I am a BABCP accredited CBT therapist an NMC Registered Mental Health Nurse and a qualified Psychological Wellbeing Coach. I work privately, face-to-face and online, with adults of all ages who are experiencing anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, or any related difficulties, and offer therapeutic coaching for people who are lacking direction or feeling stuck.
I left the NHS in 2019; I had been employed in the IAPT/Steps to Wellbeing service since 2008. Prior to this I had worked in a number of roles within (and outside) mental health since qualifying as a mental health nurse in 1990.
CBT is recommended by NICE as the treatment of choice across a very wide range of presentations. My approach is pluralistic, which means I work collaboratively and draw from a number of evidenced treatment models, specifically the third wave descendants of CBT, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). Our work need not be rushed or rationed.
ACT is the model I align myself with most closely. In clinical settings this stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; in non-clinical settings it stands for Acceptance and Commitment Training, or ACC – Acceptance and Commitment Coaching. Essentially it is the same thing: respectful, compassionate, humanising, skills based, supportive and non-pathologising; this is because wherever the human mind goes the same problematic core processes will tend to show up. And it is always different too; it’s always about you and what gets in the way of you moving towards the life you want, and connecting with the people and things that matter most to you.
I get a huge amount of satisfaction from working with those who have previously struggled to benefit from psychological therapies or have complex needs that may not be met by other services, and I thoroughly enjoy coaching people who are just stuck at a crossroads in life and are unsure how to move forward.
I also work with military veterans through a fabulous local peer-led charity (https://www.theveteranshub.co.uk/). This really keeps me on my toes!
If you need help with any sort of anxiety or depression, have difficulties associated with adjusting to change or are facing health issues, you want to explore your values, or just need to share your concerns in a confidential and supportive space, please feel free to contact me to arrange a free initial half an hour appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am committed to continuing professional development and I keep up-to-date with current research and developments in the field of psychology and well-being.
2021 – Bite-size Pick and Mix Techniques for Accidental and Deliberate Anxious Thinking. Dr Blake Stobie.
2021 – Working Creatively with Timelines from a Psychodynamic and Trauma Perspective. Kate Williams.
2021 – Food and Mood for Mental Health. Bridin McKenna.
2021 – Personalising Psychotherapy: Assessing and accommodating patient preferences. Professor Mick Cooper.
2021 – The Tribes of Person Centred Therapy. Professor Mick Cooper.
2021 – Stress, Genes and Cancer: Applying epigenetics to the mind/body relationship. Dawn Waldron.
2021 – CBT for Chronic Loneliness: Theory and Practice. Professor Roz Shafran.
2020 – Existential Contributions to Counselling and Psychotherapy. Professor Mick Cooper.
2020 – Goals in Therapy: Actualising our deepest directions. Professor Mick Cooper.
2020 – Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Professor Mick Cooper.
2020 – A Pluralistic Approach to Therapy. Professor Mick Cooper.
2020 – Neuroscience for Effective Clinical Practice – How understanding how our brain works can make us better practitioners, including: The Nervous System; The Polyvagal Perspective; Relationships and Regulation; Integrating the Body. Maggie McAllister-MacGregor.
2020 – An Introduction to Digital Methods of Delivering CBT. Sarah Bateup.
2020 – Delivering CBT by Video: Hints, tips and things to consider. Sarah Bateup.
2020 – Cancer Treatments in Primary Care. Dr Yvonne Hodges.
2019 – Stepping into Nature Conference led by Jules Hammon.
2019 – IAPT Post Qualification Certificate in CBT in the Context of Long Term, Persistent and Distressing Health Conditions through King’s College, London, including: COPD with Dr Jane Hutton; Diabetes with Dr Abigail Wroe; CFS/ME and Medically Unexplained Symptoms with Professor Trudie Chalder; Cancers with Dr Stirling Moorey; Pain with Dr Whitney Scott; Coronary Heart Disease with Dr Kelly Buttigieg; Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Professor Rona Moss-Morris.
2019 – Exploring Attachment Narratives in Families. Professor Rudi Dallos.
2019 – Working with Disordered Eating: Anorexia. Professor Julia Buckroyd.
2019 – Psychotherapy through the Body. Nayna Kumari.
2019 – ASIST/Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. Jacob Beale.
2018 – Managing Chronic Pain Conference led by Dr Meherzin Das.
2017 – ACT in the Workplace: Train the trainer course. Dr Paul Flaxman and Ross McIntosh.
2017 – Building Resilience with Compassionate Mind Training. Dr Chris Irons.
2017 – Compassion Focused Therapy for Complex Presentations: Interventions for those at the edge of therapeutic opportunity. Kate Lucre.
2016 – Behavioural Activation in Post Natal Depression. Dr Pete Lawrence.
2016 – Therapist’s Use of Self in ACT. Dr Helen Bolderston.
2016 – ACT Clinical Skills Building Workshop. Professor Steven Hayes.
2015 – Working with People with Personality Disorder. Theresa Cochrane.
2015 – How to Manage Pain and Accelerate Healing. Dr Grahame Brown.
2015 – The Recovery Approach. Gary Hawker.
2015 – ACT Bootcamp. Dr Russ Harris.
2015 – Assessment and Management of Risk. Gary Hawker.
2015 – Recent Advances in Chronic Pain Management Conference led by Dr Meherzin Das.
2015 – Seeing with the Mind’s Eye: Using imagery in CBT. Professor Lusia Stopa.
I meet with similarly qualified and experienced therapists and coaches for peer supervision and discuss my work with a senior accredited supervisor regularly.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also work with specific phobias (including blood, injury and needle phobia), social anxiety and agoraphobia.
I have a particular interest in combat related PTSD and use ACT, CFT and (the not so well known but NICE approved) Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) in my work with The Weymouth & Portland Veterans Hub.
From £120.00 to £225.00
Free initial telephone or online session
The free introductory phone call or Zoom meeting will take no longer than half an hour.
Fees will vary depending on circumstances, need, length of sessions, level of support required between meetings, and payment choices (reductions for block payments made in advance).
£80 – £150 per session.
Ordinarily I work from home in Bridport, and I am often in Walton on Thames. Just ask, I’ll be a flexible as I can 🙂
It’s always hard to know how much input will be needed, but a good rule of thumb is to commit to about 2-3 months work, then we can take stock and see how you’re getting on and see if you need any more. If you find that you don’t need that much that’s fine too. Also, we have to be realistic – no approach works for everyone, so if mine doesn’t seem right for you, or you’re not happy with the way it’s progressing, please just say so, and it may be possible to refer you on the colleagues who work differently.