- Fee assured
- Verified account
- Behavioural Activation (BA)
- CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
- Mindfulness based CBT
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
- Trauma focused CBT
- Video and telephone consultations
Hello, and thank you for coming to read my profile here. I am a fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, my ten year journey (so far!) of working in this field has led me to work for the NHS, various insurers, employee assistance programmes and also delivering therapy to groups as well as individuals from 18 through to 91.
I have a particular interest in working with Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), having run a CBT group programme in the NHS for five years. I am experienced at the use of exposure response prevention (ERP) for the treatment of OCD.
As well as CBT for anxiety, depression and trauma related difficulties, I am also trained in other approaches, Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused therapy (CFT). This means I can tailor my approach to fit the person I’m working with which fits in with my values of working with the individual, rather than referring to a ‘disorder’, to guide our work together.
My approach with people who arrive to speak with me is that life can be painful for all of us and this can take different forms, whether it is the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, role or relationship, ill health or chronic pain and injury, loneliness, life disappointments, frustration, stress and more. It is not our fault that we experience negative thoughts and emotions. This is part of being human. However, when we repeatedly start to feel bad, and before we know it, we can be pulled into a spiral and it can feel that no amount of struggle can get us out. And have you ever found that the more you struggle, the deeper you end up in that pool of unhelpful thoughts, emotions and sometimes actions. Maybe it can feel like we’re working so hard to get out of the spiral that the harder we work at it, the worse it can become. This can be a very draining and frustrating process.
If this seems a familiar cycle, perhaps therapy might help you to find another way out of this seemingly never ending struggle.
I am experienced in making therapy work over secure video. I like to adapt my approach to suit people’s learning styles, and have a curiosity in how these vary. My background in social work with asylum seekers and refugees has highlighted the importance – and joy - of working across differences. I like to encourage feedback from the person I am working with and am always willing to adapt.
Areas of interest
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Depression; Anxiety; Social Anxiety; chronic pain; Panic disorder; Chronic worry; low self-esteem; Post traumatic stress disorder; insomnia; work related stress
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Musculoskeletal conditions
- Pain management
- Physical disability