Stephen East - BABCP Accredited CBT & EMDR - Telephone/Online BUPA
Hello and welcome,
Are you are struggling with difficult emotions or simply feeling stuck? Perhaps you have no motivation, feeling down or on edge? I can help. With over twelve years clinical experience in helping many people with difficulties just like yours, why not get in touch and overcome these problems together?
I am a fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and EMDR practitioner with over twelve years experience in helping people overcome psychological problems. I believe that as human beings we may all struggle to cope with lives challenges at some point in and that we do this in our own unique way. Because of this I will work collaboratively with you and tailor our therapy to you suit you rather than offering generic 'one size fits' all approach as is often offered. This ensures that you will feel listened to and empowered in your own recovery. I have worked in many settings including Primary Care, Secondary Care, Luxury Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centres, and exclusively as an online therapist over the past two years. I am also a clinical supervisor and guest lecturer at universities.
BUPA - BUPA members welcome as I am a BUPA provider.
I offer Effective Therapy Online from the comfort of your own home - connect with me wherever you are, at a time that suits you. I will use scientifically proven methods to help you move away from the life you don't want, and move towards the life you do want.
What I offer:
- Evidence based psychotherapy to reduce symptoms of Depression, Anxiety and other psychological problems
- £85 per 55 minute session (contact me for possible longer term discounts)
- Online therapy from the comfort of your own home
- Convenient - no travelling, no parking, no stress!
- Flexible - Out of hours work and weekends are not a problem
- CBT and EMDR to address a wide range of problems
- Short and more long term work available
- BABCP Accredited CBT with over 12 years experience (no 120981)
- ACTO member - specially qualified in online therapy
A little about me:
My name is Stephen East and I am a fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and EMDR practitioner with over twelve years experience in helping people overcome psychological problems. I have worked in many settings including Primary Care, Secondary Care, Luxury Rehabilitation Centres, and as an online therapist over the past two years. I am also a CBT clinical supervisor and guest lecturer for Teesside University. This means that I train and supervise trainee CBT therapists in a professional capacity and enjoy passing on my knowledge and experiences to them.
I have many specialist interests after having worked in many diverse settings. These include but are not limited to: Panic Disorder, PTSD, OCD, Health Anxiety, Addictions, Trauma, Depression, Insomnia, Low Self Esteem, Anger and Generalised Anxiety Disorder. As a CBT therapist I help the client to identify unhelpful thinking and patterns of behaviour. Once these are recognised we work together to learn to challenge our thinking and find alternative balanced thoughts. Similarly we identify more helpful behaviours that are congruent with a person's values and goals and try these out experimentally to lead to positive adaptive behaviour change. I also may bring in work to help tolerate difficult emotions and encourage self compassion. My style helps clients to rediscover direction in life and build self esteem, which are two things often found to be lacking when someone is experiencing psychological distress.
For trauma focused work I would usually use EMDR as it is NICE recommended and very effective for reducing symptoms associated with trauma and PTSD. EMDR is a form of therapy that uses eye movements to process traumatic memories allowing the person to move past the emotional distress linked to them. I have used this method very effectively working with addictions using the State-Feeling Protocol which helps people break the connection between the feeling they are seeking and the addictive behaviour they find themselves repeating.
Experience Working Online:
I have been working as an online therapist for the past two years and am currently completing General Certificate in Online Counselling & Psychotherapy allowing me to be ACTO (Association for Counselling and Therapy Online) registered. I find online therapy to be very positive both in terms of the results and the quality of therapeutic relationships developed. Even I was a little sceptical of online therapy to begin with. I was concerned that it may feel too different or not be as effective. I have since found online therapy to be really helpful and just as effective as face to face. In fact, recent research shows online therapy to reap even better results than face to face. Clients often report how they have found online therapy easier somehow than face to face, especially if there was shame involved as it allowed a sense of distance allowing them to be more honest and open than when in the room with someone. Many have also found online therapy to be more convenient as they can choose times that suit them and there is not travel time needed. They can also record the session and watch it back again later should they choose to.
On a personal note, as well as a therapist I am very passionate about travel, music and self development. When not in practice I can often be found enjoying time walking, time with family and friends, and practising with other musicians. If you think my skills could be helpful to you then please do not hesitate to get in touch and we can work on these difficulties together.
2016. Post Graduate Certificate for Clinical Supervision of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
2013. Level 1 & 2 EMDR. EMDR Europe
2013. Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
2009. Primary Mental Health Care Post Graduate Certificate.
2007. Post Graduate Certificate in Health Psychology
2004. Psychology BSc
Professional Body Memberships:
2018. ACTO - Associate for Counselling and Therapy Online. Student Member No 436
2016. British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies. No 120981
The problems I work with:
- Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia
- Health Anxiety
- Relationship Problems
- Social Anxiety
- Poor Sleep
- Any many more...
How Does This Work?
We can conduct our sessions online via several different software programmes. This allows for sessions to be recorded so you can watch them back later and have them to keep to help you on your road to recovery.
How much does this cost:
Prices start at only £85 per 55 minutes. This is considerably lower than most current face to face or other online therapy prices in your area. Affordable prices for first class service.
Methods I use:
As a CBT therapist I help my clients to identify unhelpful thinking and patterns of behaviour. Once these are recognised we work together to learn to challenge our thinking and find alternative balanced thoughts. Similarly we identify more helpful behaviours that are congruent with a person's values and goals and try these out experimentally to lead to positive adaptive behaviour change. I also may bring in work to help tolerate difficult emotions and encourage self compassion. My style helps clients to rediscover direction in life and build self esteem, which are two things often found to be lacking when someone is experiencing psychological distress.
What is CBT?
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help people manage their problems by changing the way they think and therefore behave. It is often successfully used to treat anxiety and depression, but is useful for a range of mental and physical health problems, in addition to related issues like sleep etc. CBT can help you deal with your negative thoughts and behaviours in a more positive way, therefore changing your emotions. CBT recognises that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected and can trap you in a vicious cycle where negative thoughts become dominant.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of depression and many types of anxiety. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) which is recommended for the treatment of many anxiety disorders including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD.
What is EMDR?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.
More than 30 positive controlled outcome studies have been done on EMDR therapy. Some of the studies show that 84%-90% of single-trauma victims no longer have post-traumatic stress disorder after only three 90-minute sessions. Another study, funded by the HMO Kaiser Permanente, found that 100% of the single-trauma victims and 77% of multiple trauma victims no longer were diagnosed with PTSD after only six 50-minute sessions. In another study, 77% of combat veterans were free of PTSD in 12 sessions. There has been so much research on EMDR therapy that it is now recognised as an effective form of treatment for trauma and other disturbing experiences by organisations such as the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organisation and the Department of Defence. Given the worldwide recognition as an effective treatment of trauma, you can easily see how EMDR therapy would be effective in treating the “everyday” memories that are the reason people have low self-esteem, feelings of powerlessness, and all the myriad problems that bring them in for therapy. Over 100,000 clinicians throughout the world use the therapy. Millions of people have been treated successfully over the past 25 years.
EMDR therapy is an eight-phase treatment. Eye movements (or other bilateral stimulation) are used during one part of the session. After the clinician has determined which memory to target first, he asks the client to hold different aspects of that event or thought in mind and to use his eyes to track the therapist’s hand as it moves back and forth across the client’s field of vision. As this happens, for reasons believed by a Harvard researcher to be connected with the biological mechanisms involved in Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, internal associations arise and the clients begin to process the memory and disturbing feelings. In successful EMDR therapy, the meaning of painful events is transformed on an emotional level. For instance, a rape victim shifts from feeling horror and self-disgust to holding the firm belief that, “I survived it and I am strong.” Unlike talk therapy, the insights clients gain in EMDR therapy result not so much from clinician interpretation, but from the client’s own accelerated intellectual and emotional processes. The net effect is that clients conclude EMDR therapy feeling empowered by the very experiences that once debased them. Their wounds have not just closed, they have transformed. As a natural outcome of the EMDR therapeutic process, the clients’ thoughts, feelings and behaviour are all robust indicators of emotional health and resolution—all without speaking in detail or doing homework used in other therapies.
How can we get started?
Call me on +44 33 3303 4220 or email me and we can arrange an initial session. I am looking forward to working with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Fully qualified and accredited CBT therapist with BABCP. I have been working in Primary Care services for ten years and have vast experience in working with clients. I am a CBT clinical supervisor and have guest lectured at Teesside University on the CBT Post Graduate Diploma. I have also worked at Luxury Addiction Rehabilitation facilities and used groundbreaking techniques to help people to overcome their addictive behaviours.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Feeling sad
- Postnatal Depression
- Anger Management
- Behaviour Problems
- Work Stress
- Family issues
- Online therapist
- Skype therapist
- Stressed Out
- Road Traffic Accidents
- Abusive relationship
- Lost Confidence
Sessions starting at £85 per 55 minutes.
Please contact me for any promotions, special offers or discounts/concessions for longer term work.
Concessions offered for
Please contact me by email and we can arrange an assessment session. From this we can build our understanding of the current problems and develop goals for therapy and move towards these goals together.