My core profession is mental health nursing and I have extensive experience of working with adults with mental health issues in both university and a variety of NHS mental health settings.
Using an integrative approach, I have helped many people in distress, with a broad range of issues including Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Phobias, Self-harm, Stress, Worrying, Trauma, Self-Esteem and Assertiveness Skills.
I offer confidential, face to face psychological therapy within a supportive, non-judgemental approach. My objective is that we will work together to explore and assess your difficulties to secure a clear understanding of your specific psychological and emotional problems, and related behaviours. Typically by the end of our second session, we will have established that this approach is right for you and that you are comfortable to proceed further.
We will then negotiate goals and plans together, going on to utilise evidence based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), with a view to enabling you to realise your goals for improvement or change.
Working collaboratively, our sessions will involve very active, change oriented processes, where you can learn to use new techniques and strategies. Together we will agree on tasks that can help you to implement or test out that new learning in between sessions as you feel able to, whilst utilising your existing strengths and skills.
In this way, the ultimate aim is that you can learn to become your own therapist.
Training and Qualifications
I have done a variety of training relating to mental health over a long period, including a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy and a Master’s degree in Advanced Practice – Mental Health.
Accreditation and Regulatory Membership
I am a member of the following accrediting and regulatory bodies:
• British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies – Provisional Accredited Member
• Nursing and Midwifery Council
I am available on Thursdays