I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist seeing clients in York and Leeds and working online using Zoom.
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 PTSD.
CBT enables me to work with people in a way that helps them understand their difficulties and develop practical skills to enhance their wellbeing. It is a ‘common-sense’ approach and is based on scientific evaluation and is effective in working with:
- panic and agoraphobia
- social anxiety
- post traumatic stress disorder
- obsessive compulsive disorder
- generalised anxiety (also known as worry)
- health anxiety
- sleep difficulties including insomnia
- low self esteem
- work related stress
Working together we can explore the relationship between your thoughts, emotions and behaviours. This will enable us to have a shared understanding of how the difficulty is being maintained. As we progress through therapy you will develop a range of strategies to help you overcome the problem and feel more in control of daily life. We will enable you to be your own therapist.
I have full accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). Accreditation means that I have had comprehensive post graduate training in CBT and involves me demonstrating my competency to the highest standard. This competency is regularly monitored and ensures that I keep up to date with evidence based research and the application of skills and techniques.
Accreditation is important. Even if you choose not to use my service please ensure that your CBT therapist is accredited with the BABCP.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have extensive experience of working with people who experience psychological distress.
My interest in mental health began in 2000 when I completed my BHSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy from The College of Ripon and York St John. For 10 years I worked as as an OT in acute psychiatric hospitals; in community mental health teams and in secure units.
I completed my Post Graduate Diploma in High Intensity Psychological Therapies at the University of York in 2011. Since then I have worked as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist for the NHS and within the private sector.
I completed my EMDR training in 2015.
I am a BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with special interests in Mindfulness, Compassion Focused Therapy and EMDR.
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
- Skin Picking
- Health Anxiety
- Social Anxiety
In terms of fees you will find that there is a going rate and we are competitively priced. Fees are normally discussed during a telephone consultation and can be paid session by session or in advance. Sessions are 50 minutes long.
Hours of work – I am flexible with session times offering day and evening appointments.
If you are unsure or have any queries then please call or email as I want you to benefit from this service.
I am registered with a number of private healthcare providers including: Bupa, AXA Healthcare, Aviva, Cigna and WPA.
Please feel free to give me a call or email me so that we can arrange a short telephone consultation which will help us establish how CBT or EMDR is going to be helpful for you. From there we can arrange an assessment which will help us develop an understanding of the problem; think about some goals for therapy and how we might start achieving those goals.