I am an accredited and experienced Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist specialising in evidence based psychological therapy (CBT) for children and young people.
I have training and experience in delivering evidence-based parenting programmes such as the Incredible Years Programme (Webster-Stratton) so can offer parenting support and guidance.
Although I specialise in CBT for children and young people, I can also offer CBT sessions to adults.
What is CBT and how can it help?
I will work together with you to develop a shared understanding of your difficulties and to enable you to work towards individual goals to bring about positive changes. CBT can help build resilience via developing new ways of coping. Although CBT attempts to understand someone’s difficulties in the context of early experiences, it usually focusses on the ‘here and now’, making connections between thoughts, feelings and behaviours in order to understand how these might be associated with the current difficulties. I will support you to consider whether there are different ways of thinking which have a more positive impact on your feelings and to test out new ways of dealing with things to find out what works best for you. Sessions will also allow you the opportunity to more generally explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe environment to enable a better understanding of what is going on for you. CBT tends to be short term (somewhere between 6 and 20 sessions is fairly standard although this depends on a variety of factors) and is more structured than some forms of therapy; sessions have a clear focus guided by your individual therapy goals as well as ideas from the research about what works.
What I Can Help With
CBT is known to be particularly effective for a wide range of anxiety issues (including generalised anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and separation anxiety) as well as low mood/depression, low self-esteem and trauma (including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). More general emotional issues can be supported via CBT and we can work together to identify the main area of need. I can also support parents in managing their child’s behaviour or work with parents and children together.
TRAINING, QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
As well as having a private practice, I am also the Clinical Lead and supervisor in a Mental Health Support Team working with schools to support the mental health needs of children and adolescents. Previously, I worked within the NHS for over 14 years within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and then as a Clinical Tutor at Reading University training others in the use of CBT informed interventions.
Post-graduate Diploma in Evidence Based Psychological Therapies for Children and Young People - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (University of Reading).
Masters in Applied Social Studies, including Diploma in Social Work (Oxford University).
Post-graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Communication with Children (Tavistock Clinic, London).
Accredited with the BABCP
Professional registration as a Social Worker with the HCPC
From £95 per session (60 minutes)