I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, and am fully accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). This is the leading organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in the UK.
I also have a long background in mental health nursing and continue to hold a qualification as a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN). I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, which is the nursing and midwifery regulator for England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Both the BABCP and NMC have their own Code of Ethics which I adhere too.
I have worked for the NHS, in a variety of mental health settings, with a broad range of mental health problems, for more than twenty years. I have always been fascinated by people and the factors that influence mental health, and remain passionate by this field of work. I feel privileged to have had a career that I love, and to have met and worked with each and every single person that has shared their journey with me, to have heard each and every life story that has been shared, and learnt so much along the way.
Due to my extensive experience of working with mental health and emotional difficulties, I am comfortable in working with a full range of emotional distress. People coming to therapy for the first time can often worry about how their story will be received, but I understand this. At anchor your boat, you will be provided with a safe space for you to talk freely and confidently, about the things that you are finding difficult.
It can be difficult to pick up that phone and make that call, or walk through the door for the first time. We can sometimes promise ourselves that we will change things tomorrow, pick up the phone tomorrow, do something different tomorrow…and the decision to enter therapy can be much the same. I understand that fully, and all I can say, is that you will be given a warm welcome, a safe space, understanding, and time. What I would also share with you is all of the countless times that people have said to me “I wish I had come sooner”.
When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am also a bit of an “out doors” person. I like running, travelling, horse riding, and walking my dog in the countryside….I probably like it a bit less in the winter months when its cold!
Post Graduate Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Application of CBT in Long Term Conditions and Medically Unexplained Symptoms
Mental Health Nursing Diploma
ENB Teaching and Assessing in clinical practice (998)
The Degree of Bachelor of Science in Community Mental Health