BSc (Hon), Msc, BABCP, BPS
I am a qualified Rational-Emotive Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (RECBT) psychotherapist, typically offering CBT as a multimodal evidence-based therapy for mild to moderate mental health issues. This simply means that I have an integrative style of therapy which I apply to your individual needs, depending on what problem areas you would like to focus our work on. Alongside our private practise, I have worked for a number of years in different NHS services in England, as well as in multi-agency Drug and Alcohol services where I trained.
Background & Qualifications
I have a long history of work experience in the social sector starting back in 1997 in roles mostly working with adults. These began with special needs/vulnerable adults in a private capacity, within specialist services, but include the voluntary sector, Primary Care psychology services in the NHS and in private practice with our team of chartered psychologists and other health professionals. I have completed an Undergraduate degree in Psychology, a Certificate in Counselling skills and a Masters degree in RECBT. I hold membership with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP membership no. 150206) and the British Psychological Society (BPS membership no. 157428.)
Whether you are trying to cope with emotional difficulties, struggling to understand yourself or why you are living in a vicious cycle, having relationship problems, painful life experiences or work-related stress, then perhaps you could benefit from discussing your problems with me. I work with adults in one-to-one or couples therapy, providing short–long term therapy. I have trained in managing addictions (drug and alcohol dependency) but competent in dealing with anger management, anxiety disorders (including; GAD, health anxiety, OCD, panic disorder, PTSD, social anxiety, and specific phobias), eating disorders, low mood/depression and low self-esteem and stress.
How I work and my approach to therapy
Most clients appreciate my empathic nature and collaborative style albeit a challenging process of working towards your goals. Therapy can be an explorative journey of key problem areas which opens you to rediscover your own strengths. Guiding clients through this process, can be inspiring and empowering, as you develop greater self-awareness and self-reflection skills – learning to become your own therapists. Therein, I aim to teach you specific skills and techniques to help improve unhealthy views of self, others and the world around you.
Start of therapy involves us meeting to discuss your primary concerns, an assessment of the problem areas, your expected goals for therapy and the framework of therapy I will be using for our sessions. On the basis of you agreeing to work with me, there will be 2 main stages to treatment: firstly, identifying and working on problem areas and obstacles to personal growth that may be distressing you. This usually requires a greater proportion of our time together. Thereafter, developing skills to maintain positive wellbeing.
CBT is the general form of therapy I use. It’s like an umbrella term for a number of different ways of applying talking therapies that aim to help clients change unhelpful thinking styles in order to break unhealthy cycles you may be unwittingly maintaining. My core training however has been in RECBT, developed originally as a transdiagnostic form of therapy, so it can be used across different problem areas. RECBT doesn’t aim to remove the adversity itself, but by using rational logical principles and flexible thinking styles, it can help you to develop greater tolerance and acceptance of one’s adversities and in doing so, find solutions to overcoming further adversity, minimise distress and help reach goals. For a more detailed description about RECBT, or other approaches you may be interested to know more about, click here.