Experience you can count on
BSc (hons), PG Dip. Cog. Beh. Psych. BABCP accred. since 2009
Full clearance from DBS (disclosure and barring service). Full professional indemnity insurance.
Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to work in mental health and make a positive difference in people's lives. I undertook a first degree in Psychology at the University of Bath (1996) and later completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at the University of Derby (2004). Since this time I have done numerous workshops and courses by recognised practitioners including Prof. Paul Salkovskis, Dr. Christine Padesky, Dr. Chris Williams, Prof. David Veale, Prof. Roz Sharfran and Prof. Paul Gilbert. I continue to attend regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) events in line with BABCP requirements.
Since completing my post graduate studies in 2004, I have worked in a wide variety of both NHS and private settings, offering individual CBT to adults face to face. Whist living in the Midlands, I began clinical practice in private organisations before working as a locum practitioner in a number of different IAPT (NHS) teams. More recently, I have had experience of delivering CBT effectively both via the telephone and online. I now practice privately to enable me to offer an individually tailored service, which allows me to provide quality care in a timely fashion and without external restriction.
STYLE OF WORKING
I believe in working as part of a team, albeit a very small team, with you. I bring the CBT but you always remain the expert on yourself. I work from an individual formulation (not a pre-scripted protocol or book!) and keep things as straightforward and clear as possible, working in an informal and friendly but professional manner. You can be exactly who are really are! My aim is to enable you to 'become your own therapist' - that way you can work to maintain your
progress long after therapy has finished. I am known for backing up my sessions
with relevant handouts, that are yours to retain and refer back to. Many of my clients have even told me, 'it / you weren't as scary / bad as I'd feared', which I think is a compliment!.