Dr Sarah Cannon-Gibbs, DPsych, HCPC Reg
In light of recent government guidance and the current situation in our country I will be moving all of my clinical work online via Zoom. Zoom is highly effective for online work and I acknowledge during these times that support for your mental health is paramount. Please do give me call or email to discuss more.
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, regulated by the HCPC and 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. Thus I have experience working with and containing high levels of emotional distress.
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 clients 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 whether I am able to help you and a little more about how we can work together.
I have undertaken additional specialised training in relational therapy for couples and other relationships which has equipped me to work with the complexities and dynamics that relationships present. I have an interest in working with communication difficulties amongst couples, as well as psychosexual difficulties. I appreciate that relationship therapy might seem daunting for a couple but I offer a safe, open and sensitively challenging environment where the main focus is on 'working on your relationship' and where both parties feel supported and heard in therapy.
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.
Certificate in Working with Couples and Other Relationships. CORST (the College of Sex and Relationship Therapists) Approved.
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.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£90-£110 for Individual and Couples therapy.
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.