Dr Sarah Cannon-Gibbs, DPsych, HCPC Reg
Hello and welcome. I suspect if you have come across this page it is because you hold some interest in engaging in therapy. Everyone will have their own reason as to why that is the case and I hope my page gives you some insight into how I work as a psychologist and how I might be able to help you.
I am a chartered psychologist, trained to Doctoral level, with over 10 years of experience working in mental health. One of my beliefs is that everyone has mental health, however, I believe, it occurs a long a spectrum, at varying different degrees and causing varying levels of distress to an individual. Thus, I see my clients as individuals with their own voice and their own story. With this in mind, I am always interested in what my client's values are, what is most important to my client and what gives their life meaning and purpose.
My NHS experience has afforded me the opportunity to work with a wide range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, emotional instability, impulsive behaviour, intense emotions and interpersonal difficulties. I have sound experience working with, and containing, high levels of emotional distress and have worked with a lot of trauma, whether that be complex and repeated trauma, or one-off single traumatic events. Thus events might have lead to manifest themselves into current symptoms such a panic, social anxiety or difficulty building and maintaining relationships.
For some clients, the repetition of behaviours or relationship patterns may have lead them to feeling stuck or lost as to what to do. For some, distorted or impulsive thought patterns are leading the individual to feeling isolated and lonely. I hope this gives you an idea that I understand that difficulties are multi-layered and that everyone has their own story, dependent on their history, culture, upbringing and life experience.
The benefit of having trained integratively as a Psychologist is that I have been trained in a number of therapeutic models, (CBT, Psychdynamic, Humanistic, DBT) which means therapy can be tailored to the individual and created anew each time, giving us the choice to either be more structured and logical or more fluid and creative.
The duration of therapy depends on the individual and their difficulties, I am not rigid in session numbers, however I will always be realistic in what can be achieved within time. For some might appear in acute crisis and the need for our work is to stabilise them and give them some tools to enable them to function day to day. For others, longer term therapy which can take a more explorative approach might be better suited. Therapy is an on-going process and sometimes it might feel like you have to take two steps forward and one step backwards in order to notice change.
Whether, you are accessing therapy for the first time or you are returning to therapy I am conscious that the initial contact can be a big step. Please either drop me an email or telephone my mobile number where we will be able to gauge a little more about how we can work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
Core Academic Qualifications
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, City University of London
Psychology Conversion course, University of Wolverhampton
BSc (Hons) 2:1 Sociology, University of Loughborough
Further training and Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
5 day intensive Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) training acquired from British Isles DBT Training Team who are the sole licensed provider of DBT training in the UK. DBT is an evidence based psychological therapy used to treat problems associated with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder or other mental health problems.
3 day Schema Therapy training with ISST.
Autumn 2019 - Currently undertaking an 8 day training 'Certificate in Working with Couples and Other Relationships'. This course is approved by COSRT (the College of Sex and Relationship Therapists) for 48 hours of CPD.
I am registered with the Health Professions Council (HCPC) and am a chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
I have worked in a number of NHS Primary and Secondary care mental health services in North and North East London working with a range of presentations including, depression, anxiety disorders (OCD, specific phobias), interpersonal difficulties (BPD), trauma and relationship difficulties. My most recent NHS experience has been within a specialist personality disorder team working primarily with EUPD (Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder) where I worked in a DBT team offering twice weekly (group and individual) therapy to clients. I have also worked in the charitable sector.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Initial 75 minute assessment - £90
Individual therapy - £80 per 50 minute session
For a free 15 minute telephone consultation, please call me or email me giving your phone number and an indication of a good time for me to call you.
My private practice is in a welcoming room in the centre of Hertford. I can recommend transport links and places to park should you require them.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client