Hi I’m Tina. I understand that sometimes life can be a struggle. It can feel as though we have been swept over the edge of a waterfall and are no longer in control. Sometimes we feel like we’re swimming against the tide, and at other times we can feel as though we are barely treading water or we’re drowning. These times can be really scary for us, and those around us. If you’ve found you’re way here, then you have taken the first step to getting out of the water.
I am a 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.
- 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:
- generalised anxiety disorder
- illness/health anxiety
- obsessive compulsive disorder
- panic attacks
- panic disorder
- post-traumatic stress disorder
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).
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 skilful 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.
Virtual Reality Therapy
Technology has made it easier for me to practice meditation. I use virtual reality to transport myself to a peaceful place to practice at times.
Virtual reality can also be helpful on days when I experience pain from a long-term condition. I use VR to distract me from the physical sensations. This led me to investigate how VR could be used in therapy and I discovered that there is already a lot of research to show that VR can be successfully used in the treatment of phobias. Therefore, I have linked up with a technology company in Silicon Valley to be one of the first psychotherapists in the UK to be offering Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT).
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 easy as possible. As we are all different, and like to communicate in different ways, I offer appointments in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, telephone, Skype and email.
I appreciate just how difficult it can be making the decision to get help. Well done for talking 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 currently employed part-time in the NHS.
- Over 10 years 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 at 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)
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
- Long-term physical health conditions and how they affect, or are affected by, mental health/stress.
- Chronic Pain
Various weekday appointment times available.
My specialist areas of interest include perinatal mental health (PND, PNI), how long-term physical health conditions, (LTC), impact, and are impacted by, mental health, and medically unexplained conditions, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines and IBS.