.

I aim to keep the sessions informal and relaxed.

The Hackwood Partnership
Essex House
Essex Road
RG21 8SU

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults