|Speciality||Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)|
|Sub Speciality||Clinical Supervision of CBT|
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Behavioural Activation (BA) for Depression
|Special clinical interests||Depressive Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (including Pure O), Health Anxiety, Simple and Complex Phobias, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, work related stress|
|Current NHS and /or university posts||Associate Lecturer at Nottingham University. I lecture in ACT and BA to Diploma and Master's CBT students|
|Year of first medical qualification||1999 Diploma in Mental Health Nursing (RMN), University of Nottingham|
2002 BSc (hons) 1st Class Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, University of Derby. My research was a literature review and case study on OCD
2006 MSc CBT (merit), University of Derby. My research component was on the common and specific factors in CBT self-help approaches.
|Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies||
Registered as a Mental Health Nurse (NMC)
Fully Accredited CBT therapist (BABCP)
I have worked exclusively treating clients with common mental illness disorders (depression and anxiety) using CBT since qualifying in my core profession of Mental Health Nursing in 1999. I worked as an 'Exposure Therapy Nurse' in a specialist NHS outpatient unit in Derby under the supervision of several CBT therapists. Exposure is an evidence based intervention used across all anxiety disorders.
Following this I gained my BSc in CBT (2002), and an MSc in CBT in 2006. I gained further experience treating clients as part of a Community Mental Health Team, using CBT. Following further posts at NHS Psychotherapy units in Nottingham, I was a NHS CBT therapist in an Increasing Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) service also based in Nottingham. Following this I have been working for a private healthcare company specialising in helping clients return to occupational functioning, using telephone CBT.
I also enjoy clinically supervising therapists, and have done so since 2006. I have supervised therapists into accredited status with our governing body (BABCP), and continue to do so. I have also been lecturing in BA and ACT to CBT students since 2008. ACT is part of what is called the 'Third Wave' of CBT treatments. In effect, these approaches help the client move towards valued activity by cultivating a different relationship to thoughts and feelings that get in the way of this. Mindfulness is used as part of these interventions, and is something I have found very helpful, personally and professionally!
The first time I became interested in CBT, I liked that it was an approach that helped the client help themselves. I also liked that the approach is based on best evidence, and takes a scientific approach in helping overcome problems we can all face. I try my best to help clients to build an understanding of their problems, and test out how to best overcome them using the CBT approach.
Overcoming problems often take courage and commitment. Courage, because you will no doubt be finding everyday activity harder than you used to, and commitment to finding a way that works for you, in the face of this. I will help you find a way using the CBT approach. I can't promise you'll get better, though I've had personal experience of helping a lot of people do so.
My commitment to you is that I will be on your side. I will actively listen, seek to understand your problems and try my best to help you by developing a shared understanding of these. I will also work with you collaboratively, and help you identify what's important for you, and how you can move actively towards this. The pace of change will be in your hands.
Therapy can be done face to face or over the phone, or a combination of these. If you would like a free initial consultation lasting 15 minutes or so, before committing yourself, please contact me to arrange a mutually convenient time to do so.