CBT, DBT, Schema and more
I am a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC and a Forensic Psychologist chartered with the British Psychological Society offering individual therapy covering a range of topics. These include anxiety, depression, OCD, anger management, personality issues.
I offer sessions face to face (Northampton/ Market Harborough) or via telephone, video call (Zoom.us) to clients in the U.K as well as worldwide.
Therapy sessions last for 55 minutes. The first session will be an assessment, where we will explore your issues in more detail and get some background information about your life. We will then agree some goals of therapy. I generally recommend having weekly sessions, although there may be scope to do these fortnightly if needed.
I take a collaborative approach to therapy, and the decision as to what you want to focus on and explore will be agreed jointly. Some people prefer to focus on the ‘here and now’ whilst others want to look deeper at the origins of some of their thinking, emotions and behaviour.
Core Therapies Overview:
This therapy focuses on understanding how our thinking and feelings impact on our behaviour. It has been found to be effective for many issues including anxiety, depression, OCD and anger management. I can either offer sessions with a primary CBT focus (which I would recommend at least 10), or CBT principles can be included in a more integrative approach to therapy. Please see more about CBT here
I am a trained DBT Therapist and have ran DBT groups for a number of years. I can offer the core components of DBT to individuals – Skills development (emotional management, relationship skills and distress tolerance; exploring current problematic behaviours (through use of a daily Dairy card and Behavioural Chain Analysis). However, please note that effectiveness of DBT is based on completing both Group and Individual sessions and so at present I can offer a ‘DBT Informed’ approach. This is still likely to help individuals who want to explore and understand their behaviour.
This is an individual therapy which focuses on understanding our ‘schemas’ (which are patterns of thinking, feelings and memories which lead to unhelpful behaviour). It looks at understanding the childhood origins of schemas and developing strategies to manage these currently. Learn more here
I often integrate mindfulness exercises into my therapy, especially for those individuals who may have problems with over thinking, anxiety or negative thoughts. It is at its core the practise of learning to focus on one thing in the present moment, without being distracted by your thoughts. Mindfulness can involve short exercises or those that can take upto ½ hour.
Compassion Focused Therapy:
This therapy focuses on developing skills to allow us to be nice to ourselves; to understand our strengths and also how our past experiences can motivate use in the future. A standard definition of compassion is "a sensitivity to suffering in self and others with a commitment to try to alleviate and prevent it."
I can offer face to face therapy at either my Northampton clinic, which takes place at the Northampton Clinic on Abingdon Avenue or my Market Harborough clinic, which takes place at Mindtalk on St Mary's Road. Both are easily accessible with free street parking.
I am able to offer video therapy sessions, usually via Zoom (zoom.us), to individuals who may find coming to my clinics difficult. You may want to consider video therapy if:
- You prefer to access support from your own home
- You want to fit therapy around work/ childcare commitments
- You are living abroad but you want a UK based therapist
- You travel a lot, so video therapy will allow you to have regular sessions
A benefit to Video therapy is that I can be more flexible with times for this.
Private Healthcare Insurance:
I am a registered provider of therapy with the following healthcare insurers:
- BUPA (to see my profile click here)
If you currently have health insurance please first check your policy document to see if you are covered for psychology. If so, contact your insurer and follow their instructions. On some occasions you may need to see a GP to be assessed first. Please get in contact if you wish to discuss therapy via a private healthcare insurance so that we can talk through how this works.
£85 for a 55 minute assessment or therapy session
£70 for video therapy