Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) Therapist /Psychotherapist
Assessments are £80 and last 90 minutes
On going sessions are £65 and last 55 minutes
EMDR parts 1-4
2 year Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner Training
PG Dip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
PG Cert Low Intensity Therapies
BSc. Hons Psychology
Additional Therapy training
Cultivating Self Esteem with Cognitive Therapy (2 days)
Introduction to CFT (3 days)
CFT Advanced Clinical Skills (3 days)
A Compassionate Approach to recovering from shame based Trauma and PTSD (3 days, attended in 2017 and 2019)
CFT for Psychosis (2 days)
Compassion Focused Therapy Chair-work (2 days)
CFT for complex cases (2days)
Attachment, Neurodevelopment and Psychopathology training (3 days)
1 day workshops
CBT for Personality Disorders
Building Resilience in Therapists
CBT for Adults with Eating Disorders
New Approaches to Working with Bodies Today
Attachment, Compassion, The Brain and Health
Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice
The Power Threat Meaning Framework
I completed my Post Graduate Diploma in CBT at The University of Hull over two years whilst working in the NHS. This is a "gold standard" training, enabling me to work with a wide variety of problems including anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, personality disorders and psychosis.
Since this time I have completed extensive additional training in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), EMDR and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT).
I am experienced in working with a wide range of difficulties, including depression, low self esteem, anxiety disorders (such as phobias, generalised anxiety, OCD), eating problems, body image issues, relationship difficulties and trauma/PTSD.
I accept self referrals and referrals from other sources eg GP/Health Visitor.
I am fully accredited and am registered with a range of insurers, including AXA, Aviva, Vitality Health and WPA.
I offer both short and long term work.
I am available Monday-Wednesday and Fridays.
I began working in the NHS in 2009, initially as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) and then as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT)/Psychotherapist. From 2017 onwards I worked for The Retreat, York, offering therapy for NHS and private patients, before moving to full time private practice at Reflect in Pocklington, York in 2019 and continuing my training in EMDR and CAT.
I believe my main strengths as a therapist are building a strong working relationship with my clients and together making sense of what is causing and maintaining their distress through collaborative formulation. Whilst my initial training was in evidence-based diagnosis "protocol" driven Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), I balance this with sound psychological "principles", drawing from different schools of thought to inform my clinical practice, putting my clients and their experiences at the very heart of my work.
I have a particular interest and expertise in Compassion Focused approaches for shame-based difficulties and have completed a further two year training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), which focuses on patterns of relating and linking current difficulties with past experiences. I have also completed an accredited 4 part training in EMDR, a therapy used to target traumatic memories.
I am extremely passionate about what I do and I love my job; I feel privileged to be able to work with people in this way.
I value the explicit and collaborative nature of CBT, and the importance of developing a shared understanding of what is both causing and maintaining distress, in order to move towards a process of change.
CFT is an integrative therapy, drawing from a wide range of theories including evolutionary psychology and attachment theory, and was developed for problems related to self criticism and shame. This approach also emphasises the importance of the therapeutic relationship, which in and of itself can be a powerful vehicle for experimentation and change, particularly for example where people have had difficult early experiences and/or relational problems in their life.
CAT is also formulation driven and relationally focused, and it too emphasises the use of the therapeutic relationship to facilitate a process of change.
I typically offer therapy which "blends" these approaches, incorporating aspects of EMDR where appropriate: there is space to better understand the mind and brain and why we feel as we do; to develop an understanding of our own unique story and experiences which have shaped these; to develop new skills; and to consider what changes we want to make to help us become "unstuck" and move forward in our lives and relationships.
My therapy style is semi structured, including some "homework assignments", as well as offering space to connect with difficult feelings, and access emotional support.
What to expect
I initially meet with individuals for an assessment, lasting around 90 minutes, during which we can start to better understand your difficulties and whether we might be able to work together. If I feel that a different therapy would be a better fit for you I am up front about saying so and will suggest alternative sources of support.
Ongoing therapy sessions last 55 minutes and are typically weekly, although this can vary and is negotiated on an individual basis.
Please contact me for more information about availability and to discuss making an appointment.