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My skills and experience are in treating a whole range of anxiety problems and depression. You don’t need a name or a label for CBT to be helpful for you. It’s all about increasing your understanding of yourself and what you are thinking feeling and doing that may be part of the problem – not a diagnosis.

Having said that, CBT is the therapy with the most evidence for the treatment of a range of anxiety problems and is one of the most effective treatments for depression, although it is important to say there are other therapies for depression. NICE (National Institute for Care and Clinical Excellence) publish guidelines for the best treatment for most health conditions including for mental health problems. www.nice.org.uk You can look at the document corresponding to your problem to find out the recommended ‘best practise’

I work with adults only - 18+. I do not offer couples therapy but sometimes the success of CBT is enhanced by involving someone close to you in a session or two to help them understand how to best support your therapy journey.

Of course this is a worry, especially when it is something so personal and also when the cost may be a concern. Please contact me through the website or give me a call as I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation which will answer any such questions you may have.

Sessions are for an hour with 50 minutes of therapy time and allowing 10 minutes for admin stuff like rebooking, paying, and ensuring you feel ok after therapy to leave the session.

The current cost is £70 for self paying clients. I am registered with a number of health insurance agencies so if you do have access to health insurance through work or your own policy, it is worth asking them whether they will fund your therapy.

Payment can be through Bank transfer (BACS) which I ask you to do before the session or Paypal again before the session. Due to therapy being on line cash or cheque payments are not available and I do not take cards at the moment.

Yes I do afternoon and early evening sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

If you would feel more comfortable having the support of someone else you can do so. I may suggest some time to talk with you alone, or encourage you to begin to come to sessions on your own. The exception is when we agree that it would be helpful to involve another person in your therapy.

It is not a good idea to have your child in the session with you, because therapy needs to be your time to focus on you. I try to be as flexible as possible to enable you to make childcare arrangements.

Unless it is an emergency, I do need 24 hours + notice  to change or cancel an appointment without charge. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice incur a charge in order to cover my own costs. The charges will be in your therapy contract.

CBT can be short or long term – anything from 6 sessions to several months. It is very dependant on your needs, how long you have had the problem and to be honest, how hard you work at putting what you learn in session into practice in your day to day life! That bit is something I have no control over but I will always discuss with you how many sessions I think may be needed, based on my experience of treating similar problems over the years.

That’s fine. Therapy has to be right for you and you need to feel comfortable with me. At all times you are the person choosing. I will always be willing to discuss your reservations and doubts and help you work out if it the therapy that is not right for you or if your feelings are because therapy is challenging.

My therapy is all on-line video based appointments. Working on-line has been shown over the last couple of years to be just as effective as face-to-face contact. It also makes it possible to continue therapy should you need to travel away with work or need to stay at home for health reasons.  I use ZOOM as it lends itself well to CBT, enabling me to show you handouts and share diagrams with you. I am happy to use Skype or another platform if you would prefer. Therapy can also be on the phone though I do encourage video where possible.

No, all sessions are on line.

No, my work is with you as an individual though the context of someone’s relationships are always relevant. Sometimes in CBT it is helpful for a partner to attend a one-off session to help them understand your needs better but we would always agree this together. If you need couples counselling I would try to suggest an alternative therapist.

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