My Experience

I have worked as a CBT therapist for nearly 20 years, with extensive experience of working in the NHS and Private sector. I have worked in;

  • Primary Care NHS (in GP surgeries),

  • Secondary Care NHS (as part of a Community Mental Health Team specialising in the provision of CBT)

  • Teritiary Care NHS (specialist Psychotherapy services as a CBT Therapist)

  • Private Healthcare since 2011 (providing telephone CBT for a service helping people back to work, and seeing private clients face to face)

I initially qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) in 1999.  I  gained a degree in CBT in 2001, passing with First Class Honours. My dissertation was a case study on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I gained a Master's degree (Merit) in 2006, my  research was on the therapeutic relationship within  CBT self help.

I have experience in treating clients with Depression and all Anxiety Disorders. This includes OCD, PTSD (traumatic anxiety), GAD (excessive worry), Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, and Simple and Complex Phobias.

In addition to treating clients, my experience also includes;

  • Mentoring and Supervising CBT students and therapists. 

  • Providing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) to therapists and other Health Professionals

  • Devising and implementing CBT materials for clients and services. I developed and ran a Behavioural Activation (BA)for Depression Group treatment, based on permissions received from replicating NICE approved treatment. I made this freely available to other NHS IAPT services. This was subsequently picked up and ran by some.

  • I have special interests in BA, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness based approaches to CBT, and Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT).

  • I also work occasionally as a guest lecturer on BA and ACT at Nottingham University, for CBT students working toward Degree and Master's Degree in CBT

I take my duty of care seriously, and comply with ethical and professional Codes of Practice for my governing bodies;

  • The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the body that oversees registered nurses. You can access the NMC Code of conduct here 

  • British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP), which is the national body overseeing CBT therapists in the UK. I have been a member of the BABCP since 1996, and fully Accredited member since 2004. you can access the BABCP code of conduct here

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