I am a BABCP accredited cognitive and behavioural psychotherapist (CBT) working in the NHS and with a small private practice. I see individuals for one to one therapy from my home near Tetbury.
I treat a wide range of problems including depression, anxiety and stress, phobias, and issues with substance dependency and other addictions. I have a particular interest in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and trauma related mental health difficulties.
I also offer supervision to trainees/students in CBT.
Training, qualifications & experience
Accredited CBT Psychotherapist
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (UWE)
Post Graduate Diploma in Addiction Studies (Leeds University)
Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (Accredited CBT Psychotherapist)
Nursing and Midwifery Council – Registered Nurse
I hold professional insurance and abide by the codes of ethical and professional practice of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Code of ethics & professional practice
As an accredited member of the BABCP, I adhere to the Standards of conduct, performance and ethics set out by the BABCP:
BABCP – Standards of Conduct
As a registered nurse, I adhere to The Nursing & Midwifery Council Standards of conduct, performance and ethics:
I have a professional psychiatric nursing background specialising in drug and alcohol dependency, and have worked within the NHS for nearly twenty years.
Throughout my career I have been privileged to work with people who have presented with a wide spectrum of problems – both physical and psychological. I initially became interested in working with people with complex psychological problems and trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) within specialist substance misuse services. DBT is a branch of therapy aimed towards helping people who have severe difficulties regulating their emotions and consequent behaviours. With a growing awareness of the strong evidence base for the effectiveness of cognitive and behavioural approaches, I decided to train professionally in CBT and have subsequently been working as an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. I have worked extensively within the NHS primary care setting for IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, and currently work within NHS secondary mental health services in Gloucestershire.
Much of my current NHS work involves helping individuals who have experienced some kind of trauma in their lives. I have a particular interest in compassion focussed therapy (CFT), as a branch of CBT that is developing through our growing understanding of how the brain works in relation to emotions. I am particularly experienced in practicing CBT with individuals and groups who suffer from depression, anxiety disorders (including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and specific phobias.
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.