About Our Process
Hello and welcome to my website…
I have noticed that when we’re experiencing relationship issues, are depressed, anxious, suffering from low self esteem or addictive behaviours, being able to move through the world in a meaningful, authentic way, can feel almost impossible.
Are you feeling ashamed of yourself, experience self-loathing, a deep self disapproval, depression, anxiety, panic, phobia, OCD or have relationship difficulties, don’t worry, I will offer you a safe, containing environment to allow you to express yourself without judgment. Through empathy, understanding, patience and genuine compassion for your struggle, we will work together as you move toward a more meaningful and purposeful life.
By allowing you the room to think and digest what it means to be you, we’ll work together as you move towards wholeness and acceptance.
I qualified as a Psychotherapist after having completed a 4-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. This means that I can work for the NHS as a psychotherapist treating those with the most complex disorders – Schizophrenia, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Depression, Panic, OCD and Anxiety.
Anxiety and Depression specialist…
Like most Cognitive Behavioural Therapists specializing in treatment for anxiety and depression, 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…