I am a qualified, fully accredited, BABCP accredited Cognitive Psychotherapist.
So what does this actually mean? It means that all qualified cognitive pyschotherapists have undergone initial training, for me, that is mental health nursing, and then going on to do specialist training in cognitive therapy. I did my specialist training in cognitive therapy at the Institute of Psychiatry that is part of Kings College University in London. After passing the course and some time undertaking supervised pratice the next step is accreditation with the British Association for Behavarioual and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). This is considered the gold standard for a cognitive psychotherapist. I have now obtained my full accreditation with the BABCP.
I have been working as a qualified mental health nurse since 2008 and completed my cognitive psychotherapy training in 2014. I have allowed my NMC nursing registration to lapse this year (2017) as I am now practicing solely as a Cognitive Psychotherapist. During my career, to date, I have worked across the age span from 7 to 81 years of age! I have worked in all kinds of settings including inpatient units and community services in both the NHS and the private sector. I have worked with people from all walks of life and also worked in learning disabilities including with people on the autistic spectrum and with ADHD.
During my nursing career I gained experience of working with adults with severe and enduring mental health illness including psychosis, depression and anxiety disorders (such as OCD, panic and so on). I worked on in-patient units including acute wards and psychiatric intensive care. I also worked in various community settings such as assertive outreach teams, addictions and rehab. I have worked in IAPT (NHS Improving Access to Pscyhological Therapies) in primary care (referrals from GPs) more recently delivering CBT to patients experiencing mild to moderate depression and anxiety disorders).
I have worked in various NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) both as a mental health nurse and CBT Therapist for a period of around 6 years. I have gained extensive experience of working with young people from 6-18 years during this time experiencing severe and enduring mental health problems to milder depression and anxiety disorders.
To tell you a bit about my hypnotherapy training. I trained with Corinna Elsey. Corinna has been registered with the General Hypnotherapy Register for over 6 years (at time of my training in 2012) and has been practicing for
over 10 years in advanced Regression Hypnotherapy. I have a diploma in clinical hypnotherapy that is validated
by the General Hypnotherapy Council in Advanced Regression Hypnotherapy, Past Life Regression Hypnotherapy, Suggestion Hypnotherapy and Stop Smoking (the latter in one session).
I obtained a BSc (Hons) mental health nursing degree from Kings College in London in 2008. I have completed a post graduate diploma in CBT at the Institute of Psychiatry in London which is part of Kings College. I am registered with the NMC (pin number 08H0458E). I also obtained a post graduate certificate in systemic therapy with the Institute of family therapy. I am accreditated with the BABCP. During my career I have also undertaken training in solution focussed therapy, therapy with children and adolescents, mentalisation and attachment therapy. I am constantly updating my skills and knowledge base.
I currently work in my own, established private practice for 3 days a week.
I am fully supervised, DBS (enhanced) checked and insured and am happy to produce any of my qualifications on request.
My private practice is based in Portmahomack, with additional clinics in Dornoch and Alness. Appointments are strictly by prior arrangement. I am very happy for you to contact me with any questions that you may have. I can be contacted via phone, email or skype (by arrangement).