I have been in full-time private practice as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and Hypnotherapist for over fifteen years in north east Surrey. In this time I have built a reputation amongst other healthcare professionals and clients as a reliable and skilled therapist. I am known for being passionate about providing the best quality therapy to people who need help and support in overcoming a range of emotional problems, in a safe, friendly and professional environment.
My training in hypnotherapy and psychotherapy began at the Brook Hospital in London in the early 1990s, where I gained a post-graduate diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy. I went on to study for an advanced diploma in counselling, and then undertook a Masters Degree (MSc) in cognitive behaviour therapy from Goldsmiths University of London.
Before training as a therapist I worked for a number of years in the Architectural Design Industry (my first degree was Industrial Design), so I have first hand experience of living and working in the ‘real world’ and can fully understand and empathise with clients’ difficulties with the pressures of modern life.
Having spent time working as a CBT therapist in the NHS for Richmond and Twickenham Primary Care Trust, and at the Priory Hospital Roehampton, I now run my own practice, CBT Surrey, treating clients at my clinic in Esher, Surrey. The majority of my week is spent as a high-intensity CBT therapist in central London where I work on a freelance basis with Roodlane Medical Ltd.
I am a fully accredited CBT therapist with the BABCP (the governing organisation of Cognitive Behavioural therapists), and a UKCP accredited Hypno-Psychotherapist. I am also a member of the hypnosis register BSCAH which is open only to doctors and psychologists.
As with all members of the BABCP and UKCP I am committed to ongoing supervision and to the continued development of my clinical skills and knowledge through Continuing Professional Development programmes. Such training has included OCD and panic at the Institute of Psychiatry in London and Post Traumatic Stress at Oxford University.
I have specialist skills in treating depression, anxiety, OCD, panic, insomnia, phobias and low self-esteem, and have conducted and published research into using a brief form of CBT for treating Panic Disorder. I also have a particular interest in helping people manage Irritable Bowel Syndrome.