What I'd like you to know..

As a CBT therapist I'm accredited with the BABCP and the BACP.

I'm working towards my accreditation with EMDR UK; it takes time.

 

For a number of years I've worked in a busy NHS mental health service, prior to this I worked in educational settings and third sector metal health services.

I chose CBT over other modes of therapy because it's quite directive, it has a structure and sets goals, so both the therapist and client can anticipate outcome and determine if progress is being made.

 

CBT has been developed over many years of empirical testing and research to effectively manage the thoughts and behaviours and distress associated with a wide range of debilitating mental health disorders, and this scientific approach also appeals to me, partly because it has proved to be effective enough to be the go to treatment recommended by NICE for OCD, phobias, anxiety, depression, PTSD, agoraphobia & health anxiety, etc.

 

CBT isn't magic, and it doesn't deep dive into the darkness of our psych, it asks us to try to have a more objective view of the thoughts we have and how we respond to them emotionally and actually. It teaches us to step back from what is happening now and ask ourselves if there is a better way to respond.

 

Fundamentally CBT hopes to teach us to think and respond in a more empowered and values based way.

 

Sometimes mental health difficulty has been caused by adverse life events; when this seems to be the case I use EMDR, a powerful therapy designed to help your recovery from traumatic events in your life.

 

I heard about EMDR from a clinical supervisor I used to see; he raved about it and so when the opportunity came for me to train I jumped at it. I'm so glad I did. Compared to CBT it's a new approach but because of its effectiveness it's gaining its good reputation fast.