Accredited CBT Psychotherapist
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (UWE)
Post Graduate Diploma in Addiction Studies (Leeds University)
Registered Psychiatric Nurse
Member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (Accredited CBT Psychotherapist)
Nursing and Midwifery Council – Registered Psychiatric Nurse
I hold professional insurance and abide by the codes of ethical and professional practice of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Code of ethics & professional practice
As an accredited member of the BABCP, I adhere to the Standards of conduct, performance and ethics set out by the BABCP:
BABCP – Standards of Conduct
As a registered psychiatric nurse, I adhere to The Nursing & Midwifery Council Standards of conduct, performance and ethics:
Nursing and Midwifery Council – Code in full
I have a professional psychiatric nursing background specialising in drug and alcohol dependency, and have worked within the NHS for nearly twenty years.
Throughout my career I have been privileged to work with people who have presented with a wide spectrum of problems – both physical and psychological. I initially became interested in working with people with complex psychological problems and trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) within specialist substance misuse services. DBT is a branch of therapy aimed towards helping people who have severe difficulties regulating their emotions and consequent behaviours. With a growing awareness of the strong evidence base for the effectiveness of cognitive and behavioural approaches, I decided to train professionally in CBT and have subsequently been working as an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. I have worked extensively within the NHS primary care setting for IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services in Bristol and South Gloucestershire, and currently work within NHS secondary mental health services in Gloucestershire.
Much of my current NHS work involves helping individuals who have experienced some kind of trauma in their lives. I have a particular interest in compassion focussed therapy (CFT), as a branch of CBT that is developing through our growing understanding of how the brain works in relation to emotions. I am particularly experienced in practicing CBT with individuals and groups who suffer from depression, anxiety disorders (including obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and specific phobias.
I believe strongly in the CBT grounding principal that therapy is a collaborative engagement – and as such relies upon an active role for both therapist and client. Effective therapy stems from developing individualised treatment based upon a psychological formulation of a person’s difficulties and life experiences – that makes sense to both therapist and individual. As the evidence base for effective practice is developing all the time, I remain dedicated to keeping up to date with published research and recommendations which support and inform good practice.
I believe it is important that you receive the right therapy for you – if indeed you need to have therapy. My first goal will be an assessment, from which a shared understanding of the problem(s) can inform the next step. It may be that CBT is not the right approach or that this is not the right time etc. However, where we decide to go ahead with therapy we will make clear goals together and will know how we are to measure progress from the outset. I can liaise with GPs and, as a Registered Mental Nurse (RMN), can make recommendations around the use of medication – which can be a crucial element in the journey to becoming well. The process of referral starts with initial contact and then a phone call. Sometimes GPs can make direct referrals and I am happy to speak to family or friends on behalf of people who, for whatever reason, find it too difficult to speak on the phone.
Please contact me by email (see contact page) if you would like advice about receiving help and I will do my best to reply as quickly as possible.
I offer clinical supervision to trainees. Please contact me directly for details.