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Steve Clifford

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Counselling, Psychotherapy

 

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Specialises in

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Counselling
  • Mindfulness based CBT
  • Psychotherapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Trauma focused CBT

About me

Steve Clifford is a psychotherapist who specialises in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy CBT. He has over thirty years' experience of helping people with emotional and mental health related problems.

Since graduating as a psychotherapist at the university of Surrey in 2000 he has built up a successful private practice helping people of all ages to overcome their difficulties using CBT.

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on modifying thought patterns in order to change moods and behaviours. It is based on the concept that negative actions and feelings, such as those experienced in depression or anxiety, are the result of unhelpful and distorted beliefs or thoughts, not unconscious forces from the past. CBT helps us to understand what is happening and what we can do to change the way we feel and react.

Modern CBT is a fusion of cognitive therapy and behavioural therapy. Whilst cognitive therapy focuses on a person's thoughts and beliefs, behavioural therapy specifically focuses on actions and behaviours. The combination of both has been proven to be extremely effective for a wide range of problems.

There are numerous evidence based studies supporting the effectiveness of CBT. It is also endorsed by NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) as the treatment of choice for many conditions.

CBT is a relatively short-term, focused psychotherapy, which looks at how current events and situations in the person's life may be causing or contributing to their present difficulties or illness rather than looking backwards at early childhood experiences. The length of therapy tends to depend on the complexity of the presenting problem. A block of sessions (usually six) will often be enough for a noticeable difference to emerge. Improvements to "quality of life" is often the best measure of success.


Areas of speciality include (but not limited to):

Depression
Anxiety Disorders
Panic Disorder
Stress
Trauma/PTSD
Peri-natal mental health
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Bipolar Disorder
Bereavement and loss
Coping with illness, fatigue and pain
ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Relationship Difficulties
Confidence and low self-esteem
Insomnia
Alcohol/drug dependency
Anger problems

The goal of effective CBT is to help people find ways to address problems and difficulties by teaching them how to "become their own therapist".

He places a high priority on discretion and confidentiality for all his clients. He accepts self referrals or referrals from health professionals. His services are recognised by most major medical insurance companies but please check with your insurance company before booking an appointment.

As well as being an accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist he is also a senior accredited integrative psychotherapist. He is a specialist in PTSD, having worked alongside leading world authorities in the field of trauma, and has been involved in global conflicts such as Egypt, Libya, Afghanistan and Algeria.

Areas of interest

Depression; Anxiety; Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); Perinatal psychiatry; Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); Psychosis; Bereavement; Mental health; Alcohol / drug dependency; Major trauma; Psychiatric nursing outreach; Chronic pain and physical health conditions; ME/CFS, Mindfulness Meditation

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  • Video and telephone consultations
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  • AA387

    Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) session - (5-50)

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