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- Behavioural Activation (BA)
- CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
- Mindfulness based CBT
- Trauma focused CBT
I am a fully qualified and BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and registered counsellor with the BACP. I have over 15 years experience in the treatment of a wide range of complex psychological, behavioural and emotional problems and I have worked in primary, secondary and forensic settings.
I am originally from Venezuela, and so I’m able to conduct CBT in Spanish if preferred.
My primary interests are in the treatment of anxiety disorders (panic disorder, generalized anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, social anxiety, health anxiety), depression, addictions, low self-esteem, childhood abuse and relationship problems.
I work collaboratively and have a humanistic philosophy – I believe that while I may be an expert in my field, clients are experts in themselves so I listen empathically and place great emphasis on the therapeutic relationship.
My background is in Psychology (BSc Hon degree from 1998-2002) and later I completed a diploma in Integrative Counselling (2002-2004).
I have an MSc in Evolutionary Psychology which is useful for understanding the biological basis and the evolutionary reasons of why psychological problems develop.
I completed a post-graduate diploma in Cognitive Therapy for anxiety and depression as part of the NHS IAPT programme (improving access to psychological therapies) where I have worked between 2009-2016.
I have also completed a Doctorate course in Counselling Psychology which will lead to HCPC accreditation and registration as a BPS Chartered Psychologist once I have submitted and defended my research project.
I abide by the professional and ethical standards laid down by the BABCP and BACP and have full DBS (formerly CRB) clearance.
Areas of interest
Alcohol / drug dependency; Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); Phobias; Anxiety disorders; Depression; Individual therapy; Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); Bereavement; Childhood trauma; Emotional Dysregulation
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Eating disorders
- Pain management
- Psychophysiological disorders