I am a fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (CBT Therapist for short!) My aim is to provide a supportive, therapeutic service for people who are funding their own Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or who have had CBT authorised through an insurance company.
I have a long history of working in the caring professions with both a general and mental health nursing background. I qualified as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist from Oxford University in 2010. Whilst I enjoy treating a wide range of disorders (depression; postnatal depression; anxiety; health anxiety; social anxiety; phobias; low self- esteem; obsessive compulsive disorder; post-traumatic stress disorder; bereavement) I have a special interest in the psychological difficulties that can affect women in pregnancy, birth and the year after birth. This includes birth trauma and loss.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is recommended by NICE (The Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) as an evidence-based talking therapy for a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions.
I am a Systemic and Family Psychotherapist with wide ranging experience since 1981 in the NHS, Social Services and the independent sector in both out-patient and in-patient settings.
I trained at the Institute of Family Therapy and at the Tavistock Clinic and qualified as a Systemic and Family Psychotherapist in 1997. I have experience with children, adolescents and adults seeking help with a range of emotional, relationship, psychological and psychiatric difficulties, including depression, anxiety, stress, fears, phobias, OCD, self esteem, eating disorders, abuse, trauma, substance misuse, conduct disorders, bereavement, coping with illness, school attendance issues, self harm, sexuality or identity related concerns, difficult life transitions, fostering and adoption issues, work related concerns, managing conflict, divorce and family breakdown.
I aim to work collaboratively with clients and together we can decide whether individual, couple or family therapy would be most appropriate, how often the sessions should be, and whether to aim for short term focused work or longer term more exploratory work. If you are not sure what the problem is we can re-evaluate your situation to arrive at an understanding that will lead to a plan for a helpful way forward.
Systemic Psychotherapy is an approach based on the belief that an individual’s distress arises from how they see themselves and how they relate to the world and to other people rather than something being inherently “wrong” with them. Positive change is therefore often achieved by exploring beliefs and behaviours and how a person is affected by their relationships and the world around them. Family members can be a powerful resource for change and including them in sessions can often lead to recognition of options not previously considered and to the use of untapped strengths and resources. Family sessions provide an opportunity to talk together when there is little time to do this at home and may allow difficult thoughts, feelings and interactions to be more comfortably and fruitfully explored with an intermediary, leading to better understanding, changing unhelpful patterns into helpful ones and ultimately better ways of getting along together.
I aim to provide you with a safe and confidential space in which to explore your difficulties and to find a better way of understanding yourself and others in order to move the situation on in a helpful way. My style is conversational and I ask questions designed to help people think through their concerns. I aim to respect different values and beliefs and recognise that families vary in structure, ethnicity and culture and I regard the term family as meaning any group of people who define themselves as such.
I am registered with UKCP. My training and experience includes research, teaching, and clinical supervision. I trained as a systemic supervisor at the Tavistock Clinic and qualified in 2002 and I have had many years of experience of supervision and consultation to trainee and qualified systemic psychotherapists and professionals of other disciplines.
I can offer an initial consultation to help establish whether my approach is right for you. There is no obligation to take it further. Please feel free to phone or email me with any queries you might have.
Fee : £100 per hour to be paid on the day by cash or cheque or in advance by bank transfer. If an appointment is cancelled I will need 48 hours notice or a fee will have to be charged. I can offer appointments in the late afternoon and early evening.
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