Covid-19: Are you in need of support?

As we continue to face these uncertain times, you may be finding yourself feeling anxious, alone, afraid and/or experiencing feelings of low mood for the first time. Perhaps you already have a predisposition to health anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalised anxiety or depression, and noticing an increase or re-emergence of your symptoms.

I am here to help!

Please contact me for support with anxiety management skills; dealing with adjustment issues; relational or family difficulties or any other issues which may be arising as a result of Covid-19.

Over the forthcoming weeks, I will be extending my services to include sessions focussing on specific issues relating to coping with Covid-19. This may be a one-off session or ongoing treatment, with all sessions currently taking place remotely.

About Me

I am an enthusiastic and empathic counselling psychologist with a wide range of experience in both the private and public sector. I have significant experience working with adults in both time-limted and longer term therapy, as well as extensive experience facilitating group therapy. I have supported patients with mild/moderate psychological difficulties as well as those with highly complex presentations.

I have an interest in working with patients with depression and anxiety disorders (including panic disorder, social and health anxiety) and supporting new parents with the adjustments and challenges that come with being a parent. During my time in the public sector, I developed a service working with stroke survivors, and as a result I have a keen interest in supporting patients adjusting to chronic medical conditions.

My Approach

Choosing the right treatment can be a challenge. Whilst my main approach is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), my "patient first approach" means that where necessary I will integrate other therapy models in order to ensure the needs of my patients are met.

Whilst patients diagnosis may be much the same, I understand each of my patients have different needs and goals, and my aim is to respond to their unique situations, by developing individually tailored programmes of therapy for each and every one of them.

I usually see my patients in person on a weekly basis, in order to maintain the therapeutic momentum. However, I can also offer skype or telephonic sessions.

Testimonials

You have an incredibly balanced approach which feels personal but also recognises those important healthy boundaries we as patients are having to learn to re-establish. Thank you for being part of what has and continues to bring me back to life."

"I have achieved things and enjoyed things which seemed completely unthinkable and impossible - all thanks to your advice and approach."

"It has been quite a difficult journey, I feel now that I can move on with the help and guidance you have given me. You are an amazing person and it was an absolute pleasure to work with you. It's difficult to say goodbye to someone you shared so much with, I will hold a special place in my heart for you."

"I was very apprehensive and lost at the initial assessment. You were warm, caring and made be feel there was hope - and following our sessions I found that there is."

Fees

If you have medical insurance, please contact your provider to determine the level of cover you have available for psychological health treatment. An authorisation code will be required ahead of the first appointment. I am registered with the following insurance providers.

Registered Insurance Companies

Should you wish to self-fund your therapy, the fees are £100 per session. Please note that all sessions are 50 minutes in duration.

Details of payment will be discussed when arranging the first appointment.

FAQ

I have tried therapy before and it didn’t work so why should I try again?

There are many reasons why you might not have found your past therapy useful. Firstly, your readiness to engage in therapy is very important, as well as the style of therapy you try. Most importantly the relationship you have with your therapist makes a big difference to how helpful you find your sessions. Ultimately you need a therapist that you have confidence in and feel comfortable with, so please don't give up if you've yet to find the right therapist for you.

What can I expect at the first appointment?

The first appointment is an initial assessment. It is an opportunity for us to begin to put together a picture of how things are for you and what you would like to be different. We can then formulate a plan for further sessions.

Is everything I talk about confidential?

Yes everything you bring to a session is confidential. The only exception being where there is concern for your safety or for the safety of others. In such cases other professionals may become involved in your care in order to get you the additional help you need.

Yes everything you bring to a session is confidential.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a time limited approach focusing on unhelpful thoughts and behavioural patterns which may be maintaining your problems. The aim of CBT is to enable you to think in a more balanced way about things that happen in your life. CBT does not focus extensively on your past but it uses your past experiences to make links to some of the challenges you are currently facing in the present day.

What is your cancellation policy?

24 hours notice is required when cancelling your appointment, otherwise you will be charged the full fee for the session.

Resources

Below are some useful mental health associated resources that you may find an interesting read...

The Covid-19 pandemic poses a threat to both our physical and mental health. ...

   

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.

   

Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current Coronavirus (COVID-19), can be scary and can affect our mental health...

   

Cognitive behavioral therapy was created from the realization that a person’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors...

   

How CBT works and how you can utilize it in your everyday life

   

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a common type of talking therapy and patients are supported and guided throughout the process by a mental health therapist...

   

We’ve all heard the term mental health, but many of us confuse mental health issues, or ill mental health, with...

   

There are many psychological reasons why a person may not feel as though they have the energy or motivation to get out of bed in the morning...

   

Contact

Contacting a therapist can be daunting and all calls and email enquiries are treated in strictest of confidence. This is an opportunity to ask any questions you may have and if you would like to explore starting therapy further, an initial appointment will be arranged.

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