My Approach

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The ideas underlying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy have been around for a long time. They focus on how we can get stuck in old beliefs and patterns of thinking that we learned in the past, often as children, which are not working well for us in the present. With help, we can stand back a bit and examine those ideas in the light of present-day evidence. We can keep the ones that work and modify the ones that don't by small-scale controlled experiments in thinking and acting differently, examining the results and devising further experiments. In this way we can use our emotions rather than being overwhelmed by them or paralysed by the fear of being overwhelmed by them.

My role is to listen carefully to your story and to give you the opportunity to explore its themes using a baseline CBT approach and bringing in other perspectives where these might be useful. We can then apply a more all-round view to your current thoughts and behaviour and, with practice, you can learn to do this for yourself.

People are disturbed not so much by things but by the view they take of them

Qualifications

» I have 16 years' experience as a counsellor/psythotherapist working in a NHS provider service, for an employee assistance provider and in private practice.

» I am a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

» I hold an Advanced Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Counselling from the Centre for Stress Management, London. I also have Diplomas in Psychodynamic Counselling, Neurolinguistic Programming and qualifications in Emotional Freedom Technique.

» My preferred way of working is with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy tailored to the needs of the individual, backed up with other methods if desired and appropriate.