Hello, I am a fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT). I offer a responsive service to people experiencing difficulties with depression, anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), phobias, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), worry & GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder) and other life stresses including those linked to work difficulties, loss and relationship issues.
As part of the initial assessment appointment I will work with you to clarify the problems you most want to address and agree how this can be achieved. CBT is a structured approach which enables you to identify and challenge unhelpful thinking and beliefs which could be maintaining your low mood and anxiety.
We might also look at behaviours which could be exacerbating your difficulties without you being fully aware. There are a range of strategies, which can be used within CBT but the important thing is that it is totally collaborative. This means you as the client will be an active participant in achieving change for yourself. In this sense you will understand how the process is helping you step by step and are more likely to gain lasting benefit.
I have worked as part of an IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service since 2008. Prior to this I had many years working within mental health services including a period as a clinical team leader.
CBT is an evidence based and time limited therapy in terms of the number of appointments required. During the pandemic I have been working with clients online but am now able to offer some face-to-face appointments in Dorchester. Sessions would normally last for an hour and would usually be arranged on a weekly basis. In some instances longer appointments may be required.
I am able to send clients an email summary after each session to help clarify the main points of the therapy content and for us to refer to at our next appointment.
*IMPORTANT: Please note I respond promptly to all email enquiries. It is worth checking your junk mail if my response doesn't appear in your mail box.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered Mental Health Nurse
Registered General Nurse
Community Mental Health Nurse Certificate
Training for interpersonal therapy IPT (April 2015)
MSc Profession & Policy Studies (Community Health) Portsmouth University
BSc Psychological Interventions in the Management of Psychosis / Bournemouth University
PG dip High Intensity Psychological training / CBT (IAPT) University of Exeter
Private CBT practitioner from February 2015
High Intensity / CBT therapist from October 2008
Primary Care Mental Health Development Worker September 2003 to October 2008
Past roles: Community Mental Health Nurse & Clinical Team Leader
(Lecturer Practitioner / Research - Bournemouth University)
Mental Health Nurse (inpatient care)
* I'm also trained in the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) for trauma.
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
CBT for tinnitus sufferers who are experiencing stress, low mood and disturbed sleep from their symptoms.
All day Tuesdays (including evenings till 7pm), Wednesdays, Thursdays, Friday mornings and some Saturday mornings
At this current time with the Covid-19 restrictions I am offering therapy remotely with platforms such as Zoom or Skype. It is proving to be as effective as face-to-face appointments. I am registered with BUPA, AXA and AVIVA.