I am a qualified and experienced Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist( CBT Therapist) I am accredited with the BABCP. I work part of my time in the NHS offering CBT Interventions and Therapy on the NHS for an IAPT Team and I see private patients. I love my work with the NHS it is fantastic that people with mood problems can now get access to Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy. For people who do not want to wait for free treatment on the NHS I can offer private therapy at a very reasonable cost Please call me on the number supplied or e-mail me, I will get straight back to you
CBT or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an approach which helps people who are depressed or anxious to change the way they think about themselves other people and the world. People with emotional problems like depression anxiety or Low Self Esteem have often had experiences in childhood or adulthood which have affected the way they see themselves others and the world. Bullying at school, abuse, redundancy, divorce stress at work and bereavement can lead to people thinking in a negative or biased way, they can become depressed or develop an anxiety disorder and can begin to fear people or places that do not pose any risk. CBT can help you overcome these problems and help you to feel better so that you can get back to enjoying your life.
I am also trained in Compassion Focussed Therapy which teaches people who may be very self critical and may hate aspects of themselves (usually because they have been in abusive relationships with other people who have repeatedly put them down) to develop compassion for themselves and their past experiences Compassion focussed therapy helps people to start to find love and compassion for themselves and mute the inner bully or inner critic
People who are depressed can become very low, feel tired, lose motivation and interest in activities which they previously enjoyed. People can start to think in a very negative way and begin to isolate themselves from friends and family. People with anxiety may start to worry about how others see them, about their own or others health, have doubts about work they may have carried out. People may worry they have a dangerous illness, they may fear being trapped or unable to escape in a crowd, they may fear saying something stupid or blushing or stuttering. People lose confidence in the world and fear bad things could happen or things could go wrong if they are not in control. It is the way people perceive situations that is often at fault. rather than the situation itself. I can help people to change the way they are thinking and to reverse avoidance or withdrawal. It is only by targeting negatively biased thinking and changing the associated behaviour that we can overcome problems with anxiety and depression
My expertise is in working using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with patients who have depression, anxiety ,Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, social phobia, OCD, panic disorder, agoraphobia, eating disorders, drug or alcohol problems, phobias like spider phobia, or agoraphobia, stress, low self esteem and Body Dysmorphic Disorders. My speciality is in working with people who have Generalised Anxiety Disorder and OCD. I work with people with severe stress and worry problems probably more than any other patient group as these are the patients who most commonly present to me at the NHS Team I work with
I enjoy my work and the wonderful people that I meet every day. I enjoy most of all helping people to overcome the difficulties that life can create through experience, trauma, abuse and childhood adversity. I can usually help people to trace how their problem developed and what is keeping it stuck. From there with a little work from you and a little work from me we can start to make the changes in your life you may need to make to enjoy a full and meaningful existence in this sometimes difficult world. People with problems considering CBT therapy or counselling can also get help for free from their local NHS IAPT Team. You will need to see your GP and he will signpost you. However you will need to wait 4 weeks to 12 weeks for an appointment. This link advises you on your choices
If you are having thoughts of harming yourself please call your GP or 111 or present at A and E. If you or someone else is at risk call 999. You can also call Samaritans on 116123
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications range from Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, BA Honours Degree in Applied Psychology, Certificate in Counselling, Diploma in Behaviour Therapy, Diploma Drug and Alcohol Nursing ENB612, Higher National Diploma(HND) in Health and Caring Practise. I have also carried out extensive training in different psychological therapies like Compassion focussed Therapy, Solution Focussed Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, coaching, Mindfulness based CBT, DBT and ACT
I have worked in the NHS for 25 years. Ten years as a CBT Therapist with a local IAPT Team 15 years in drug and alcohol services as a CBT Therapist with service users with drug and alcohol problems. Prior to qualifying as a CBT Therapist I was carrying out Drug and Alcohol counselling with NHS clients using many of the evidence based approaches described above. Prior to this I worked in the voluntary sector in mental health and drug and alcohol treatment and with probation services in Sheffield for ten years. I have always enjoyed helping people with addiction problems overcome the difficulties with the substance itself and the underlying issues which are usually triggering such behaviour. Watching people change with my assistance is the most rewarding experience for me and keeps me happy in my work. CBT is the best tool I have come across for helping people move from stuck to functional, from scared to confident, from struggling to coping
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.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My rates are competitive and variable depending on service required ie face to face, telephone or computer or Skype based. The usual fee is £50 for an hour. Most problems will need four to eight sessions. The first session is assessment and at that session we will decide between us what you will need. Usually we can decide from a phone call whether CBT is for you. You will not be charged for initial phone assessment. So what's holding you back ? the future is waiting, a future in which you are not limited by your fears, your addiction or your lack of confidence. Together we can make it better. CBT works for 80% of the people I see but only if they are motivated to try to carry out the necessary work and change the old stuck behaviours and ruts which keep us from fulfilling our potential and achieving success as friends, lovers, workers, professionals, sportsmen or just to be content and happy in this crazy world. CBT is an active therapy in which you change thinking and behaviour it is not just about talking. Talking alone wont change anything
I am available Daytime, Evenings and weekends
Here are some Links which will explain Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy and the choices open to you in the NHS and in the private sector
1. What is CBT?
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3. What can I expect
4. What services are there for me?