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I am an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and an accredited Interpersonal Psychotherapist with 15 years’ experience of working in a busy NHS service. In my current NHS role, I offer clinical assessments and psychological interventions to people with a range of mental health problems, such as depression and different types of anxiety: panic disorders, health anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, specific phobias, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I am also a clinical supervisor to qualified CBT therapists as well as therapists in training.
I am passionate about helping people find better ways of managing their problems. I believe that everyone strives to resolve their problems in the best way they can. However, sometimes the ways we deal with our difficulties and the copying strategies we use, are not yielding the results we hope for. We then may decide we need the help of a professional who can guide us through the process of change so that we can live happier and more fulfilled lives. As important as helping people find new ways of tackling their difficulties, an integral part of my work with clients is to help them identify or reconnect with their inner strengths and resources, which I believe is crucial in empowering people to embark on a sometimes quite challenging journey towards a positive change.
Bachelors degree in Psychology (BSc Hons)
Masters in Counselling Psychology (MSc)
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Practitioner Training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) for depression
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for people with cancer
The way I work
I offer warm, non-judgemental and empathetic therapeutic space within which you will be able to explore your problems and develop strategies to tackle your difficulties. My compassionate approach encompasses the appreciation of each person’s uniqueness and creates safe and encouraging environment which empowers them to engage in the process of change.
Within a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach, which is one of the treatment choices for depression and anxiety recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), I work with clients in a collaborative way towards their identified goals. This type of psychotherapy focuses on helping you gain an understanding of your difficulties and why they persist. We will work actively together to develop strategies to better manage your difficulties. We will review your experience of therapy and the progress made on a regular basis.
Within the Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) approach, which is a psychological treatment that is also recommended by NICE as one of the effective treatments for depression, we will work on resolving your depression and improving the quality of your relationships with others. It may be that the depression was triggered by a relationship breakdown or other significant changes in the person’s life, such as a loss of a job, a loss or a deterioration in physical health or any other significant transition in the person’s life. It may be that the depression developed following a bereavement or is the result of on-going conflict in a major relationship or the person’s difficulties in making or maintaining satisfying relationships. When depression sets in, we become less able to navigate through our relationships, which further impacts on our depressive symptoms. In therapy we will focus on helping you resolve your depression and develop strategies to better manage your relationships so you can enjoy more satisfying relationships with others, which will in turn have a positive impact on your mental health.