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- Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
My special interest areas as a private practitioner are helping people who are living with long term pain conditions, applying Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and also Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma, and finding ways to help people feel less stuck by the struggles they may be going through. After gaining my First Class Honours degree in Human Psychology at De Montfort University in 2004 and following the completion of my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire in 2009, I went on to publish my thesis entitled The Psychological Effects of Considering a Move Into Residential Care: An Age Related Study, along with several other publications including, most recently in 2019, a publication in the British Journal of Pain looking at Cognitive Analytic Therapy as a short term approach to work with Chronic Pain. I have worked throughout Essex with Adults and Older Adults, making use of diagnostic measures and techniques for work in a Memory Clinic and in Adult Mental Health. I began further training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) on a post-graduate diploma course based at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, which I qualified from in 2014. I have worked since 2015 at a Community Pain Management Service based in Bury St. Edmunds, where I operate as the Lead for Chronic Pain across West Suffolk. Within this service I have set up the psychology pathway and service delivery, making use of CAT to help treat patients attending with chronic pain. Treatment using this pathway has produced some excellent outcomes, even in very brief therapy, the results of which are detailed in the recent publication in the British Journal of Pain. I have also formed close links with The University of East Anglia during this post and work to assist the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme as an Associate Tutor and Placement Supervisor for trainees. In addition to CAT, I have also undertaken further training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR - Stages 1-3), a treatment found particularly helpful when treating trauma, which I use, as needed, alongside CAT to good effect.
Areas of interest
Cognitive Analytic Therapy;
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing;
Adults age 18+;
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Eating disorders
- Musculoskeletal conditions
- Pain management
- Psychophysiological disorders
Baronian, R. and Leggett, S.J.E. (2019). Brief cognitive analytic therapy for adults with chronic pain: a preliminary evaluation of treatment outcome. In, British Journal of Pain, pp.1-11.
Courses offered to GPs
Introduction to CAT workshops provided withing West Suffolk and also linking with Norfolk and Suffolk Mental Health Partnership.
Affiliations / memberships
ACAT CAT Practitioner
British Psychological Society member
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, we will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.