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- Behaviour Therapy
- Behavioural Activation (BA)
- CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness based CBT
- Motivational Interviewing
- Trauma focused CBT
In today's modern world with life's many competing pressures and unwanted changes, it’s not unusual to feel worn down, overwhelmed, stressed and worried. You may feel like you are just existing, caught up in self-defeating behaviours or avoidance, struggling to get out of your head and on with your life... I believe I can help.
As an Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Registered Mental Health Nurse I have many years of experience, working with people experiencing anxiety, depression and associated problems, within the local NHS Primary Care Mental Health Service. With a thorough grounding in the evidence based treatment protocols of traditional CBT, I have increasingly found the benefits of working within an ACT model (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), which draws on mindfulness skills to help manage the difficult thoughts and feelings which may get in the way of us living the life we want. My approach is also informed by Compassion Focused Therapy, which like ACT draws on current brain science to help us understand our 'tricky minds' and is particularly helpful for those struggling with shame and self-criticism. My nursing background enables me to offer a holistic approach to your difficulties, taking into account physical health conditions and the role of medications prescribed for mood management.
What to expect when you come to Therapy
Research shows that the success of any therapy experience is very much related to the quality of the therapeutic relationship and I believe I bring a non-judgemental, warm and kindly approach to sessions, infused with a little humour!.
I believe that asking for help takes a lot of courage and can be a daunting prospect, so let me tell you a little more of what to expect should you decide to get in touch. Firstly we can arrange a free initial consultation on the phone, at a mutually agreed time, (or via email). This will give me a broad understanding of what you want to work on and whether I can help. It will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions and get a sense of whether you feel we can work together before committing to your first appointment.
CBT is very much a collaborative approach, so the first stage of therapy is to develop a shared understanding of your problem. The first couple of sessions will usually involve developing an overview of what is problematic in terms of thoughts, feelings and behaviour, identifying vicious cycles, as well as a consideration of the roots of the problem, how the past informs the present. We can then map out a tailor made Treatment Plan, based on your hopes for therapy and what is realistic within the agreed time frame. CBT is a proactive therapy so further sessions will involve you learning skills and strategies alongside values based goal setting and problem solving. You will be supported in actively practising these skills between sessions ready for further reflection and fine tuning when you return. CBT is all about coaching people to become their own therapist, so towards the end of therapy we will develop a plan for handling setbacks and promoting emotional resilience.
Areas of interest
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy -ACT
Depression; OCD, Panic disorder; Phobias; Health anxiety; social anxiety; excessive worry; post traumatic stress disorder PTSD
an ACT approach can be particularly helpful with these difficulties:
Emotional regulation and Stress Management;
Managing long term conditions eg chronic fatigue;
Building self acceptance to boost self esteem;
Adjustment to life change: divorce, retirement, change of role;
Mood difficulties following bereavement;
Shyness or social difficulties relating to Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Pain management
- Psychophysiological disorders
- Physical disability
Current NHS consultant posts held
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
Worcestershire Healthy Minds
Pershore and Evesham
Over the last few years I have taken a keen interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, which comes under the umbrella of the Cognitive Behavioural family of therapies. I develop my practice in this field through attending regular training events/private study, accessing Supervision and remaining engaged with the world wide ACT community through Social Media and other interface.
Outcomes (checked and approved by medical professional body)
Please click on this link if you would like to see information about this healthcare professional’s performance compared to their peers, as published by their medical professional body.http://www.cbtregisteruk.com/Default.aspx
Having suffered with OCD for 20 years I sought Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Bridget came into my life as a blessing! She handled my situation with great care and empathy and used her extensive skills to teach me and guide me into dealing with my OCD and learning how to free myself from some of the debilitating symptoms that it causes. Bridget is professional and thorough and puts everything into helping you to heal yourself. She is compassionate yet tough when she knows that you need to be tough! She has given me tools & skills that enabled me to get my life back. She is incredible! If you need her, go and see her, you will be so thankful you did!
I want to thank you for the time that you have given to me over the last months.
This is the first time that I have needed professional help. When I first came to you I could not envisage a positive outcome or a time when I would be able to return to my old self. However, thanks to your wise counsel, vision, support and teaching I now have many new skills developed during our CBT sessions that I use daily. I truly believe that I will not be returning to my old self but in fact a new, better and more fulfilled self.
Bridget, my family and I are eternally grateful to you for our time together.
- Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy University of Birmingham 2010
- Diploma of Higher Education (Nursing) Registered Mental Health Nurse University of Worcester 2003
- Bachelor or Arts (honours) Open University 1998
Details of entry to specialist register
- Fully Accredited Member of British Association of Cognitive & Behavioural Psychotherapists, 2011
- Registered Mental Health Nurse, Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2003
Affiliations / memberships
Association for Contextual Behavioural Science
(Body underpinning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)