I’m a registered and fully insured Cognitive Behavioural Therapist & Supervisor with the BABCP. I've also completed training in EMDR and I'm registered as a Mental Health Nurse with the NMC. I have worked in the area of mental health for 13 years within the NHS and private healthcare settings. My main focus has been working with children and adolescents in London, Kent and Stoke On Trent, providing comprehensive assessments and providing evidenced based treatments within a variety of different roles.
WHAT I PROVIDE
I mainly provide online therapy due to the ease and evidence base associated with working with people online. face to face therapy is an option at a private rented office in Congleton, Cheshire, however please contact me to discuss this further. Face to face and online appointments include an assessment of an individual’s mental health to gain an understanding of someone’s difficulties, how they have developed and how these might be maintained. Once this has been established during our initial appointment, or multiple appointments. We can then begin to set goals to think about what you would like to be different and how these would demonstrate an improvement in your mental health and work toward these using CBT. If CBT doesn’t appear to the appropriate therapy, or you don’t feel this particular therapy is correct for you. I will provide recommendations on appropriate steps moving forward which might include an alternative therapy to CBT.
I also provide therapy through various insurance companies, so please do get in touch if you have private health insurance.
DIFFICULTIES I WORK WITH
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.
Most people feel low sometimes, but if it's affecting your life, there are things you can try that may help.
GAD is a long-term condition that causes you to feel anxious about a wide range of situations and issues, rather than 1 specific event.
Health anxiety is when you spend so much time worrying you're ill, or about getting ill, that it starts to take over your life.
Social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, is a long-term and overwhelming fear of social situations.
Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder where you regularly have sudden attacks of panic
PEOPLE I WORK WITH
CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS
WORKING WITH PARENTS TO HELP THEIR CHILDREN
WHAT IS CBT?
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on the connection between our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours. It is a goal-oriented and evidence-based approach to treating a wide range of mental health conditions and psychological challenges. CBT operates on the principle that our thoughts influence our feelings and actions, and by identifying and changing unhelpful or distorted thinking patterns, we can create positive changes in our behaviour and emotional well-being.
In CBT, individuals work collaboratively with a therapist to identify and challenge negative or irrational beliefs, also known as cognitive distortions. These distorted thoughts often contribute to emotional distress and unhealthy behaviours. By examining the evidence for and against these thoughts, individuals can gain insight into their thinking patterns and replace them with more accurate and constructive beliefs.
CBT is a structured therapy that typically involves a set number of sessions, usually ranging from 12 to 20, although the exact number can vary depending on the individual's needs. The therapy is time-limited, meaning it focuses on achieving specific goals within a defined period. Sessions are typically held on a weekly basis and involve active participation from the individual.
During CBT sessions, therapists and clients work together to develop strategies and skills to manage and overcome challenges. These strategies may include behavioural experiments, where individuals test their beliefs through real-life experiences, as well as cognitive restructuring, which involves challenging and reframing negative thoughts. Clients are often encouraged to practice new skills and techniques outside of therapy sessions to reinforce learning and foster lasting change.
CBT has been extensively researched and has demonstrated effectiveness in treating various mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, and substance abuse, among others. It is a versatile approach that can be adapted to different populations, age groups, and cultural backgrounds. CBT can be delivered in individual therapy, group therapy, or even self-help formats, making it widely accessible to individuals seeking support and personal growth.
The sessions have helped beyond measure. I would say that Ben has given me some sort of life back and I am very grateful. The tools he's given me have not only helped me through this time, but hopefully have equipped me with dealing with any future issues