I have a certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and my training was in association with the National Health Service (NHS). In order to maintain and improve my skills, I attend regular clinical supervision as part of my continual professional development as a cognitive behavioural therapist. I am also a fully qualified autogenic therapy practitioner and I trained with the British Autogenic Society. Since 2003, I have been treating people who have presented with a wide range of problems including various anxiety disorders, difficulties with self-confidence, stress-related conditions and low mood.
One of my main aims as a CBT therapist is to have a collaborative and trusting relationship with my client as this is essential for the therapy to be effective. I like to create an atmosphere where you will feel comfortable enough to talk about the issues that are bothering you. The content of our sessions is confidential.
In the sessions, we will develop a shared understanding of your difficulties and how they are currently being maintained. We will identify specific values and goals to aim for and from these will stem the main direction and focus of our work together. There is an educational element to the therapy and during our sessions I will support and encourage you in learning the CBT skills that you will then be able to apply for yourself in the future.
I also incorporate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which is classified as a Third Wave CBT approach.
As mentioned above, I’m also an autogenic therapy practitioner. Autogenics (also known as autogenic training) is a recognised stress management programme and is a powerful relaxation therapy. The autogenic therapy course consists of 8 once-weekly sessions during which you learn a set of simple mental exercises that help to switch off the fight-flight system (the stress response) in the mind and body.
In its approach, autogenic therapy shares many similarities with ‘mindfulness’. The exercises help to develop our awareness of the present moment while calmly noting and fully accepting our feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Autogenics has been referred to as ‘western meditation’.