Conditions I treat
Worry (Generalised Anxiety disorder), Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Menopause mood changes, Low self-esteem, Perinatal Distress, Postnatal and Antenatal depression, anxiety or distress, Fear of Birth, Birth trauma , Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Phobias, Sleep problems, Addictions, Stress, Body Image problems, blood injury needle phobia, Hoarding, Couples/ marriage relationship difficulties, Adjustment difficulties, Long term Physical health problems, Panic, Health anxiety, Skin picking/hair pulling
A Happier, Healthier You
The main Therapeutic model I use is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. (CBT)
CBT is one of the most researched therapies in the treatment of mental health conditions, which means the model that it follows for various conditions has been well validated to support its use.
It works by understanding how our thoughts, behaviours, and feelings interact to maintain a problem and possibly prevent you from meeting your goals. CBT is a short-term therapy the recommended length of sessions are 8-12 sessions. For more complex difficulties including depression 20 sessions are usually needed, however this will depend on your needs.
I am a Fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. I have qualifications in CBT from The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) Kings College London. I trained at the Center of Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (CADAT) which is a leader in research, training and the clinical treatment of anxiety in the UK, and continue to have affiliation with them as part of my NHS Service.
Tailored Perinatal Therapy
Specialist help at this vulnerable time
Unfortunately, as many as one in four women will experience mental health difficulties during pregnancy and up to 2 years after they give birth.
Perinatal distress affects both women and men and can take various forms, such as adjusting to pregnancy, fear of giving birth to the new demands of parenting for the 1st, 2nd or 3rd time. Pre-existing conditions, such as trauma, anxiety or depression can also re-emerge or become more problematic at this time, this may make us more susceptible to developing further difficulties at this important time in life.
I am very passionate about this area of health care as a lot of our difficulties stem from how we are parented in the early years. It is important then that we place our attention on our well-being so that we are able to give our children the best start in life.
I offer a bespoke Perinatal service by working closely with Dr Karen Joash who is a leading London Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology who is renowned for providing world-class services to women suffering from a number of conditions. She provides a comprehensive range of treatments including maternal medicine, and perinatal mental health. We can liaise on all aspects of your care and can provide joint sessions if necessary.
Babies under 1 are welcome in treatment sessions. I am also able to do home visits in the first few weeks after birth. Treatment is Tailored to take into account childcare needs.
Behavioural Couples Therapy
Reducing relationship distress
Behavioural couples therapy is an innovative treatment for couples which aims to reduce couple distress and improve the relationship. It is an evidence-based psychological treatment that has acquired a significant amount of empirical support for the benefits it provides,
A key component of this therapy is to focus on improving your communication difficulties within the relationship. This therapy sees you, the couple, as one client and does not attempt to provide individual therapy for one specific person within your relationship.
BCT will aim to specifically improve the overall quality of your relationship; as poor relationship quality has proven to be a precipitating factor in depression and also in the adjustment to parenting.
BCT is offered to couples who are in a committed relationship and living together for at least 2 years.
Sessions follow a model which focusses on how you relate to each other, the relational aspects of depression; relieving stress and improving communication, managing feelings, and changing behaviour, solving problems, promoting acceptance, and revising perceptions.
BCT is not recommended for relationships where there is domestic abuse which includes controlling and/or threatening behaviour. If you are concerned this might be happening in your relationship please contact;
ADVANCE on 020 8741 7008
The National Domestic Violence Hotline 0808 2000 247;
Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Victim Support 0808 1689 111