Shropshire - Staffordshire
MSc CBT - BA(Hons) Adult Behavioural Psychotherapy -Specialist Practitioner Mental Health (NMC) - RMN
I have worked as a BABCP accredited CBT psychotherapist since 1999 and possess a Masters in CBT and a BA(Hons) in Adult Behavioural Psychotherapy. Upon completing my training as a Registered Mental Nurse (1995) I began working as a nurse counsellor in a busy day hospital before completing a specialised 18 month full-time CBT course (BAHons) at Sheffield Hallam University in 1998. In 2003, I obtained a MSc in CBT from Derby University before setting up in private practice shortly afterwards. I went on to found what was to become a very large and successful mental health rehabilitation company acting as its Clinical Director for 14 years before returning back to private practice.
I have expertise in delivering CBT for many disorders and have a particular interest in the treatment of Depression and Anxiety.
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a form of talking therapy which has been clinically proven to be highly effective in the treatment of psychological/physical difficulties such as; Anxiety Phobias, Agoraphobia, Panic, OCD, Worry, Stress, Depression (mild to moderate), IBS, Insomnia, CFS, Chronic Pain and PTSD.
Cognitive relates to what we think and how we think. Behavioural relates to the activities we do or don’t do to make ourselves feel better or worse. For example; avoiding crowded places (Behavioural) because you think you will panic (Cognitive) and embarrass yourself (Cognitive). A CBT therapist will work with you to help you make sense of your difficulties and teach you ways to successfully overcome them and return back to normal levels of functioning. CBT focuses not so much on why your problem(s) occurred but more importantly on why they haven’t gone away. Ultimately, therapy can be broken down into to three stages:
Understanding your problems/obtaining symptom relief
Treatment and becoming your own therapist
Staying well after treatment has finished
CBT is not a “Listening” therapy like traditional counselling. Rather, it is a “Doing/Teaching” therapy, one where you and your therapist will work together in equal amounts to help you return back to normal levels of functioning. Sessions will ideally be weekly and will build upon each other. It is difficult to say how many sessions will be required but CBT is a short term therapy and an average of 8 sessions is likely.
Costs and Insurance
Therapy sessions are £75 per hour. I am a registered service provider with the following health insurance companies:
AVIVA - AXA PPP - BUPA - CIGNA - VITALITY
Due to Covid-19 I am currently conducting therapy via Zoom and Teams.