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Sara Whammond BABCP accredited CBT therapist and associates Adults & Children

Wallingford OX10 & Oxford OX2
07775 708759 Registered / Accredited
Wallingford OX10 & Oxford OX2

About me

Hello and thanks for checking out my profile. People tend to come to therapy when they are feeling distressed or struggling in some way. Hopefully I can help. Firstly here is a little bit about me and my experience.

About me
I trained at Oxford University to qualify and practice as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and I am also a Registered Mental health Nurse (RMN). I am registered with the NMC and  accredited by the BABCP. As well as working in private practice I also work part time for the NHS for Specialist Psychological Services.

I have worked in the field of mental health for over 30 years which has helped me amass a great deal of experience and knowledge. We all have mental health and it is important to our well being that we tend to it when we need to. I have had lots of positive feedback from my clients.  In fact people often come through word of mouth and this is really great. 

What's troubling you?
You may be feeling low in mood or struggling with motivation and energy. Perhaps you are a worrier and this is causing you distress.  Are you having trouble with social situations and this is interfering with your life? Perhaps you are experiencing panic attacks and would like not to. Maybe you are obsessing over things or are checking things until they feel 'right' and this is causing you anxiety. Are you worrying about your health, do you think you have a serious illness despite medical evidence to the contrary? Have you suffered from a trauma? Perhaps a one off incident of maybe you have experienced difficulties from your childhood experiences. Are you having problems within your relationships and would like to work through these? These are a few examples of what motivates people to think about therapy. Sometimes people don't know what is wrong but know they feel 'bad' and it is affecting their lives.

If this is you then CBT is a good place to start
CBT is a short term therapy which has a really good evidence base for working with a range of psychological disorders.  People usually book in for an initial assessment which involves talking about difficulties and identifying goals for treatment. Most people are nervous coming to the first appointment but I am really good and helping people to feel relaxed. It helps that our my clinic is really welcoming and relaxing. In fact it is so pleasant people often think I live there!

Following this is we decide CBT is indicated we usually meet on a weekly basis. I understand that people situations are different so I will do my best to accommodate. I offer day time and evening appointments.

More about CBT
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a talking therapy that is concerned with the way people think and act in various situations and explores the origins and consequences of thinking and acting in such a way.CBT has been extensively researched; in fact, more than any other talking therapy. The findings from the research repeatedly demonstrate the effectiveness of CBT in a wide and growing number of conditions. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT as first line treatment in the following conditions: Depression, generalised anxiety disorders (GAD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social phobia, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), health anxiety, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Research has also shown that people treated with CBT remain well for longer.

Why go for a BABCP accredited therapist?
There is no minimum standards of training needed to offer CBT as unlike the terms nurse or doctor it is not a protected term.
If you choose an accredited CBT therapist you can be rest assured that they have completed an extensive training in CBT. Also the therapist will adhere to the code of conduct set be the BABCP and will make sure they keep up with development in the field and receive regular clinical supervision.
Insurance companies and employee assistance will usually only use accredited therapist.
For further information look here about CBT and accredited therapist please look here:
www.babcp.com

Associates
As business is booming I have taken on some carefully selected associates.  These are kind, fully qualified and caring therapist who are as committed to providing as excellent a service as I am.  We are now taking consultations for children and family issues.  Please contact me for further details.

'I have worked with Sara in our mental health team for a number of years. Her dedication  and skill are impressive and she has made an enormous difference to many people's lives as a therapist. More than that, she is an excellent team player, steps up in the 'bad times' and is a great motivator and supporter of those around her. I cannot recommend her highly enough.'

Andrew Molodynski

Consultant Psychiatrist, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Oxford University Deputy National Speciality Lead for Mental Health, NIHR CRN National mental health lead, British Medical Association Consultant Committee

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Registered mental nurse 1989  NMC 85I325IE
  • PG Diploma in CBT  OCTC / Oxford University 2011
  • Full accreditation with BABCP 120646

I have also completed further training in:

  • Masterclass for Depression
  • CBT for childhood trauma
  • Anxiety: Clinical updates and Masterclass
  • Coping with Adversity
  • CBT for Long Term Medical Conditions
  • CBT for Insomnia
  • CBT for Trauma
  • CBT for Psychosis
  • CBT for delusions and hallucinations

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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.

BABCP

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

If you have any other issue that you would like to discuss a CBT approach please contact me.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy

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Fees

Please contact me to discuss your requirements without any obligation.
I am registered with most health insurers and I am also able to provide treatment as part of employee assistance programmes.  I have provided extensive CBT for medico legal cases of road traffic accidents.
Fees are £100 per session.

Couples dependant on requirements

PLEASE NOTE
I have been informed that sometimes my reply to client enquiries end up in the spam folder. Please be aware that your messages are very important to me and I always reply promptly to enquiries. It may be useful to call or text me and I am happy to call you back at your convenience or check your spam! Thanks, Sara

Further information

'I have worked with Sara in our mental health team for a number of years. Her dedication and skill are impressive and she has made an enormous difference to many people's lives as a therapist. More than that, she is an excellent team player, steps up in the 'bad times' and is a great motivator and supporter of those around her. I cannot recommend her highly enough.'

Andrew Molodynski

Consultant Psychiatrist, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Oxford University Deputy National Speciality Lead for Mental Health, NIHR CRN National mental health lead, British Medical Association Consultant Committee

Ptolemy House
Reading Road
Wallingford
OX10 0DB

Prama House
276 Banbury Road
Summertown
Oxford
OX2 7HT

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

I am usually available for both daytime and evening appointments.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Couples
Families
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
Sara Whammond   BABCP accredited CBT therapist and associates Adults & Children

Sara Whammond BABCP accredited CBT therapist and associates Adults & Children

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