Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
I am a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and EMDR practitioner with 25 years of working in the field of mental health.
CBT and EMDR are evidence based therapies recommended by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of anxiety and depression.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
CBT is the recommended treatment for depression and anxiety by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) . This approach is a collaborative partnership between therapist and client and the ultimate aim is to enable the client to become his or her own therapist.
The process would start with an initial assessment, where I would try to get a thorough understanding of the problem- how it developed and what is keeping the problem going now.
We would work together to map out the problem and then begin working on some of the thought processes and some of the behaviours, for example avoidance, in an attempt to improve how you feel.
It is preferable for us to meet for weekly sessions, as this maintains momentum and evidence suggests this encourages the best results. In between session work would be agreed between us - this may be reading or writing something, or it may be putting into practice the things that we speak about in session.
Session numbers vary depending on the nature of the problem, but it usually varies from 6 to 20, the average probably being around 10. During the process, we would have regular reviews to ensure that the therapy is helping you to deal with the problem.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR)
This is a form of therapy that is recommended by NICE for treating post traumatic stress disorder. This can be from a single trauma , such as a road accident, assault, or can be used where there is a history of abuse or neglect. The eye movements help the brain to reprocess the trauma in a more organised way, thereby reducing distressing symptoms, such as flashbacks and nightmares. Again, session numbers vary - I have seen very quick results, but equally it can take up to 20 sessions. I work according to each individuals needs.
I offer Clinical Supervision to CBT therapists.
I have worked in the NHS for more than 30 years. I began my career as a Registered General Nurse, which I completed in 1986 and worked on a variety of wards. During my training as a general nurse, I did a placement on a mental health unit, and found that this was the area I wanted to specialise in.
Following a career break in which I travelled extensively, I then completed my RMN (Registered Mental health Nurse) in 1996. Since this time, I have worked in a variety of in-patient and community settings, but most of this time was working as a Community Mental Health Nurse in the Yorkshire Dales. I thoroughly enjoyed this and gained a huge amount of experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds and diverse problems, ranging from mild to severe and enduring problems, such as schizophrenia, Bipolar Affective Disorder and survivors of abuse.
I completed my CBT training at the University of York in 2011, and since this time I have been working as a CBT therapist in the NHS.
I enjoy working with people with a wide range of problems. I consider myself to be warm and approachable and I incorporate Compassion focused therapy into my work.
I completed my EMDR training in 2016 and have found this to be an extremely effective way of treating trauma.
I am registered with BUPA, Aviva & Vitality Health.
I am based in the beautiful town of Ilkley on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. I work from an office in the centre of town, near to local car parks and railway and bus stations. Ilkley has excellent rail and bus links to the surrounding area. I am available on Friday mornings for consultations. To arrange an appointment, or for more information, please contact me either by email or by phone. I will try to respond within 24 hours.
The Grove Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice
62 The Grove