What is CBT?
Cognitive behavioural therapy is a talking therapy based on the theory that thoughts, feelings, what we do and how our body feels are all connected. If we change one of these we can alter the others.
When people feel worried or distressed we often fall into patterns of thinking and responding which can worsen how we feel. CBT works to help us notice and change problematic thinking styles or behaviour patterns so we can feel better. CBT has lots of strategies that can help you in the here and now.
CBT has a good evidence base for a wide range of mental health problems.
This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and recommends CBT in the treatment of the following conditions:
* Anxiety disorders (including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder)
* Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
There is also good evidence that CBT is helpful in treating many other conditions, including:
* Chronic fatigue
* Chronic pain
* Physical symptoms without a medical diagnosis
* Sleep difficulties
* Anger management
CBT can be offered in individual sessions with a therapist or as part of a group. The number of sessions you need depends on the difficulty you need help with. This will usually be between six and twenty sessions, typically of an hour long.
I will help you to notice any patterns in thinking or behaviours which might be keeping problems going and can offer information about different CBT techniques which could help you.
CBT is not a quick fix – it involves hard work during and between sessions e.g. keeping track of what you are thinking, feeling and doing, or trying out new ways of thinking or acting. Therapy will help you decide what difficulties you want to work on in order to help you improve your wellbeing.
Areas I work with include - anger - anxiety - depression – health anxiety -ocd - panic - perfectionism - procrastination- self-esteem - sexuality - social anxiety - stress - trauma - work related issues - worry
I have 27 years experience working in healthcare as an Occupational Therapist including 11 years as a qualified and BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, working with adults in the NHS and the private sector.
I have managed, and clinically led led teams of staff within the NHS as as an OT and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist including the IAPT service, Prison In-reach Service and Community Mental Health Teams.
At present I work in London and Leicester as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, and am involved with the CBT training course at Coventry University where I supervise trainees and assist with lectures. I also run a successful and busy private practice.
I am BABCP and HCPC Accredited and registered.
My qualifications include
MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
BSc Hons in Occupational Therapy
EMDR - Parts 1-3
Initial sessions are assessments to see whether CBT and my approach is an appropriate option for you.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss further. If I am not available please leave a message and contact number -
Email - [email protected]
Phone - 07584062042