- Fee assured
- Verified account
- Applied Relaxation
- Behaviour Therapy
- Behavioural Activation (BA)
- CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Trauma focused CBT
- Video and telephone consultations
My name is Fern, and I am a qualified and BABCP accredited Psychological Therapist with over 7 years experience delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) within the NHS. I have experience working in the private sector for the Priory Group and within research in The Mood Disorders Centre at the University of Exeter.
CBT is the recommended treatment of choice for a range of psychological difficulties, offering a structured and proactive approach. It offers us the chance to reflect and explore the usefulness of age-old habits and make a choice to change them in order to alleviate emotional distress or lessen its impact.
Sessions begin with exploring your main concerns, then considering any contributing or maintaining factors. We will work together to develop a personalised treatment plan based upon our shared understanding and your therapy goals. There is a strong focus on home practice, and clients that engage both within and outside of the therapy session, experience better outcomes.
There is emerging support for alternative models, so alongside evidence-based CBT practice, I am able to incorporate principles of Compassion focused Therapy and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy into my approach, where appropriate.
CBT is effective as a short-term therapy, enabling us to gain self-awareness and learn how to modify unhelpful thoughts and habits. With this in mind, the end goal is to become your own therapist with the ability to transfer your new skills across situations, therefore no longer requiring my support. Although it will vary for each person, the average number of sessions is between 8-16.
Where and When?
I am currently offering appointments via Video Consultation or Telephone, Monday-Friday evenings and Saturday morning.
Areas of interest
Depression; Anxiety; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; Low Self-esteem; Appearance Concerns; Body Dysmorphic Disorder; Long-COVID; Functional Neurological Disorder/Medically Unexplained Symptoms, including IBS; Weight Loss
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Psychophysiological disorders
Current NHS consultant posts held
CBT Therapist and Clinical Supervisor within Berkshire's IAPT service.
I am passionate about a holistic approach to wellbeing and particularly interested in the emerging research exploring lifestyle factors, nutrition and gut health and their relationship with cognitive function and emotion.
- Post-Graduate Certification in Low Intensity Psycyhological Practice The University of Exeter 2014
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Evidence-based Psychological Treatment The University of Reading 2018
- CBT for Long-Term Conditions and Medically Unexplained Symptoms The University of Southampton 2020
- PWP Supervisor Training The University of Reading 2019
- High Intensity Supervisor Training The University of Reading 2019
Details of entry to specialist register
- The CBT Register, 2019
Affiliations / memberships
Fully Accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)