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What is it you do ?

I  work collaboratively with people who come to see me. I use my training, theoretical knowledge and clinical experience to engage you in the process of  discovery  and recovery. Each appointment lasts 50 minutes. The number of sessions you might attend can range  from between 6 to 12 to 20 in total. In some cases I may work with someone for a number of years if we both feel it will be useful.  I can work with you in person or on zoom.


Do you prescribe medication?

Only psychiatrists and GPs can prescribe medication for psychological difficulties. As a psychologist I work alongside the medical practitioner and I will liaise with them if needed.


What models or theories do you use ?

I integrate psychodynamic, systemic and cognitive behavioural theory into my practice. i am a great believer in the power of the therapeutic relationship.


What does that jargon mean ?

It means I draw on  a range of psychological theories to help reach the most effective and relevant outcomes. For example, I try to help someone who comes to see me to think about their inner world and their unconscious. The unconscious  can un-wittingly make us all to behave in particular ways  which initially seem incomprehensible. But with thought and reflection, we can become more aware of what drives us and what pot-holes to look out for in the future. At the same time I also consider reactions and counter-reactions between people. In other words I will guide a person to reflect on their relationship within therapy, their family, educational, social or cultural contexts.  Stopping to think about this, or changing our reactions to these circumstances can have a great impact on how we grow and evolve, particularly when we are stuck.  I work practically (behaviourally) helping people to find solutions or strategies to help manage life.  


Please do ask me if you require any tailor made teaching, training or consultancy for you or your organisation. I specialise in teaching on well being, mental health and communication but I am flexible. This is a growing area of my private practice.


Do you do cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and what is it ?

I mention this separately as it is so popular and widely discussed in the media. I do use CBT and I have been a member of the British Association of Behavioural  and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP). Many 

insurance companies will only pay for CBT, as it is one of the few evaluated talking therapies. I use CBT in nearly all of my work. CBT is generally the treatment of choice according to NICE (National Institute of Health and Clinical  Excellence) largely due to the fact that it is problem-focused, short-term and evaluated. The underlying idea behind CBT is that our feelings and behaviour are a product of our thoughts (cognitions). CBT aims to help us identify these thoughts and underlying beliefs and ultimately to alter the unhelpful ones through intervening by talking, processing and changing behaviour patterns. I always use elements of  CBT in my work, but to a greater or lesser extent depending on the person and their situation. 

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