Ruth Parchment CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapist BABCP Accredited Cambridge
The main approach that I work with is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, a practical approach which focuses on changing problematic thinking styles and behaviour patterns through the use of solutions, tools and techniques. CBT is evidence based and the main form of therapy used within the NHS. If you are hoping to make changes fairly quickly and acquire direct solutions to your difficulties then CBT is a great option: most clients notice a change within six sessions and are able to see significant improvements within 10-12 sessions. For long-standing and/or complex difficulties a longer course of therapy may be required. I am based in Trumpington and Mill Road, Cambridge and offer morning, daytime and evening sessions. I also offer CBT via Telephone sessions.
I am a BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (Membership number: 161003 Find me on the official register here: http://www.cbtregisteruk.com/desktop site) Over the past 10 years, I have worked across the UK in various mental health and wellbeing settings: I have worked for Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and also privately for Cambridge CBT.
I am experienced in working with a wide variety of presentations including: Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, Phobias, OCD, Social Anxiety, Body Dysmorphia, Perfectionism, Low self- esteem, PTSD, Trauma and also Long-Term Physical Health Conditions. I utilise a transdiagnostic approach, integrating CBT models and formulations with processes that occur across disorders. This for example includes working with processes such as and Rumination and Intolerance of Uncertainty as well as painful emotions such as Shame and Guilt. Further to this, I have found it effective to incorporate third wave approaches such as Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance Skills into my clinical work. Central within my practice is the belief that effective therapy is flexible and able to address the unique difficulties that individuals present.
Cultural sensitivity and awareness of diversity are key within my practice; I am experienced in working with people from varied backgrounds, ages, cultures and a wide range of difficulties. I have completed further training in working with Long Term Conditions such as diabetes, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, IBS, CFS, ME and medically unexplained symptoms. I can provide personal and professional experience of diverse sexualities, lifestyles and individuals that may identify as LGBTQIA. As part of my NHS work, I have run groups for social anxiety, generalised anxiety, low mood and encouraging healthy lifestyles. I recently facilitated a CBT group for a private drug and alcohol rehab clinic based in Newmarket, Suffolk.
I trained as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner in 2012 and upon qualifying in 2013 worked in various NHS primary care settings across the UK. In 2014 I played a key role in delivering and developing a Primary Care service rehabilitating offenders in Manchester. Prior to this, I worked as a psychology assistant in a low secure forensic hospital in Liverpool and as a key worker in supported living for individuals with severe and enduring mental health difficulties. Alongside employment in mental health, I worked as an Academic Mentor for university students facing emotional and physical challenges in completing their studies. My work with the NHS has included providing supervision to Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and facilitating skills-based groups for therapists.
I have found it useful to integrate a therapeutic approach called Narrative Therapy into how I work. Narrative Therapy focuses on the stories that we develop and carry through our lives. As we experience events and interactions, we give meaning to those experiences and they, in turn, influence how we see ourselves and our world. We can carry multiple stories at once, which may for example, relate to our self-esteem, relationships and work. Narrative Therapy has been helpful in working with individuals who may experience marginalisation, oppression and/or experiences that do not fit within dominant cultural norms and values. Therapeutic change can include exploring stories of the self, helping individuals externalise their difficulties and co-authoring new narratives. My interests include, working with experiences of community (or lack of), not belonging, rejection and isolation. Fear, guilt, shame, invalidation and disconnection are themes that I believe are significant in emotional difficulties and distress.
I am in regular supervision for my clinical work and have had my own therapy as part of my personal and professional development. I'm warm and approachable and work collaboratively, centring clients as experts in their lives. I help clients to reconnect with their skills, competencies, values and abilities. You will be able to take away effective tools and techniques that allow you to become your own therapist. I can provide flexibility around appointments with morning, daytime and evening options available. I provide CBT in various locations in Cambridge as well as CBT via telephone.
Areas that I work with:
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Low Self -Esteem and confidence issues
Anxiety related difficulties
Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
Trichotillomania and Excoriation disorder
Long-term health conditions
Family problems and Relationship Difficulties
Black & BME
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (BABCP Accredited course), Distinction, Buckinghamshire New University
Postgraduate Certificate in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies in Primary Care, Liverpool John Moores University
Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Conversion for Graduates), Open University, BPS accredited, GBC.
MA in Historical Research, University of Liverpool
BA History (Hons), Queen Mary, University of London
Recent Continuous Professional Development Training:
Trainee Sex and Relationship Therapist: Diploma in Clinical Sexology (The Contemporary Institute of Clinical Sexology), March 2020-Present
Evidence Based High Intensity CBT for Long Term Health Conditions (University of East Anglia), 2018/2019
New developments: Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies for OCD (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, The University of Cambridge), 2019
Narrative Therapy: Foundations and Key Concepts (Alliant International University, Los Angeles), 2019.
Essentials in Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity (GSRD), (Pink Therapy: Accredited by the National Council for Psychotherapists and The National Counselling Society), 2019.
Queer Counselling and Narrative Practice (Alliant International University, Los Angeles), 2019.
Regulating Emotion in Therapy with People with Persistent Depression (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, The University of Cambridge), 2018
Treating Trauma Master Series (National Institute for Clinical Application of Behavioural Medicine), 2018
Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder Conference (Cambridge COUPS), 2018
What is Narrative Practice (Dulwich Centre), 2018
An Introduction to Narrative Therapy (Liaison Psychiatry Addenbrooke’s NHS Trust, Cambridge), 2017
Understanding and Working With Self Harm (Centre 33), 2017
Guided Self Help for Long Term health Conditions (CPFT), 2017
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
LGBTQIA, Perfectionism, shame, guilt, worry, rumination, intolerance of uncertainty, control, negative thinking.
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My session fee for individual therapy is £80-£95 per session. Each session lasts 60 minutes and sessions usually take place once a week.
I work with the insurers Aviva, AXA PPP, Cigna, Healix, WPA and other Insurance providers.
I am able to provide a brief telephone conversation in advance of booking sessions.
I am based in Central and South Cambridge. Sessions are available in Trumpington and Mill Road.
-Tuesday (Evenings, Trumpington Clinic)
-Wednesday (Evenings, Trumpington Clinic)
-Thursday (Daytime and Evenings, Mill Road Clinic)
-Friday (Daytime and Evenings, Trumpington Clinic)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Ground Floor Wheelchair accessible clinic in Trumpington. My Clinic in Mill Road unfortunately is on the first floor without wheelchair access.
Tuesday (Evenings), Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays (Daytime and Evenings).
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|