I am a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT) and use CBT in my practice to work with a range of issues. CBT is an evidence-based treatment that has been shown to be very effective at helping people with a wide range of issues including anxiety and depression. It is based on the idea that your thoughts, feelings and actions are interconnected and focuses on changing your thoughts and actions to change how you feel.
If we worked together, we would use CBT to find ways of gaining clarity about your current problems and finding new ways of managing difficulties and improving aspects of your life. The process would be collaborative and I work very flexibly, adapting the therapy to suit you and what you would like to achieve.
My clinical experience
My clinical expertise includes working extensively with anxiety problems; in particular generalised anxiety and worry, panic attacks, phobias and social anxiety. I have also worked with depression that may be a reaction to a particular event or related to more long standing issues. I can also work with bereavement and some kinds of addictive behaviours. Most recently, I have been working at a specialist service with people who have been through a significant trauma and have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Is CBT for me?
Working with a cognitive behavioural therapy approach will feel more structured and practical than other forms of therapy. CBT involves actively thinking about a problem from different angles, trying out new ways of doing things and monitoring your mood to learn about what helps and what doesn't. You will learn techniques and strategies for managing anxiety and worry differently and be encouraged to try out different ways of coping with feelings, thoughts and problems. There will be opportunities to reflect on your experiences, and explore what these have meant for you. You’ll be encouraged to use these insights to make valuable changes.