I offer late afternoon and evening appointments for private clients. My office is in Wells. (See Directions page).
I have been working as a cognitive therapist since 1987 and have been accredited continuously since 1994.
I qualified as a registered general nurse (RGN) in 1980 having trained at the Lister Hospital, Stevenage. On qualifying, I worked as a general staff nurse in various acute settings in the NHS including Coronary Care, GU Medicine and A&E departments at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, and in London.
I qualified as a registered mental health nurse (RMN) at Fulbourn Hospital, Cambridge in 1986. I then worked in acute in and out patient settings eventually beginning working as a cognitive therapist in 1987. I have also worked in the private sector as an independent cognitive therapist since 1997 initially in Cambridge and now in Somerset. My degree is in Health Studies.
I have also held various senior nurse and cognitive therapist posts in the NHS, in a broad range of clinical settings.
I have undertaken various cognitive therapy courses including the excellent Oxford course based at the Warneford Hospital, Oxford (Oxford University) in 1994, and attended numerous workshops.
Every therapist requires clinical supervision from qualified peers to maintain high standards and safe, professional practice. I provide supervision to peers and receive regular supervision from an accredited cognitive behavioural therapist.
Every therapist needs updating and I attend seminars and workshops on a regular basis. I have received training and supervision from many well known and highly respected therapists including Prof A.T.Beck, Prof Paul Salkovskis, Prof David Clark, Dr David Veale, Dr Melanie Fennell, Dr Ann Hackman, Dr Gillian Butler, Prof Adrian Wells, Prof Christopher Fairburn, Dr Helen Kennerley, Dr James Bennett-Levy, Prof Roz Shafran, Dr Geoff Young, Prof Jan Scott.
I have been an accredited cognitive therapist (BABCP) since 1996. I have also been an accredited cognitive therapy trainer and supervisor (BABCP) since this accreditation was introduced in 2006. Part of my working life also includes supervising and training peers as well and I have assisted in running courses in the past. I have also run workshops as a visiting lecturer at universities.
You can find more about cognitive therapy, confirm my accreditation and find other accredited therapists on the British
Association for Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapies website - www.babcp.com
I am very grateful to previous clients have kindly agreed to my putting some of their feedback on this page.
However, I must acknowledge the hard work, bravery and committment of clients in working through difficulties in and beyond therapy.
No identifying information is included, and I only attach feedback with client-permission.
".......I will always be grateful to you because you "saved me" from the panic attacks I was having......Totally panic free now....eternally grateful that you gave me back my life......"
"Thank you SO much for everything over the past few months. I really couldn't have done it without you!"
"I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you again for all your help. I really didn't think that I would be in the position that I am in now when I first came to see you....I feel like a completely different person and feel like I am me again. I didn't feel like I'd ever be able to get my confidence back, and I couldn't have achieved any of this without your help.....I feel very proud of myself, and I've not felt like that for a long time. Thank you so much....."
"I would like to thank you for giving me clarity and giving me my life back. For so many years my life has been a cycle of destruction I could never imagine that I would be able to..............................."
"Thanks for all your help with this latest episode, and I shall recommend your good services to anyone that I come across whom I think might also benefit."
"I am very fortunate to have found you. You gave me a lot of confidence........."
(from a client's Occupational Health department):
"Thank you Duncan - he has done really well thanks to your help."
"......the sessions have been excellent."
"Thanks again for your invaluable help during that time."