What I offer help with...............
CBT helps a very wide range of difficulties. I work with clients on a 1-1 basis
(Panic Attacks, agoraphobia, shyness, social anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD - Worry), Health Anxiety (hypochondriasis)
(e.g. low mood, low esteem)
(e.g. storms, spiders, blood, needles, flying, heights, driving, vomiting/choking (emetophobia), dogs, cats, mice, rats etc.
Obsessional Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
(checking, cleaning, hoarding, unwanted thoughts, rituals)
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
(e.g. hair pulling - trichotillomania, skin picking)
(Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Trauma from past (e.g. abuse, accidents)
(benzodiazepines, sleeping tablets - e.g temazepam, diazepam etc). NB working with your prescriber
(e.g. perfectionism, self doubt)
Anger / Temper
This may be your first meeting with a psychotherapist, or you may have received help via a different model of therapy. Sessions are aimed at being as relaxed as possible. Many clients feel understandably anxious about their first meeting. This website is aimed at answering questions you may have and helping you not to feel anxious. Don’t forget, the aim is to offer you help so you can move forward.
The assessment session is two-way, helping me to find out more about you and your difficulty so I can decide whether I believe I can help. (It is usual for me to offer a course of therapy, but I cannot make this decision until we have met. An assessment therefore, is not necessarily an offer of therapy.)
This meeting is also for you to find out more about cognitive therapy, and how I work so you can also make a decision whether or not to proceed into a course of therapy. You will not be expected to make this decision in the assessment session (if an offer of therapy is made) unless you are sure when we meet. I am happy to give a reasonable length of time for you to make this decision so you can think and discuss with others – usually up to 1 week.
If we begin working together, I offer an initial course of 6 sessions, (usually weekly/fortnightly and sessions last up to 1 hour). The 6th session is a review where we evaluate progress together. This does not necessarily mean we end meetings. If we decide to continue meeting after session 6, we organise another course of therapy sessions and review. Reviews help evaluate progress and maintain focus.
I look forward to meeting you and hope I can be of help. Please do contact me if you have any further questions.