I originally qualified as a registered nurse (Registered Mental health Nurse-RMN). Since qualifying as an RMN I have completed my BSc (Hons) degree in Health Studies, a diploma in Drug & Alcohol studies, a Kings Fund Managers programme (which was very useful when I managed various mental health services), Supervision course and Solution Focussed Therapy course (University of Hertfordshire).
Since 1993 I have worked in the community in a variety of clinical settings such as community mental health teams, assertive outreach services, forensic services, specialist services such as drug and alcohol services and as a Nurse Consultant in a community eating disorder service. I currently work for the Bedfordshire NHS Wellbeing Service (IAPT) and in my private practice.
MSc CBT, Bsc (Hons) Health Studies, EMDR Practitioner, Dip in Drug & Alcohol, BABCP Accredited, RMN .
The specific area of my interest lies in working with people who have complex trauma issues as well as severe depression and anxiety using EMDR, I like to combine modalities to help the individual to gain a holistic understanding to their issues to gain maximum awareness and benefit from the approaches used.
Some of the conditions that are treated using CBT & EMDR are:
·Anxiety disorders including phobias, panic attacks and panic disorder
·Body dysmorphic disorder
. Work stress
·Sexual and relationship problems
·Drug or alcohol abuse
·Chronic (persistent) pain
Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is a time limited intervention, and is considered to obtain a quicker response than some other approaches, such as psychoanalytical/person centred therapy, which is considered a longer term approach to problems and difficulties. The average number of CBT sessions clients' require can be between 10-16 sessions. This may vary depending on the nature of the problem or disorder. However, the aim is for you to have sufficient tools to become your own "therapist" and improve your emotional well being after receiving professional CBT.
Studies suggest that both EMDR and trauma-focused CBT can currently be regarded as effective forms of treatment for adult clients with PTSD/complex traumas. EMDR therapy treatment works using an eight phase treatment protocol . The overall goal of the therapy is for the client to process old traumatic/difficult memories/events and create new more healthier ones to obtain full recovery. With EMDR disturbing memories/events are processed using eye movements, similarly with CBT the client typically goes through imaginal exposure and/or to practice in vivo exposure.
Psychosocial support can be more open-ended intervention that is often agreed in collaboration with the client and therapist taking into consideration a variety of contextual factors surrounding the problem/issue. In most cases, it takes a number of sessions before the mental health support starts to make a difference, and a regular commitment is required to make the best use of the therapy.
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.
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