Rebecca Mead, Psychotherapist, BABCP & IPT UK Accredited
51-53 Church Road
I am an experienced Psychotherapist offering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). Both of these treatments have been recommended by NICE guidelines (the "Bible of treatment" in the NHS).
Throughout our lives we can experience difficult times and sometimes these can get on top of us and we need a little help to get through them. Therapy can provide that. Therapy can help to increase self understanding and give us tools to manage. For therapy to be effective it is important that you can connect with your therapist, that you feel safe, comfortable and understood. The relationship is just as important as the therapy. I believe that warmth, kindness, compassion, empathy, openness, and a willingness to be alongside you are valuable aspects of therapy. I want you to feel hopeful that your future can improve. My training and extensive experience will enable us to explore your problems together and, at your pace, we will collaboratively explore ways for you to make changes and move forward.
I offer a free telephone consultation, please do give me a call if you would like to discuss further.
I have been working in mental health for the NHS for the past 17 years. For over 10 years I have been a Qualified CBT Therapist and am an accredited member of the BABCP. More recently I trained as an IPT therapist and am now an accredited member of IPT UK. I continue to work for the NHS as a CBT and IPT Psychotherapist, group facilitator, group supervisor, group trainer and co-ordinator.
Problems that I work with:
I have extensive experience in working with clients in a wide range of psychological and emotional difficulties:
- Anxiety - a number of different anxiety disorders including
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) - worrying about everything, feeling anxious all the time
- Panic Attacks
- Health Anxiety
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Social Anxiety - worrying about how other people perceive you, feeling shy
- Phobias - including vomit, heights, confined spaces, etc.
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- Stress - could be specific for example at work, or more generalised
- Life changes - for example changes in circumstances such as redundancy, breakup of relationship or other life event that has affected how you feel
- Relationship difficulties - this can be with a partner, family members or friends.
There can often be difficulties within a significant relationship where the relationship has become 'stuck' in arguments or disagreements and this can affect mood.
Alternatively when there are difficulties in forming and maintaining relationships this can leave us feeling very alone and isolated
- Morbid Jealousy
- Low Self Esteem - this might relate to long standing problems going back to childhood
- Depression - including:
- low mood and or general lack of interest in life
- Post Natal Depression (PND)
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Issues of loss - such as bereavement (when you don't seem to be healing from loss of a loved one and are struggling to adjust), loss of health, work, redundancy, loss of a role in life
The Different Approaches:
CBT is all about exploring the connections between the way we think, what we do, our emotions and the way we feel physically. During times of distress, we can think differently about ourselves. Thoughts can become negative and unhelpful. This can result in us feeling even worse and we may then behave in a way that prolongs our distress. We can become trapped in unhelpful cycles.
CBT enables us to unpick these and understand how we might inadvertently maintain these cycles. Once we have understood the problem we can apply CBT strategies to help manage the difficulties by changing the way you think and behave.
This can lead to a major improvement in how you feel and live your life. You will also have a toolkit of CBT strategies to use, to help you manage your mood, for the future.
IPT is based on the premise that there is a relationship between the way people interact with others and their psychological symptoms. So difficulties in our relationships can affect our mental health and our mental health can affect the quality of our relationships. The main focus is on relationship problems and on helping you to identify how you are feeling and behaving in your relationships.
The benefits of IPT include: improvement in relationships, including relating to others and communication, learn to cope with emotions and life changes, problem solving, processing loss and grief, and overall an improvement in mood and psychological distress.
These treatments are not exclusive. However some people may prefer the structured approach that CBT offers and others may prefer the IPT focus on relationships.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Accredited Interpersonal Psychotherapy Training Practitioner (IPT UK)
- Supervision of CBT (Sussex University)
- BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (www.cbtregisteruk.com)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Mental Health Nursing Diploma
- Psychology and Women's Studies BSc.
I adhere to the BABCP standards of conduct, performance and ethics and IPT UK Accreditation Standards.
Both CBT and IPT are NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guideline treatment recommendations for depression and anxiety disorders.
To enhance my professional development I regularly attend training workshops and events.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also have extensive experience in running groups. In my current position for the NHS I am the Co-Ordinator and Lead Facilitator for the Mood Management Group. I have been running and reviewing this group for the past 8 years. Mood Management is a ten week course using CBT strategies to address depression, anxiety, stress and low self esteem.
Should you work for an organisation that might be interested in such a course being run for employees then please do get in touch.
I am also able to provide one off 'Introduction to CBT' workshops
Free initial consultation:
I offer a free 30 minute initial telephone consultation to discuss what the problems are, what you would like support with and your needs generally so that we can ensure this is right approach for you.
All future appointments are an hour and cost £65
I have a comfortable and private consulting room in Central Hove. It is convenient for bus and train routes, and there is paid parking nearby.
I follow BABCP and IPT UK Codes of Ethics.
I have professional insurance and supervision for my work.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Evenings and Saturdays
Types of client