I am a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist working with people to help them manage their emotional distress. I find the techniques and style of CBT invaluable in helping clients move forward with their problems. I am frequently impressed by the speed of recovery which can be achieved with relatively few sessions.
My background is that I have worked for the NHS for over ten years until relatively recently when I decided to concentrate on my private work. In the NHS I was part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. I have a Post-Graduate Diploma in evidence-based psychological treatment which was awarded in 2010. I attained accreditation with the leading CBT body BABCP in 2012. During this time I worked with a range of different problems that could be loosely labelled anxiety and depression, this included stress and low self-esteem. I believe that I am able to put people at their ease and also able to motivate them to change. I try hard to explain CBT in ways that is understandable to all and to work together with the client to establish some meaningful goals.
I have an interest in and have attended training in both Mindfulness and in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Previously I worked in a variety of roles within the mental health field, I managed a Primary Care Counselling Service and worked for SANE and for Diabetes UK. I started my mental health career with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-centred and existential counselling.