Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (BABCP Accredited)
I discovered that I was interested in ‘people’ when I studied psychology whilst in college. Why we do what we do, how we understand ourselves and each other, and how our experiences shape us, was all quite fascinating for me. From this, I decided to take my undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Cardiff, where I had the opportunity to gain some work experience in the third year, and I found myself as a volunteer Psychology Assistant in the Psychology Department at Wandsworth Prison in London. I worked with a dedicated team of Forensic Psychologists and other professionals, and learnt how psychological theory could be applied to help others, even in the most difficult of settings.
After I graduated, and had spent some time doing other things, I got a placement in 2004 as a Graduate Mental Health worker for one year in the Personality Disorder Service in Leicester. So began my career in therapy services in the NHS, and I stayed within the Personality Disorder Service for the next five years.
The Personality Disorder Service in Leicester is a specialist groupwork service, dedicated to those with severe and long-standing complex emotional and behavioural problems. I worked in various parts of the Service, facilitating formal and informal psychotherapeutic groups as the main core of the work, and also providing some training and peer supervision with colleagues. Whilst part of this service, I began my formal training in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at the University of Derby.
On qualifying as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist in 2009, I moved into the primary care sector to offer individual and group CBT for problems that include depression, anxiety, trauma, low self-esteem, emotional regulation problems and shame, amongst others. As well as CBT, I am trained in Compassion Focused Therapy (for people who struggle to overcome a high sense of shame) and in Imagery Rescripting and Reprocessing Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Sessions I Offer
I currently offer regular fortnightly sessions at weekends. As mentioned in the section on services, the therapy is structured, interactive and collaborative, and time-limited.
I also offer clinical CBT supervision to other CBT Practitioners and CBT trainees. Please contact me on the number below to enquire about this further.
You are welcome to leave a voicemail or text if you cannot reach me by phone, and I will endeavour to get back to you within 48 hours.