About

After a successful career in publishing I trained as a psychotherapist. I have an MSc in Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and have been working in private practice since 2003. I have also worked with the NHS and with the Priory in London before moving to Somerset in 2012.

I am an Integrative CBT Therapist which means I am able to draw on a wide range of therapeutic approaches to help people work through their issues.  In addition I train people in CBT, Counselling and Hypnotherapy and supervise students and therapists  I also  run courses in Mindfulness and personal development workshops called Desire Map.

“Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so”

William Shakespeare 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

This is the psychological model which underpins my work. There are two main Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches; Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) and Cognitive Therapy (CT) and I am trained to master’s level in both.   

CBT is based on the idea that our unwanted emotions and behaviours are maintained by the beliefs we hold others, the world and ourselves. These beliefs drive thoughts and behaviors which maintain our difficult emotional and behavioural responses to events in our lives. For example, if you interpret a situation as dangerous or threatening then you are likely to experience anxiety, or if you have rigid rules about the way people should behave towards you, you are likely to feel anger when they don’t behave in the way you think they must.

If your thoughts and beliefs about yourself, others and the world are unchallenged then these patterns and

CBT has been thoroughly researched and is the NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) therapy of choice for anxiety and depression.

Clinical Hypnosis

Hypnosis has been endorsed by the BMA (British Medical Association) as part of medical education since 1955 and is widely used to support people dealing with pain, stress, anxiety, phobia’s and habit disorders and many other psychological and medical issues. It is particularly helpful for people dealing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of selective focused attention which allows individuals to make changes to habitual thoughts and behaviours. It is most effective when used within a proven psychological approach which is why I have training both as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist.

Research has shown that people receiving CBT combined with hypnosis experience significantly better results than people who receive either therapy separately for certain issues. *Ongoing research and anecdotal observation continues to bear this out across many issues with many individuals.

• Kirsch, I., Montgomery, G., G&Sapirstein, G, Hypnosis as an Adjunct to Cognitive Behavioural Psychology. Issue 2 April 1995 p214-220

In addition I trained as a Fertile Body Practitioner and help support women with fertility issues and support through IVF.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is defined as moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations without judging whether they are good or bad. It has been proven to be particularly helpful in helping people recover from depressive episodes, manage pain and anxiety and as such is a natural adjunct to CBT.

I am trained, as Mindfulness Coach so will teach my clients to use mindfulness to help them manage their day-to-day lives.

Additional Approaches
Compassion Focused therapy (CFT)
Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT)
Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

I have also undertaken additional training in these areas and will integrate them where appropriate into the work that I do.

CFT and ACT are cognitive approaches which advocate being compassionate and accepting towards oneself and where you are at rather than striving to change.

EMDR is the therapy of choice for working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms  (PTSD) and trauma memories.

As an Integrative CBT Therapist every approach comes under the CBT banner of helping people change the thoughts and behaviours which are maintaining their problems.

I work in Bath and Frome in Somerset

I mostly see clients face to face, but am able to arrange Skype sessions where appropriate

Please contact me to make an appointment

01373 453270