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BACP Accred Adolescent CBT Counsellor

About me

Hello.

Being a teenager can be hard, and having a teenager can be hard too. Its okay. If you are worried, perhaps its time to get help. Life is particularly challenging at present and its never to early to seek support.

I am BACP Accredited CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) Counsellor and have worked in young peoples mental health for over 10 years. By reading this you have taken the first and bravest step in what can feel like a daunting world.

You or your child are may worried about Covid, lockdown, exams, the future...not to mention the day to day stresses that occur on top of that. The cup of resilience might be empty, which might be showing itself in outburst, low mood, controlling behaviours, anxiety, anger....its all normal and completely understandable.

These a just a few of the reasons young people can find themselves needing to talk at present, they are understandable feelings that will have an impact on wellbeing and family life. I am qualified to help understand these things, and can arm young people with the tools to help them for life.

Did you know that areas of our brain associated with emotions and memories (the pre-frontal cortex, the amygdala, and the hippocampus) are particularly plastic and all forms of therapy, regardless of theoretical orientation, can be successful in fostering neural growth and integration

Therapy and coaching can all be thought of as viable means of forging lasting neuroplastic change, as well as emotional and behavioural change. Change is entirely possible because of neuroplasticity.

I say to my clients that you need to get out of your comfort zone to rewire your brain. But don't worry, you can do it incrementally. Instead of diving off the high diving board when you don't know how to swim, try jumping off the edge of the pool into the deep water ...just out of your comfort zone. If you wait until your completely confident to try something new, you will not change and grow as quickly. You NEED mild stress in order to change.

Let therapy be the first jump into the pool of water.

I'd like to simplify some of the jargon for you, to make this an easier process:

What is CBT?

CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and works with the idea that our thoughts impact on how we feel which impact on what we do and how we behave. Understanding this can give us a map, which can show what might need tweaking and changing.

It can uncover unhelpful ways of being and thinking that might be creating the problem you are suffering with. When worried or distressed people can fall into patterns that can make things worse. CBT can unpick this and you can work towards short-term goals or more long-term changes.

CBT is suitable for many kinds of problems from anxiety and depression, to phobias, panic and insomnia. It can help you calm down and relax, and will give you tools to take forwards long after therapy has ended.

Why CBT?

CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), as the 1st line treatment for anxiety and depression, meaning it is the chosen treatment. It is an effective evidence based approach that has been widely researched to have positive outcomes. It can work well with both adults and young people and will give you tools for life.

What can I expect?

After an initial telephone conversation, where you can ask me any questions, and give me a general idea of what is worrying you, we will arrange the first session. Sessions last for 50 minutes and are usually weekly at a regular time slot.

My work with Young People and/or their Parents

I have worked as a school counsellor supporting 11-18 year olds for over 7 years. Being an adolescent and having an adolescent can be hard! It's okay to talk about it. There are huge amounts of expectations on young people today and it can be a difficult path to navigate. But there is always the potential to be a vibrant, healthy and extraordinary human being. Self-discovery can be a huge part of that journey.

I can offer short term focused sessions that can help challenge negative thoughts and help you take on impending life changes (e.g.: exams, break-ups, university). I also offer sessions tailored to developing self-esteem and developing emotional intelligence and communication.

Is there anything else I need to know?

It can be useful to look at the impact of first relationships as this is where patterns of relating are formed. Difficulties in relationships, whether they be parents, siblings, friends or partners can have a huge impact on wellbeing.

I am experienced in working with a wide range of issues including worry, depression, anxiety, social anxiety, self-harm, bereavement, relationship problems, family tensions and bullying.

Why Choose an Accredited Therapist?

There is no minimum standard of training needed to offer counselling and psychotherapy.
If you choose an Accredited Therapist you know that they have completed many hours of training, practice and supervision and gone through a rigorous assessment process. You can rest assured that their work is of a high quality and that they work within the Code of Conduct for their organisation.
Insurance companies and employee assistance will usually only use accredited therapists.
For further information look here https://www.bacp.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Trauma Pathway - Betsy De Thierry
  • Understanding Female Neuroscience, Neuroscience Academy
  • Attachment Narrative Therapy - Bowlby Centre, Working with Imagery and CBT, OCTC
  • Working with Young People and Their Families using CBT, OCTC
  • Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CPCAB
  • Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies CPCAB
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills CPCAB
  • PG Certificate in Psychology
  • Aspects of Bereavement Course
  • Creative Ways to Help Young People and their Families

I have worked for over 7 years as a school counsellor supporting young people and staff and have worked in mental health for over 12 years.

I am registered with Bupa, AXA and other major healthcare providers.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

One area I have a special interest in is those who attend or have attended Boarding School. The impacts of such experience can be great, and therapy is an important tool in addressing any problems that may arise as a result.

Fees

£70.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Axa Health
  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Additional information

My fee is £70 for a 50 minute session.

At least 48 hours cancellation notice is required, if less, the full fee will be payable.

I offer an initial telephone consultation for you to ask me any questions, and get an idea of if you think we could work together.

When I work

Daytimes / Evening online

Thame, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX33

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Groups
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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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.

I am able to offer online counselling via zoom.

Online platforms

Zoom