There are moments in all of our lives where we need a safe place to explore our emotions and experiences. By allowing ourselves the opportunity to understand the origins of our distress we can learn what actions we need to take to recover and heal. It may be that we feel stuck, perhaps unable to share these thoughts with those closest to us, and by bottling these feelings up we can eventually become overwhelmed.
Cotswold CBT offers a safe and confidential space to explore and understand your experiences to ease the burden of emotional distress.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy takes a 'here and now' approach to our difficulties. We achieve this by initially exploring our previous experiences and how these have influenced the beliefs we hold about ourselves and the world. Once we have a good understanding of what got us to where we are, we begin to consider the best approach to move us to a more helpful place by employing a variety of evidence based approaches.
CBT is an evidenced based therapy recommended by NICE guidelines as a front line treatment for a number of emotional difficulties. The underlying principle of CBT is to understand the links between our thoughts, feelings and behaviours, which allow us to identify patterns in our lives that contribute to or maintain our difficulties.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapists work collaboratively to establish the narrative of a persons difficulty. These are often related to our past experiences and how they influence the beliefs we hold about ourselves. Once we have a shared understanding of the problem we introduce positive lasting change by breaking these unhelpful patterns.
CBT can allow us to improve our wellbeing, overcome difficulties from the past and allow us to break unhelpful patterns, to live more rewarding and meaningful lives.
Cotswold CBT can Help you if you're experiencing any of the following:
I am a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and a member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). I am also a member of the British Psychological Society with a Masters of Science in applied Neuropsychology. I have also trained to conduct diagnostic assessments for Autism Spectrum Conditions.
I have experience working with people across a broad range of emotional difficulties. I have a diverse range of experience from helping people recover and adjust from traumatic brain injuries to those experiencing trauma, depression, stress and anxiety. I have worked as a psychological therapist for the NHS in Primary and Intermediate Care Teams. I have also conducted research into adapted therapeutic interventions for Autism Spectrum Conditions as the Autism lead for an NHS Psychology Service.
I work in a person centred way that puts the individual and their difficulty at the forefront of the work we do together. My approach is one of curiosity, warmth and collaboration. We can all be anxious, confused and misunderstood at times, but with patience and a little exploration we can learn to overcome our difficulties and live happier and more fulfilling lives
As a member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) I practice in accordance with their framework of Standards of Conduct Performance and Ethics. I believe it is important to have a shared understanding of the responsibilities which both client and therapist have during their work together, and I work in a way which supports openness and allows us to develop a shared understanding of the difficulties we are working with. To be fully compliant with these guidelines it is necessary for us to agree a therapy contract at the beginning of our time together, to ensure we have mutual understanding of each others expectations and the therapeutic undertaking. A copy of the BABCP code of conduct is available for you to download in the link below.
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