Even before the recent pandemic, the demands we have placed on us have left us vulnerable to anxiety and depression. Things like increased working hours, the rise of social media and the pressure to be “perfect” have understandably had a negative impact on our mood. We may have also experienced traumatic experiences in our past that have impacted how we feel about ourselves today.
We can find ourself having critical thoughts about ourself, the world or other people. Or be avoiding certain situations. We can feel stuck in a vicious cycle. Using CBT we work together to understand what your cycle looks like and how we can break that cycle and create healthier habits and patterns of thinking.
CBT is a brief intervention and session numbers vary between 6 and 20 sessions; the typical amount being around 12 sessions, with follow up booster sessions encouraged.
As we go through therapy and learn more about your problem and how to help, we build you a toolbox of skills. The aim is for you to take-away your toolbox at the end of sessions which enables you to be your own therapist.
My therapy style is friendly, encouraging, and solution-focussed.
I like to emphasise that we are working together as a team – I am bringing the knowledge of CBT and you the knowledge of your problem. We work together to set goals, develop a shared understanding and practice new coping strategies.
Working in both the NHS and charitable sectors for 10 years as both a therapist and a manager I ensure that I follow evidence-based interventions and the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines. I am also accredited with the BABCP.
When discussing your problems and setting goals I will give you my honest opinion about whether I think a psychological therapy would help and whether CBT and myself are the best to suit what you need.
Please email [email protected] if you have any further questions or to arrange your first session. I will aim to reply to all emails within 48 hours unless I am on a beach (which is looking more and more unlikely).
Please contact me directly to discuss my rates.