About me

Hi, I’m Tina. 

If you're here it's probably because you, or someone you know, need some support right now. I am really sorry to hear that. But I'm also really happy that you are here because reaching out for help is never easy. I know because I've been there. That's why I do what I do now.

Through the last 20 years of clinical, personal, and academic experience I've learned a lot of skills and techniques to help people to quieten their minds, take back control, and refresh their relationships. I have helped people just like you to find freedom from frustration, worry, and guilt. 

I am a fully insured, BABCP accredited, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. This means I have undertaken specific post-graduation training and continue to adhere to strict standards of conduct, performance, and ethics.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been found to be helpful for a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions. During CBT we are helped to examine how we think about a situation (cognitions) and how this affects the way we act (behaviour). In turn, our actions can affect how we think and feel. The way our body feels is linked to our emotions and our thoughts. If negative interpretations of situations go unchallenged, then these patterns in our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and behaviour can become part of a continuous cycle and keep issues going.

Everybody is different. So, working together we map out your individual patterns and take note of any thoughts or behaviours that are unhelpful for you. We then think about whether those could be changed in any way. We will focus on what is going on in your life right now, but we might also look at your past, and think about how your past experiences have impacted the way you see the world today.

Why CBT?

  • NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) is an organisation that produces guidelines that are evidence-based recommendations for health and care in England. CBT is recommended as the most effective treatment for anxiety disorders and is also recommended for the treatment of depression by NICE. NICE recommends CBT in the treatment of the following conditions:
  • agoraphobia
  • depression
  • generalised anxiety disorder
  • illness/health anxiety
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • panic attacks
  • panic disorder
  • phobias
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • trichotillomania

There is also good evidence that CBT is helpful in treating many other conditions, including:

  • chronic fatigue
  • chronic pain
  • physical symptoms without a medical diagnosis
  • sleep difficulties
  • anger management

*There are many psychotherapists and counsellors offering cognitive behavioural therapy. Always ensure that your therapist is professionally accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP).

Mindfulness

I am also a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teacher and practice meditation and mindfulness myself daily. ‘’Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”

This is the classic definition of Mindfulness given by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Kabat-Zinn is credited with bringing Mindfulness to the West. Although Mindfulness originates from Buddhist philosophy, it is not a religious practice. There are several elements to Mindfulness that can be quite subtle. With practice, we learn how to step out of autopilot and make more skillful decisions. Mindfulness, therefore, can help us to be less reactive to the world around us and make us feel calmer, more in control and happier. This has been proven in many research studies.

The Next Step

When we feel stressed, low, anxious, or burned out we need help as soon as possible, as easily as possible. That’s why I endeavour to offer appointments with minimal waiting times, as easily as possible. 

I appreciate just how difficult it can be to make the decision to get help. Well done for taking the first step. I will try to make the journey as painless as possible. Either call or email me so we can work out what to do next.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Full BABCP Accredited CBT psychotherapist.
  • Over 13 years of experience working within mental health settings.
  • Experience in the NHS, voluntary, and private practice.
  • Experienced at supporting young people, adults, older adults, and organisations.
  • Extensive experience in designing, writing, and facilitating mental health workshops and courses.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in High-Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (University of East Anglia)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Low-Intensity CBT Supervision (University of Exeter)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Low-Intensity Psychological Therapies (Anglia Ruskin University)
  • BSc (Hons) 1st Class Psychosocial Sciences (University of East Anglia)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BABCP

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Long-term physical health conditions and how they affect, or are affected by, mental health/stress.
  • Insomnia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Pain
  • IBS
  • Migraine
  • Tinnitus

Photos & videos

Fees

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • Aviva
  • AXA PPP
  • Vitality

Additional information

Also registered with Cigna

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

I have two specialist areas of interest. The first is mum's mental health. Right through from perinatal mental health (PND, PNI), teaching your children emotional intelligence, to negotiating with teenagers and young adults. Once a mum, always a mum. I run a support group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/goodenoughmum

The second is how long-term physical health conditions (LTC) impact, and are impacted by, our mental health. This includes those medically unexplained conditions, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, and IBS. I have helped many individuals to overcome these issues and indeed recovered from Fibromyalgia myself. You can read more about this approach here: https://www.evolve-psychotherapy.co.uk/stress-illness

Great Yarmouth
Norfolk
NR31

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a Counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

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.

All appointments are conducted online or via telephone.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

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