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Hi, my name is Pam Fitzpatrick and I have many years of experience as a CBT specialist working with all types and forms of chronic anxiety and depression disorders including; social anxiety, panic attacks, generalised anxiety disorder, OCD, pure obsessional thoughts, PTSD, major depression episodes, ongoing low level depression and general feelings of sadness, PND, bipolar disorder, women's health and stress related issues. At the core of my work is warmth, empathy, and helping people feel fully supported throughout their individual therapy process.
I also specialise in chronic health issues and have the privilege of working with many disabled clients and carers. I have a particular passion for working with CFS/M.E, Fibromyalgia, EDS, Functional Issues, Dizziness and balance issues and Chronic Migraine.
I am a fully qualified Psychotherapist and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and an Accredited member of the BACP. I am also registered with the majority of health insurance companies. I graduated from the University of Wales with a level 7 Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Previous to this I Studied and obtained 6 years of BACP accredited courses in general psychotherapy before specialising in CBT. I trained and worked in the NHS in Bristol Frenchay Hospital as a CBT specialist. I have since focused on private practice in Wales.
I support people from across the UK and worldwide through online sessions.
We will usually start with an initial assessment session that lasts around 80 minutes where we gain a deeper understanding of the issues and difficulties that you are currently experiencing. We will then look at your therapy goals which might look at coping and management of your current difficulties.
After this initial assessment session, we will normally meet weekly and agree on a number of sessions that would be required to help you reach your therapy goals or recovery. We take it step by step and at a pace you feel entirely comfortable with.
If you would like to call me for a chat about the potential for therapy you can contact me on 07960552669. Please leave me a message and I will return your call as soon as I can. Alternatively, you can email me here.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 1-3 BACP Accredited Certification in Generalised Counselling Skills and Theory
- Level 7- Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Certification in rehabilitation for the Management of Chronic Dizziness
- Certification in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Registered Member of BACP
- Registered member of BACME (British Association for CFS/M.E)
I am a full and registered member of the BACP and their ethical guidelines are intrinsic to my therapy work. I am vastly experienced, and continuously stay updated with the latest advances in therapeutic practice.
I previously worked for the NHS before my private practice and it was in that position that I was thoroughly trained in strategies and interventions for working with people with Chronic pain and fatigue conditions alongside working with general mental health issues.
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.
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
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
In addition to the above I hold specialist interests in the management and treatment of body dysmorphia, Misophonia, Sexual Identity Issues, Functional Neurological Disorder, Somatoform Disorder, Somatoform Pain Disorder, Vestibular Disorders, Migraine, Other Chronic Health Issues.
£75.00 per session
My fees for self funded CBT:
- Initial consultation (80 minutes)- £105
- Weekly online sessions (50 minutes)- £75
(Please note that my fees are different for insurance funded CBT, please ask for details)
When I work
I offer flexible appointments and can accommodate weekend/evening sessions should this be required.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviours are all interconnected, and that a number of these thoughts, feelings and behaviours can trap you in vicious and troublesome cycles. Primarily CBT can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave towards certain experiences and difficulties.
CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming difficulties in a more helpful way by breaking them down into smaller and more manageable parts. You're shown how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.
Why chose CBT?
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can be more than or as effective as medication in treating some mental and physical health problems.CBT is also highly structured in nature and this means it can be provided in a relatively short period of time compared with other talking therapies. CBT also provides better therapeutic results.
CBT teaches you useful and practical strategies that can be used in everyday life – even after the treatment has finished.
CBT is evidence based therapy, so all psychological interventions are tried and tested and their previous success is well documented. It is known to operate well for all cultures and ethnicities as it is about common, universal human behaviours and thought patterns. It is focused solely on the goals of the client.
What issues can be helped or treated by CBT?
There are many areas that CBT is the most effective form of therapeutic treatment and include:
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Substance Dependencies
- Relationship Issues
- Anger Issues
- Chronic Health Conditions
- Pain and Fatigue
What training should my CBT therapist have?
A well-qualified CBT therapist should either have completed a Post Graduate Diploma in CBT (not general counselling) at level 7 or be a practising clinical psychologist. The CBT therapist should belong to a professional governing body and have many years of therapy hours amassed in both the NHS and private practice.