I have worked within the NHS since 2005, firstly as a Registered Mental Health nurse and currently as a BABCP accredited Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapist. I have been supporting both adults and adolescents by enabling them to make their life worth living. I have gained a very rich experience in working with people with a wide range of mental health problems such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Health Anxiety, Phobias and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I also have a lot of experience in working with people with Psychosis, Bipolar Disorder and different types of Personality Disorders. I have worked successfully with individuals to work through their low-self esteem and lack of assertiveness issues. I have a lot of experience in working with people from moderate to severe depression as well as problem anger.
I am passionate about treating people as individuals and helping them to make sense of what is going on for them. I also help individuals to develop the requisite knowledge and skills to make progress in their lives. I aim at helping the individuals to become their own therapist by equipping them with the right knowledge and skills to achieve this. Having worked with individuals and their families for almost 15 years, I have learned that living with mental health difficulties a well as other chronic health conditions can be scary and overwhelming. I therefore aim at promoting their recovery and functioning through confidence building and also in the efficacy of the therapy I provide.
The Models I Work With
I am primarily a cognitive behavioural Therapist (CBT). However, I also use a range of other psychological therapies depending on the individual’s idiosyncratic formulation. In addition to the CBT model, I also use Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Compassion Focus Therapy (CFT), Schema Therapy (ST), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) models. I am open to having a discussion with individuals about using these models in their ‘pure’ form or blending them with CBT to suit individual need.
Training and Qualifications
• Supercharging your CBT Practice-Integrating the best of DBT, ACT and CFT for maximum effect. Dr Fiona Kennedy. 3-4 April, 2019.
• An Introduction to Cognitive Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Reactions in Psychosis. Amy Hardy and Craig Steel. OCTC, 21 March 2019.
• Thinking Effectively About Mood Swings (TEAMS): A Novel CBT for Bipolar Disorder. Warren Mansell. OCTC. 7 March, 2019.
• Joined Up CBT for Survivors of Childhood Trauma. Oxford 18-session Programme for individuals, groups and pairs. Helen Kennerley. OCTC, 12 February 2019.
• Brain, Dissociation and Trauma. Helen Kennerley. OCTC, 14 October 2018.
• Inside Out: Harnessing Brain Power in CBT. Helen Kennerley. OCTC, 22 March 2018.
• Advancing Your Schema Work: Modes and More. Sara Rakovshik. OCTC, 8 February 2018.
• CBT Treatment of Worry for People Experiencing Persecutory Delusions: An Evidence-Based Cognitive Behavioural Intervention for Psychosis. Louise Isham. OCTC, 23 January 2018.
• Behind the Drama: Treatment of Histrionic, Narcissistic Personality Traits. Sara Rakovshik. OCTC. 30 October 2017.
• Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. 2017-2018.
• How to use Reliving effectively and Safely in Working with Trauma Memories: A Master Class. Martina Muller. OCTC. 14 September 2017.
• Compassion Focus Therapy. Dr Deborah Lee. 2016-2017
• Medically Unexplained Symptoms: A Scientist Practitioner Approach to CBT. Professor Trudie Chalder. 11 July 2016.
• BSc Nursing Studies (Mental Health): University of Worcester. 2001- 2004.
• Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety and Depression (IAPT) 2015-2016
• Member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP), Membership Number: 160143
• Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)