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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
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 your motivation for life has changed. You may have noticed that you get little sense of achievement or enjoyment in what you do. You recognise that you need 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 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.
I have worked for the NHS (CAMHS) as a CBT therapist in a specialist eating disorder team and for the Priory Hospital Group. I was the School Counsellor at a large academy in the South East of England offering support to students and staff.
I am a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. I currently have my own private practice and consult both in central Edinburgh and Aberdeenshire, providing a professional and confidential service for adults, children and adolescents. I offer supervision to other CBT therapists.
What is CBT?
Central to the workings of CBT is that our interpretation of an event affects our responses to it. CBT is based on the concept that our thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are all interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap us in a vicious cycle.
I will work collaboratively with you, exploring worries and anxieties that may be new to you or may have been difficult for you to manage for many years. Together, we will explore these to understand how they developed and how they are being maintained and then look at new more helpful ways of managing things to allow you to live your life in a more rewarding way.
I take an integrative and holistic approach to therapy and draw upon other modalities including ACT (Acceptance and commitment therapy) and MBCT (Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy) if it is appropriate. Self care is an important part of therapy and I will help you consider your diet, daily exercise routine, sleep hygiene and the psychosocial aspects of your life.
CBT is an evidence based therapy supported by research and is the recommended psychological intervention for anxiety disorders and low mood by NICE (National institute for health and clinical excellence). CBT can also help resolve relationship issues, help you to manage stress, improve your self-esteem and self-confidence in both your personal and professional life. It is a therapy that will help you to manage things yourself so you do not become dependent on therapy. The number of sessions that you will need is dependent upon a number of factors and will be discussed when we meet.
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.
CBT is an effective treatment for a variety of psychological issues
How does it work
CBT sessions are weekly at the start of treatment and the number of sessions required will vary depending upon personal need and response to treatment. Sessions last for approximately 50 minutes.
CBT is an effective treatment for a variety of psychological issues including:
When & Where
I work remotely and, on a fortnightly basis, from my clinic in Edinburgh. This blended approach can suit people who live and work in different locations. The BABCP conducts studies regularly showing that the efficacy of remote therapy is excellent.
Standard appointments last for 50 minutes and are charged at a rate of £90.
Reports and letters can be provided and are charged at a pro rata session rate.
I am recognised by most private health insurers including BUPA, Nuffield, CIGNA, AXA PPP, Optima.
Each policy differs so please contact your provider before treatment starts for authorisation