Cognitive Behavioural Therapy For Adults
I provide face to face Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for adults experiencing a range of psychological difficulties including depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders of which the most commonly seen in my practice are Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, Body Dysmorphia and Panic Disorder.
I have extensive experience working with patients post trauma, particularly following road traffic accidents and for those struggling with mood regulation. I also treat patients who experience a disordered relationship with food, and those struggling with low self–esteem, perfectionism and loss. I have a particular interest in working with women suffering domestic abuse.
Not every patient has a clinically diagnosable mental health problem. Life is astonishing but it can also be unpredictable, cruel and unfair. Many of the patients I see struggle because of environmental, social, cultural and economic pressures. I believe that an effective and meaningful therapy formulation contextualises the difficulties a patient may be experiencing and explores the intersection between these factors, how they contribute to the problem and how they can best be managed.
Life Is Astonishing and Unpredictable
With 20 years experience of delivering CBT in as a BABCP accredited independent practitioner, I continue to refine and adapt my practice to suit the needs of my patients. Feedback from them is regularly elicited and helps to shape not only individual treatment but underpins an ethos that embraces and values meaningful collaboration. Best practice CBT requires a commitment to active collaboration with patients, familiarity with evidenced phased treatment protocols and expertise in knowing which tailored strategies are likely to be the most effective. It also requires flexibility, curiosity and a sense of humour because let's face it, life is a conundrum and some of the things we humans do to cope with this fact are, and I use this word affectionately, absurd.
I am a recognised health care provider with most of the major health insurance companies including BUPA, AXA PPP, AVIVA, CIGNA, STANDARD LIFE and SIMPLY HEALTH.
I also accept self –referrals. The fee for self-referred patients is £80 for an hourly session. The wait time for an appointment is usually within seven working days. At busy periods availability may vary.
Digital Therapy Not For Me
I do not offer digital therapy. I have experimented with the technology by patient request but have found that issues with personal and technical connectivity have degraded the experience. I prefer two warm bodies in a room which I expect makes me firmly old school. I have written a blog about my experiences of digitally provided therapy which you can read here if you’re interested. Digital CBT Not