I am a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist based in Chippenham, Wiltshire with experience supporting both adults and young people. I am a warm and compassionate therapist who understands the importance of developing a trusting relationship where you can confidentially share your difficulties. I offer a listening ear, without judgement, and support in overcoming your difficulties and achieving your life goals. I believe in therapy being a collaborative process where you have the knowledge of your difficulties and the impact they have on your life whilst I offer knowledge and guidance in how to overcome these difficulties.
I have a great deal of experience supporting people with mental health and emotional difficulties, gained in various settings for over 5 years. As well as my independent practice I currently offer therapy for adults within the NHS and also within a school for young people with social, emotional, and mental health needs. Difficulties I have experience treating. I offer one to one support for a wide range of individual difficulties, including but not limited to:
– Depression and Low Mood
– Low Self-Esteem
– General Anxiety including Worry and Panic
– Social Anxiety
– Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
– Phobias and Fears- Anger and Irritability
– Traumatic Experiences and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
– Childhood and Complex Trauma
– Perfectionism and Control
– Emotional Intensity and Regulation
– Sleep Disturbance
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a branch of psychological therapy that is evidence-based and somewhat different to traditional counselling. CBT involves helping people to recognise that as humans we are conscious beings who are constantly thinking and how we think about our experiences can have a real impact on how we feel and act. It involves the client and therapist collaboratively gaining an understanding of the development and impact of his/her personal difficulties and designing and practicing interventions to help overcome them.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT as the first choice of psychological treatment for many mental health difficulties including depression and all branches of anxiety. I believe that this is because CBT is a practical therapy that involves not only sharing your struggles but also being supported to make changes to your life that lead to a greater sense of achievement, purpose, and self-awareness.
Whilst in practice I am a CBT therapist, I believe that with therapy, there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and that every client requires an experience of therapy that is personal to their needs. Although I work mainly within the model of CBT, I will often draw on techniques from other established therapies in order to tailor the treatment to your individual needs.
I have achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and I am currently in my final year of study for a Master of Science degree in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. As such I will achieve full accreditation in July 2020.
Working with an experienced trainee can be advantageous as I have current and up-to-date knowledge and clinical understanding taught by experts in the field of CBT. I also offer reduced fees as a trainee whilst I am continuing to work towards full accreditation.
Trainee Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (Reg.)
Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society
I firstly offer a complimentary 15 min telephone discussion.
Following this, the initial face-to-face session is charged at a reduced rate of £20. In this session we can discuss your difficulties in detail, I can determine if I am able to help, and ultimately you can decide if I am the right fit for you. All further sessions with be 50 minutes in length and charged at £30.