BA(Hons) Psychology, PGCE, MSc in Psychological Therapy (CBT)
I am a qualified psychological therapist accredited with the British Psychological Society and a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.
The main approach I use is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is evidence-based and is recommended by the NHS, NICE Guidelines and SIGN in Scotland. My approach is also informed by models such as Schema Therapy, Solution-focused therapy and Self Compassion.
I have experience of working with a wide array of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem problems, issues with assertiveness, stress-management, insomnia, adapting to life changes, agoraphobia, obsessive compulsive disorder and phobias. I have a particular interest in anxiety and anxiety-related disorders.
My approach involves short to medium term work with clients. Most clients find that a block of 5 – 20 sessions is enough to achieve therapeutic goals and make manageable changes to their lives. In terms of achieving personal goals, we work together in a collaborative and structured way, identifying and exploring unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaviour and working on ways to alter these.
Though I have been studying and working in the field of psychology for over twenty years, prior to becoming a psychological therapist I worked both in nursing and in teaching. I believe that all of my working experience helps me in working together with clients to understand their difficulties and find ways to overcome them.
CBT’s appeal for me is that it has been developed on the basis of research evidence and has been shown to be effective for a range of problems. It is a therapy which acknowledges the past and its influence on us, but focuses largely on overcoming problems in the present and on developing positive and effective strategies to ensure personal well-being and happiness in the future.