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I developed Creative Tailored Therapy, after much demand for CBT for young people and adults. My experience is predominantly within the NHS. I work as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, within a Mental Health team for children and adolescents and within an adult Primary care service treating Depression and anxiety disorders as an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.
My independent practice evolved due to the huge demand and pressure that the NHS has been under recently. Unfortunately sometimes this meant that they could not meet the needs of some of the people who could really benefit from CBT, counselling and Therapy, this was due to not meeting the high thresholds for gaining access to services in the NHS. I believe really strongly in early intervention and teaching people how to manage their mental health before it reaches crisis point. I do hope one day soon the NHS can go back to how it was and offering more preventative therapeutic work. I still work part time within the NHS and I am a total believer in the ethos of the NHS and all that it can offer. I truly believe all staff are doing their absolute best, they really care about their patients. Staff are often working many more hours than they are actually getting paid for, going without lunch breaks and having amazing bladder control! Even though its very stressful at the moment, I still love working within the NHS and the best bit is the people that I am fortunate enough to help by enabling them to have therapy to install hope, feel happier and ultimately lead a better quality of life.
Qualifications and Experience
I qualified as a Play Therapist in 2002, I always ensure that everyone I work with I treat with unconditional positive regard, empathy and remain genuine. These are Carl Rogers “Core Conditions” to a helping relationship and I have embedded these in my practice ever since.
In 2003 I undertook a pre-registration Diploma in Nursing and specialised in Mental Health. I am registered with the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery council) as a Mental Health Nurse.
I started my first role in the NHS as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in 2007, This is within a Child and Adolescent mental health team, also known as CAMHS. I have gained many valuable skills and experience of working with young people and their families. My experience includes, mental health assessment, parenting interventions, working with child and adult ADHD, eating disorders, conduct disorder, behavioural problems, High risk situations, Depression, anxiety, psychosis, Anxiety, OCD, Low self-esteem and school refusal amongst many others.
I also had a dual role and worked alongside this role as a Nurse Specialist with children with moderate to profound learning disabilities. I attended a 10 week course “The family partnership way of working”. This taught me how important it is to work in partnership with parents, they are the experts in their child’s life, not me! Together we were able to change some of the challenging behaviours by working together on behavioural strategies and reducing some very unwanted behaviours.
In 2014 I studied at Kings college London “Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Young person IAPT Therapy” Cognitive Behavioural Specialism.
I gained BABCP Accreditation in 2015, For further information about CBT please visit the BABCP website at babcp.com.
I started to work with adults for an IAPT NHS service (Improving access to Psychological Therapies). I have really enjoyed this work and found that people get better really very quickly and with substantial effects. For example, One lady was so scared of going out, (Agoraphobia and social anxiety), that she had made a list of the top 10 scariest things to do, stating with the least scary at the number 1, which was walking the dog in the field, where she felt no one would see her. Number 5 was going out for dinner, and number 10 was going into Costa Coffee on her own. Throughout our work together, within 16 sessions she not only managed to go into Costa by herself, but she actually has a job in there and is regularly the shift leader.
I offer a bespoke service, I ensure that I provide all my clients with a folder where they collect all the work we do together which becomes a fantastic resource for future use, therefore, you can reflect on what you have learnt and use this to remind yourself on how to become your own therapist and use the techniques you have already learnt to enable you to successfully manage your own problems.
My main area of expertise and passion is children & families, young people and adolescents, from ages 5-18. I equally enjoy working with adults and couples and have achieved good outcomes working with these varied age groups.
1 in 10 young people are being diagnosed with mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety and self-harm etc. I am fortunate that within my role in the NHS Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) I am able to keep up to date with all the latest treatment techniques, evidence based therapies and training.
I am also lucky enough to work for an adult IAPT CBT service within the NHS one day a week and again feel this enables me to keep developing my skills and keep them up to date. I also completely love this role and really enjoy working with adults , in fact anyone from 5-108.
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