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Simon Westrip

Simon Westrip

Mindfulness Practitioner in Chester Le Street

My name is Simon Westrip and I am psychotherapist with over 30 years' experience working and teaching in the field of mental health. I have a private practice offering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness Based Interventions such as Acceptance Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy, EMDR, specialising in the treatment of depression, anxiety trauma based disorders.

I offer sessions of an hour to an hour and half in length, dependant on the therapy, Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings. The first session is as an assessment ,and is used to determine suitability of the therapy offered to you as the client. The average number of sessions range from 10-20 sessions but it can be shorter, dependent on need.
I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), and have indemnity insurance and DBS checked. I can deliver therapy at your home, if needed or online or by telephone. I am always happy to discuss your treatment options.

Background & Qualifications

Simon Westrip RMN, MSc. Health and Social Research (Mental Health) , PG Cert PSI (Psychosis), PG Dip Advanced CBT Practice, BSc. (Hons) Nursing Science, Dip. PSN, Cert. Ed. (FE), RNT

My Specialisms

Offering therapy for stress, depression, anxiety disorders and trauma, using cognitive behavioural therapy mindfulness based interventions and EMDR

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

With you (the client) webdecide which approach or approachs suits your needs, as therapy is a partnership which enables you to feel in contol of your therapy and your life.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle.

CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. You're shown how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you feel.

Unlike some other talking treatments, CBT deals with your current problems, rather than focusing on issues from your past. It looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis.

Mindfulness-based interventions

Buddhist and Western psychology inform the theoretical framework of most mindfulness-based clinical interventions, such as: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) MBCT. Compassion Focused Therapy .

What is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing)
• EMDR is an information processing therapy that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches utilising the natural healing ability of your body.
• EMDR is used for individuals who have experienced severe trauma that remains unresolved. When a traumatic or distressing experience occurs, it may overwhelm normal thought processing and coping mechanisms. The memory and associated trigger are inadequately processed and stored in an isolated memory network.
• The goal of EMDR therapy is to process these distressing memories, reducing their negative effects and allowing clients to develop better coping mechanisms. This is done in an eight-step protocol that includes having clients recall distressing images while receiving one of several types of bilateral sensory input E.g. Eye movements, that are recreated by asking you to watch the practitioner's finger move backwards and forwards across your visual field. Sometimes, a bar of moving lights or headphones is used instead.
• The eye movements will last for a short while and then stop. You will then be asked to report back on the experiences you have had during each of these sets of eye movements. Experiences during a session may include changes in thoughts, images and feelings.
• EMDR was originally developed to treat adults suffering from PTSD, however, it is also used to treat other conditions, such anxiety disorders (social anxiety, phobias, PTSD, panic) depression, low self-esteem.
• Your sessions may be weekly or fortnightly and you will have an opportunity to agree the number of sessions, usually duration is 60-90 minutes up to 20, this will be agreed during assessment and reviewed regularly
• EMDR Practitioner isl deliver the therapy in person and can support you to make positive changes.
What are the benefits?

• With repeated sets of eye movements, the memory tends to change in such a way that it loses its painful intensity and simply becomes a neutral memory of an event in the past. Other associated memories may also heal at the same time. This linking of related memories can lead to a dramatic and rapid improvement in many aspects of your life.
• Negative emotions, feelings and behaviours are generally caused by unresolved earlier experiences that are pushing you in the wrong directions. The goal of EMDR therapy is to leave you with the emotions, understanding, and perspectives that will lead to healthy and useful behaviours and interactions.
• EMDR can accelerate therapy by resolving the impact of your past traumas, either major trauma PTSD or trauma that doesn't meet the criteria for PTSD but is emotional distressing and allowing you to live more fully in the present.
• EMDR has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and is a recommended intervention by the NICE Guidelines (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy In Person £50 per 50 minutes
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Online/Telephone £50 per 50 minutes
EMDR In Person £50 per 60 minutes
Mindfulness In Person £50 per 50 minutes

Additional Rate Information

Delivering therapy at your home address may incurr additional expense.