I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and an accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). The BABCP is the leading organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK. I provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for individuals across Preston, the Fylde Coast and all surrounding areas. CBT is an evidenced based 'Talking Therapy' which has been proven to be effective in treating a wide range of mental health difficulties. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends and endorses CBT for the treatment of a number of disorders including; depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic and trauma (PTSD). Therapy is provided either by face to face sessions (within a private and confidential clinic), SKYPE and telephone consultations.
I have been working within the field of counselling and psychotherapy for the past 14 years. During this time I have worked within the NHS, private sector services and private practice.
I'm currently employed as a Mental Health Practitioner for the NHS treating and supporting clients presenting with mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety and low self-esteem alongside more complex presentations such as bi-polar (manic depression), schizophrenia, substance misuse and pain management. My private practice offers Cognitive Behavioural Therapy treating a wide range of mental health disorders including; depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic, trauma (PTSD), phobias, low self-esteem and pain management.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT).
Graduate Diploma in Professional Counselling Studies.
Level 3 Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling.
BA (hons) Degree - Counselling
Professional Registration & Membership:
Accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
I have had the opportunity to further my knowledge and experience by completing training in areas such as; motivational interviewing, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), addictions, relationships and palliative care/bereavement. I continue to enhance by learning by attending regular training events and courses in relation to both my NHS and private practice work.
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
Therapy sessions cost £70 for a 50 minute session. I provide therapy in person (face to face), via Skype and telephone consultations.
Free Initial Telephone Consultation:
You will be offered a free initial telephone consultation before deciding to start therapy. The consultation lasts for approximately 20 minutes and gives you the opportunity to discuss your needs and ask any questions you may have about engaging within therapy. It can also determine whether CBT is the right treatment approach for you.
Payment can be made prior to attending the session by completing a bank transfer (BACS), bank details will be provided if you choose this option. Payment can also be made upon arrival at the session either by cash or by cheque.
Referrals are welcomed from a wide range of sources including, health insurance companies, health companies/services, GP's, Solicitors and other health professionals.
Company referrals can often involve a higher fee due to the additional administration involved.
I currently offer weekday, evening and weekend appointments for face to face, Skype and telephone sessions.
My practice offers Cognitive Behavioural Therapy treating a wide range of mental health disorders including:
Anxiety (Generalised, Social and Health)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
While I have gained the knowledge and developed the necessary skills and experience needed in treating all disorders I do have a special interest in the treatment of depression, low self-esteem and anxiety.
My approach to therapy & how I work:
What is CBT?
CBT identifies Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviours as cogs which are responsible for the development and maintenance of our difficulties, such as depression and anxiety. How we think about things has a direct effect on how we feel and behave. When our thoughts become troublesome we often change our behaviour to help cope with how we feel. This in turn encourages the development and maintenance of debilitating symptoms such as anxiety and depression.
How does CBT work?
Using evidenced-based treatment protocols, CBT seeks to break down these cycles of destructive thoughts and behaviours while supporting you to adopt alternative and more healthier ways of thinking and behaving, thus reducing symptoms while improving health and wellbeing.
What you can expect..
CBT places great emphasis on therapy being a 'collaboration' between client and therapist. We will work together to identify symptoms, disorders, maintaining factors and appropriate treatment interventions to help improve both mental and physical wellbeing. There is an expectation that any identified learning opportunities during session are tested out and reflected on outside of therapy as this learning will provide focus for treatment direction.
How many sessions will you need..
This depends on the severity of difficulties brought to therapy as well as your level of engagement during and outside of therapy. Each disorder has a recommended number of treatment sessions, but generally the number of sessions can be between 8 and 20.
How to contact me..
If you have any questions about the therapy I provide, or would like to arrange a free initial telephone consultation or your first session then please don't hesitate to contact me either by the email address or telephone number provided. Alternatively please visit my website.
My private practice in based in Grimsargh, near Preston. The practice is easily accessible for clients living in Preston and surrounding areas and has close links to the M6.