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- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, and am fully accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). This is the leading organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in the UK.
I also have a long background in mental health nursing and continue to hold a qualification as a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN). I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, which is the nursing and midwifery regulator for England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Both the BABCP and NMC have their own Code of Ethics which I adhere too.
I have worked for the NHS, in a variety of mental health settings, with a broad range of mental health problems, for more than twenty years. I have always been fascinated by people and the factors that influence mental health, and remain passionate by this field of work. I feel privileged to have had a career that I love, and to have met and worked with each and every single person that has shared their journey with me, to have heard each and every life story that has been shared, and learnt so much along the way.
Post Graduate Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Application of CBT in Long Term Conditions and Medically Unexplained Symptoms
Mental Health Nursing Diploma
ENB Teaching and Assessing in clinical practice (998)
The Degree of Bachelor of Science in Community Mental Health
Areas of interest
Some of the difficulties experienced by people that I have worked with have included:
• Low mood linked to long term health conditions
• Low mood linked to low self esteem
• Generalised anxiety and worry (GAD)
• Specific phobias
• Symptoms of post-traumatic stress
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Social anxiety
• Health anxiety
This is not an exhaustive list. People often do not have a name for the problem that they are experiencing, and this is perfectly normal. In these situations, we can sit down and explore the symptoms that you are experiencing, the things that seem to make this worse or better, how this makes you feel and behave, and any patterns that enable the problem to continue. This will allow us to break down unhelpful cycles and adopt helpful strategies for positive change.