Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
As human beings were are remarkably resilient, creative and brave. However there are times in most of our lives when we need a little bit of extra support or guidance. Therapy can offer a non-judgemental space in which to explore difficulties we may be experiencing, and help us find solutions to those difficulties.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a short-term therapy that can help us understand our own unique way of experiencing our worlds, highlight where this might have become stuck or problematic, and facilitate new ways forward. CBT is based on the theory that the ways in which we think, how we feel (both emotionally and physically) and what we do are all closely linked together. It also recognises that these links often create vicious cycles, which can cause us distress. CBT helps to identify these cycles and the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that keep them going. It can also provide a safe space in which to challenge unhelpful thinking and test out new ways of interacting with our worlds. By making meaningful changes to how we think and behave, we often find that we feel better. CBT is also focused on the here and now. Of course, the things that happen to us throughout our lives shape who we are, and therapy can help us understand how certain past events may be contributing to current distress. However the main focus of CBT is to give us tools to move forward with our lives from where we are in the present.
There is evidence to suggest that CBT may be an effective form of treatment for a variety of difficulties. These include: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Worry, Sleep Problems, Low Self Esteem, Self Confidence, Social Anxiety, Phobias, Panic Attacks, Agoraphobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), Health Anxiety, Habit Disorders (e.g. skin picking or hair pulling) and Hoarding.
For further information about CBT, please see the The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
What To Expect
The decision to start therapy is often anxiety-provoking, particularly if you don’t know what to expect, or have had difficult experiences in the past. Most people also say that the first contact is the hardest. Part of my role is to make this process as easy as possible for you.
If you think you would be interested in trying therapy or have any questions, please contact me, either by telephone or email. We can then arrange a free 15 minute, no-obligation telephone consultation at a mutually convenient time. During this telephone call I will ask you a few questions about the difficulties you are having, tell you more about CBT and my private practice, and you can ask me any questions you might have. Following this telephone consultation, if we both think therapy might be helpful, we can arrange a first session. While the treatment plan we establish will be unique to you, the typical length of CBT treatment is between 6 and 20 sessions, with each session usually lasting around 50 minutes. Treatment sessions are generally face to face, at The Little Escape in Crystal Palace. However if you think that either the initial telephone consultation or face to face sessions might be difficult please contact me to discuss other arrangements.
Qualifications and Experience
- British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (BABCP) Accredited
- 2013: PGDip Cognitive Behaviour Therapies – Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
- 2011: PGCert Psychology – Birkbeck College, London
- 2009: PGDip Cognitive Behavioural and other Outcomes-Based Interventions – UCL
- 2007: Certificate in Counselling Skills – Westminster Pastoral Foundation
- 1998: BA (Hons) Philosophy – University of Kent
Prior to moving into full-time private practice in 2017, I worked for 11 years in a variety of settings across NHS Mental Health services, most recently within NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Supervisor. While I enjoy working with the range of difficulties helped by CBT, I have developed particular interests, experience and skills in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Social Phobia and Depression, and in the use of both Mindfulness and Compassion-Focused Therapy.