Psychotherapy

I am a qualified and experienced psychotherapist with full accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). I offer sessions to individuals online by webcam, phone, text or email. More information about online therapy can be found here.

Psychotherapy provides a safe and confidential space to explore and understand the places where you feel stuck, disconnected, in pain or overwhelmed.

In the light of this understanding, I can support you to find new ways of relating to these difficulties, to begin to let go of unhelpful struggles, and commit to living a courageous and valued life.

Mindfulness and compassion based CBT

I practice cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and have a particular interest in the research and application of mindfulness and compassion.

I have undertaken specialist training and supervision in a number of approaches to offer a mindfulness and compassion based CBT. These include compassion focused therapy (CFT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP). I integrate these approaches according to your needs. See here for more information about how I integrate CFT, ACT and other approaches into CBT.

We will work together as a team to help you move in a personally valued direction. It can be short term or longer term, depending on what you are seeking help for, but it will be goal oriented and time limited rather than open ended. It is a practical approach and you will be encouraged to apply what you learn about yourself in your daily life. You can find more information about what typically happens in this type of psychotherapy here

Problems we can work with

Mindfulness and compassion based CBT can be effective in helping reduce distress for a wide range of emotional difficulties. These include, but are not limited to, anxiety, low mood, anger, shame, fear, grief or trauma. 

It can be particularly effective with unhelpful behaviours that might be difficult to stop, even though it is clear they are increasing your distress, such as compulsions, addictions (to substances or behaviours), perfectionism and procrastination, or problems with eating.

Additionally, psychotherapy can be used to help gain insight into and shift unhelpful patterns in personal relationships, to get unstuck in your work or career, or to overcome creative blocks. 

Furthermore, these issues often come in combination. We can look at any of these individually or together. 

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