Cognitive Behaviour Therapist
"I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being."
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOUR THERAPY
How does it work?
CBT is a talking therapy that focuses on how our thoughts, beliefs and assumptions affect the way we feel and how we respond, physically, emotionally and behaviourally.
CBT has been proven to be effective in treating depression, low self esteem, and all kinds of anxiety, as well as more deep seated issues that can arise from difficult early experiences.
It's a collaborative approach to understanding how your problems have developed, and how they may be being maintained. Together, we will explore situations and areas of difficulty, identify any unhelpful cycles, and help you decide what changes you'd like to make, and how.
"There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in." Leonard Cohen
I'm an experienced, fully qualified and accredited psychotherapist - and a friendly, down to earth human being!
25 years ago I trained as a volunteer youth counsellor, using person-centred therapy. Since then my training has taken me through Psychodynamic counselling and finally to CBT. I love the collaboration, flexibility and pragmatism that a CBT approach offers. As therapist and client we join forces, sharing our expertise and skills to explore, learn, and work things through, to help you feel happier and more in control of your life.
Before setting up my own practice I spent 12 years working for the NHS in mental health services, the last 6 years as a Senior Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor. I hold a First Class Honours degree as well as Post-Graduate Diplomas in Mental Health Studies and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
I have experience in treating a wide range of emotional and psychological problems, including: Depression and Low Self Esteem; Phobias, Panic Disorder; Generalised Anxiety Disorder; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Psychogenic (non-epileptic) Seizures; Health Anxiety; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Complex Trauma relating to difficult early experiences such as childhood sexual abuse.