Our physical and emotional wellbeing go hand in hand. You may have begun to feel that your anxieties and worries are dictating the way you live your life. Perhaps you no longer enjoy the things that you used to and get no sense of achievement in what you do. You want to make changes but you are not sure how to begin.
I graduated from Edinburgh University with a Masters Degree in Psychology in 1985. I have studied at Post Graduate level with the Charlie Waller Institute (CWI) at Reading University and at the University of Hertfordshire where I was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I am a fully accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). I am married with four children.
As a fully qualified and accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist I provide a professional and confidential service for adults, children and adolescents. I have worked within the NHS (CAMHS) within a specialist eating disorder team and for the Priory Hospital Group. I currently work as a counsellor in preparatory and secondary schools offering support to students and staff. I have my own private practice and I am a part-time lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire.
Central to the workings of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is that our interpretation of an event or experience affects our responses to it. I will work collaboratively with you, exploring worries and anxieties that may have been difficult for you to manage for many years and in doing so we will give you knowledge and understanding – a tool kit that will allow you to live your life as you want to, to enable you at last to feel good about yourself and the world around you. I have an integrative approach to therapy and draw upon other modalities if it is appropriate.
CBT is one of the most effective forms of psychotherapy and is an excellent evidence based therapy for all anxiety disorders and depression. It can also help resolve relationship issues, handle stress better, help improve your self-esteem and self confidence .
One of the most important aspects of undertaking any therapy is the relationship that you build with your therapist as this will determine how well you respond to treatment and give you the best opportunity of achieving your goals for treatment.
Hourly sessions are one to one except when working with families and younger children. These are usually weekly at the start of treatment and the number of sessions required will vary depending upon personal need and response to treatment. Top up sessions may be required at certain intervals.
CBT is an effective treatment for a variety of psychological issues including:
- Depression and low mood
- Low self-esteem and confidence
- Anxiety disorders including OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), panic and agoraphobia
- Eating Disorders
- Trauma and PTSD
- Relationship problems
- Alcohol and Drug use
- Chronic Pain
I offer a free initial 20 minute consultation over the phone to discuss your needs and to establish whether I am a suitable therapist to work with you. My hourly fee will be agreed at our initial appointment. I consult in Bishop’s Stortford and Hertford and I am able to make home visits. I am recognised by most private health insurers.
Water Lane Cottage
12 Water Lane
Phone: 07415 156261