Cognitive & Behavioural Psychotherapy with Clinical Trauma Speciality
Are you struggling with issues related to trauma, grief, addiction, anxiety, or major life changes? I am an experienced clinician and a member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Union, and I would like to help. There comes a time when we need some help from a certified professional to help cope with many of life’s challenges. I am an experienced mental health professional Psychotherapist specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the Hutton area of Preston, and I’d love to help you on your journey toward healing and self-discovery.
Since opening the doors of my practice in 2014, I have provided clients with a wide range of psychological services. Life can be overwhelming and sometimes even exhausting, but I’m here to guide you through any obstacles that you may face. My goal is to help you understand yourself more deeply to better cope with change.
Serving Hutton and surrounding areas.
About our Sessions
CBT, Counter Conditioning and Trauma
At my practice, I predominantly utilise Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which is commonly referred to as a talking therapy that can help people to manage their problems by changing the way they think about them and how they behave. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression but it can also be used for many other mental and physical health related difficulties. From a Psychology perspective, I am Jungian (Analytical Psychology) and model my practices on the Jungian form of therapy (Jungian Analysis), which is designed to bring the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind together in order to help people feel balanced and whole.
This type of therapy helps to improve the lives of people with issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, phobias, relationship issues, trauma issues, low self-esteem, and emotional difficulties.Through the use of various psychotherapy methods and collaborative treatment measures, my patients develop life-changing habits to help them cope with any of life’s various obstacles. My therapy sessions are designed to dissect personal issues and provide patients with effective tools to help them see the glass half full instead of half empty.
The first meeting is an Introductory Session, which I offer at a reduced rate. This will give you an opportunity to meet with me and ask any questions that you have. We can then explore what you are seeking from Counselling. I will then explain how I work and look at how we can move forward. If we decide that the sessions will work for you, we can then arrange regular meetings. As well as the private sessions at my practice, I can also accomodate FaceTime/Skype in online sessions, as well as home visits or an outdoor walking session. I am flexible with time and days, as I'm aware of people in shift work or their regular daily commitments, and that fixed times are not always possible. Each session lasts for 60 minutes. The introductory session is £45.00, followed by regular sessions at £85.00 per hour.
Individual Psychotherapy involves regularly scheduled sessions, often weekly, to focus on current or past issues, experiences, thoughts, or feelings.
Couples Therapy helps couples to make sense of problems that may be impacting on their quality of life and looks for ways to work through them.
Family or Group Therapy is working with members of a family to solve a group or individual problem that is affecting part of, or the whole family/group up to 4 people.
And Experience You Can Count On
2000 - 2015
16 years of working within the NHS in Mental Health Nursing.
I have Diplomas in Nursing Psychology and Mental Health Studies.
I am a certified Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practitioner.
I also hold a Professional Diploma in Psychotherapy.
I am also a certified clinical trauma specialist and as a clinician I am able to assist my clients in their healing process.
2007 - Present
I am an NHS and UCLAN certified Phlebotomist, training that I took because many patients who receive antipsychotic medication require blood to be taken and monitored on a regular basis.
I have worked in Mental Health since 2000, and after several years of working within the NHS on both Psychiatric Acute and Intensive Care Units (PICU), I decided to go to university to do my Mental Health nurse training, having attended both UCLAN and the University of Cumbria. Since then I have continued with numerous Mental Health training courses and CPD eventually progressing from Mental Health nursing into Psychotherapy and what is known as Talking Therapy. I am an NHS and UCLAN certified Phlebotomist.
I am also a CPD registered trainer and offer accredited CPD training courses as well as being an Ofqual registered teacher, assessor and IQA, which means that I deliver formal Ofqual regulated RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) qualifications. Developing as both a Psychotherapist and as a teacher helps to maintain my professional standards as a supervisor to assess trainee Psychotherapists as well as continually updating my annual CPD requirements keeping my education as current and as rounded as possible.
How we work
COMPASSIONATE - HUMANISTIC - ANALYTICAL
Imagine waking up every morning feeling like you can take on the world. How great does that feel? In 2014, I opened the doors to my practice to patients in Preston offering them a wide range of counseling and psychological services to guide them through life’s challenges and most trying times.
Life can get difficult, and sometimes a little help from a professional Psychotherapist can make things better. I care about your well-being and provide you all the tools you need in order to seize the day and learn how to tackle even the most traumatic circumstances.
I refer to my practice as offering Cognitive Psychology and Counter-Conditioning Therapy, which essentially means that I use the science of behaviour and the mind (including conscious and unconscious), as well as feelings and thoughts to relate to intellectual activity with thinking, reasoning, or remembering and then, where needed, I apply a Counter conditioning technique that focuses on changing a persons response to their affecting stimuli, such as reacting with less fear or stress (gaining control), or using counter-conditioning to turn a positive or pleasurable response into a negative response such as to stop smoking.
Booking and Enquiry Contact
Emergency Psychiatry has always been my main focus having mostly worked with the PICU setting, and I love helping patients develop the tools they need to cope with life’s challenges.
Psychotherapists are trained to listen to you attentively, but at the same time listening to things that you communicate unconsciously. Psychotherapy is not something that the therapist does to you, it is a collaboration where you and the therapist work together, but it is not an instant treatment. If you would like to come and have a chat, please email me to book a 45 minute introductory session. I look forward to speaking with you.