About me

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Qualifications & Training:

Post- Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety and Depression (PG Dip):
University of Sussex 2018-2019.

PGCE in Primary Education:
University of Winchester 2011-2012

I have undertaken further training for 3rd wave CBT approaches, including Compassion Focused Therapy and Comprehend and Cope and Connect (for complex trauma). I have also completed long-term conditions training at the university of Southampton.  I can work flexibly, incorporating these different approaches into my practice.

I have a special interest in working with clients with PTSD due to working with women freed from trafficking for 5 years.

I also have specialist experience in working with Highly Sensitive people (HSPS).

Experience:

I am a qualified, accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). I have worked as a CBT Therapist with the NHS since 2018. I am also a qualified Primary School teacher (since 2011) registered with the GTC.

I have worked in mental health for over three years, with people in a range of NHS Primary Care settings. I have experience of working with people who have mild, moderate, and severe mental health issues. I work in a very holistic way combining a client-led approach, tailored to each person’s individual needs, goals and expectations yet firmly anchored in evidence-based practice.

My core values are empathy, compassion, collaboration and non-judgement. I feel that we all suffer and go through challenging moments. This is not our fault. However, these difficulties can sometimes become more pervasive affecting our ability to function in our daily lives. We are not built to go through this alone and therapy can help us on the journey of human experience.

My background in teaching means I emphasise lifelong learning. I am passionate about empowering clients through ensuring they have access to up-to-date information on their mental health difficulties in order to make informed choices about their treatment. I emphasise strength-based work.

I enable clients to comprehend and make sense of what has brought them to where they are now, as well as developing shared goals. Then, I help them to make changes that will have a positive impact on their wellbeing using therapy tools and strategies.  I am frequently humbled by my client’s experiences and consider being a therapist to be a privilege.

My values:

I work in a very holistic way combining a client-led approach, tailored to each person’s individual needs, goals and expectations yet firmly anchored in evidence-based practice. My background in teaching means I emphasise lifelong learning. I am passionate about empowering clients through ensuring they have access to up-to-date information on their mental health difficulties to make informed choices about their treatment. We all suffer and go through challenging moments. This is not our fault. We are not built to go through this alone and therapy can help us on the journey of human experience. I am frequently humbled by my client’s experiences and consider being a therapist to be a privilege.

The models I work with:

I am mainly a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist working with Depression, Panic, Low Self-esteem, social anxiety, Health Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, CFS, Chronic Pain and Phobias. I am experienced in all evidence-based practices for all the listed disorders including ERP for OCD.  I have undertaken further training for 3rd wave CBT approaches, including Compassion Focused Therapy, Comprehend, Cope and Connect and long-term conditions training. I also have specialist experience with Highly sensitive people (HSPS) and women freed from trafficking.

Moving forward:

We would start with an initial assessment, where you can meet the therapist and ask any questions. They will find out more about the difficulties you are struggling with and be able to make some recommendations for therapy. If you wish to continue following the assessment, we will let your GP know we are working with you. This is part of best practice guidance, but we do not have to give them details if you do not wish us to, unless we are concerned about any risks. Initial assessment 100 pounds, CBT 75 pounds per session.

Qualifications

PGDIP Psychological Therapy (CBT) University of Sussex 2019.

PGCE Primary Education University of Winchester 2011.

BA HONOURS Theatre Studies (theatre in therapy, theatre in education) University of London 2004.

Unearth the Treasure Within

Are you struggling with OCD? Panic? Agoraphobia? Generalised anxiety? Health anxiety? Depression? Specific phobia? Low self-esteem? PTSD? Chronic pain? You are not alone. We are here for you, and we can help. We offer Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), an evidence based talking therapy recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of many psychological difficulties.

BABCP Registration Number: BABCP 180541

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Availability

Tuesdays to Fridays 8am to 7pm.
Earlier, later or weekend appointments may be possible on request.

In Crisis?

Please note we are not a crisis service. If in crisis please contact your GP (during normal working hours) or 111 out of hours or present at A&E. You can also call the Samaritans at any time on their Freephone number: 116 123, email them on jo@samaritans.org or text shout on 85258. You can also use the #stayalive app. If in immediate danger call 999.

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