About Our Process
Hello and welcome to my website…
I’m based in North Lancing, just off the A27. First off, well done for taking the first steps to getting some help – that’s often the most difficult thing, don’t you find? With this in mind, I’d like to extend a warm and understanding, welcome. Getting off to a good start is important in any relationship – and I really want to achieve this!
Here’s a bit about my qualifications, because it’s really important when receiving therapy, that you’re in expertly trained and highly qualified, hands. That’s the least that you deserve and should demand! Also it’s really important to hear from my clients, so why not take a minute to read some of my client testimonials (in the next section), if you want to get a better idea of how I work. You don’t need to take it from me. My clients words paint a clearer picture – one that I value and that I’m very proud of. After all, what am I, without satisfied, clients?
I qualified 13 years ago as a Psychotherapist after having completed a 5-year UKCP accredited training, in 2005. I graduated with a Masters degree and Post Graduate Diploma in integrative counselling and psychotherapy. This means that I can work with clients according to their personal requirements, rather than using a ‘once size, fits all’ approach. In other words, I can offer you counselling and psychotherapy or pure CBT – we can both decide which will best help you with your problems.
I have the ‘gold-standard’ training (full time) and qualification (Masters level) from University of Sussex, in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Importantly the course is accredited by the UK’s leading CBT body, the BABCP. Be aware that many CBT training programmes are not accredited by the BABCP – this means that the rigorous standards set by the BABCP, are not met. My qualification in CBT means that I can apply and work for the NHS (the vast majority of CBT courses, do not provide entry into the NHS) treating those with the most complex disorders – Schizophrenia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Depression, Panic, OCD and Anxiety. NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines, based upon trials and evidence, advocate (a BABCP accredited training/qualification) CBT for the most chronic of mental health problems.
Anxiety and Depression specialist…
Like most Cognitive Behavioural Therapists specializing in treatment for anxiety, depression and worry, I believe that negative thinking patterns actually cause you to feel anxious or depressed. Anxiety (as opposed to productive stress) is triggered by thoughts of threat or danger and looking at your life in a pessimistic, self-critical way.
Likewise, depression primarily results from thinking about loss or other incidents which damage your self-esteem. A negative loop of emotionally damaging effects is created. You can, however, learn to identify thoughts, moods and behaviours at an early stage and intervene to break the destructive cycle.
In addition to increasing your awareness and examining the accuracy of your thinking patterns, I work in a therapeutic partnership with you to confront your fears and to encourage change. When patients take the difficult step of dealing with troublesome issues – rather than avoiding them – they usually discover that their worst fears aren’t nearly as terrible as they imagined.
Research has shown that creating new patterns of thinking and action can actually change the organization of the mind. Positive Emission Tomography (PET) and MRI findings indicate that cognitive and behavioural modifications occurring in a psychotherapeutic setting actually modify the dysfunctional neural circuitry associated with mood disorders. With Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, you are functionally “rewiring” your brain!
Therapy, like life, is a journey. Often we need to slow things down enough to make sure we are going in the right direction.
I look forward to meeting you…