Counselling and Psychotherapy Service
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
to expect from Counselling
is about giving you a toolkit to help you understand
what is going on for you in all aspects of emotional
disturbances. It helps you identify those feelings
and work out why you are in a difficult place
at the moment. This can include anxiety, sadness,
depression, loss, relationship concerns, obsessive
thoughts and behaviours, lack of motivation, addictive
behaviours, anger, shame and self confidence issues.
is very much about helping you to become your
own therapist. You are encouraged to look at the
'here and now' and towards how you want to be
in future relationships, work and family life.
Of course your past experiences influence and
impact on your thoughts and behaviours in the
present, but the emphasis is on what you can do
today to maximise your happiness now and in the
is an investment in your self for life. The sessions
help highlight your irrational thoughts and behaviours
which are not in your own best interest. It is
about maximising your chances of personal happiness.
It is also about not just coming along when things
get difficult and upsetting but also to consider
having a 'personal development' session every
now and then to re assess where you are in life.
CBT helps you to enhance your everyday life, to
reduce the possibility of future emotional disturbance
by you changing the way you view events and people.
have worked at corporate level doing Executive
Coaching too. Taking time out in a safe and trusting
environment in therapeutic interactions can help
you to reflect, re-assess and move forward to
more personally chosen and relevant goals in your
life. Being pro-active in your life rather than
responding always to others demands.
qualifications and experience
M.A. (Psych) M.A. Professional Writing B.Ed. (Hons) Cert. Ed. (Distinction)
Registered Accredited Therapist on National B.A.B.C.P. Register CBT
• British Psychological Society Graduate member since 1983
• 12 years lecturing Psychology and training counsellors in Higher Education
• 10 years working with emotionally disturbed teenagers in U.K. and California, U.S.A.
• Counselling provision in H.M. Prison Service & Quality Assurance
• 6 years working for 'Lifeworks', HR branch of Ceridian U.K. As telephone counsellor, Case Manager, and Trainer for Change Management.
• Currently Associate consultant for Lifeworks
• 3 years running 'Happiness Seminars', including Guest lecture appointments with Cunard on the liner Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth 2, P&O cruise ships, Saga Cruise ships and Travelscope ships.
• Private Practice since 1992
Personal and Professional issues and problems
• Frustration and Anger
• Issues of self esteem
• Relationship issues
• Family concerns
• Concerns over unhelpful habits
• Professional coaching service
• Student struggles
• Life coaching for a new perspective
you wait until your car breaks down before you
get it serviced? Half of us would probably answer
'yes'. The other half might well make sure their
car had regular services. We pay out for our car
mechanic hourly rate without much surprise, although
these rates are fairly substantial.
too with plumber's call out fees, dental bills
etc. Our emotional well being does not always
get the same consideration. Sometimes we might
think it somewhat self indulgent to spend money
on our 'problems'. The investment you make in
looking into your difficulties will pay off greatly
in your future emotional and physical well being.
You can replace a car.
we value our emotional happiness as highly as
inanimate possessions? Do we wait until things
get really difficult before looking for help -
sometimes we are not aware how upset we have become,
or maybe dare not allow ourselves to start looking
at what is happening, fear prevents us. CBT therapy
can really help reduce the emotional disturbances,
by giving you time to consider what is happening
for you in a safe and confidential environment
where you can give thought to what is happening
in your life and start to make changes and decisions
for the future in a calm and structured way. CBT
therapy can then give you tools to watch out for
signs of potential future disturbances before
they impact greatly on our lives. Emotional disturbances
can have deleterious effects on our physical health,
our personal and professional relationships.
yourself, take care of yourself and give yourself
the best chances of a happy and healthy emotional
the Greek philosopher said:
'Man is disturbed not by events or by other
people, but his view of those events'
does not aim to change events in our environments
or the people around us - but what you can do
is change your views and thus help to reduce emotional
and on line counselling are also available.
Fees for privately funded sessions are available upon request.