Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapy (CBT) and EMDR Therapy in Leatherhead and Cobham, Surrey
I am an accredited Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapist (CBT) and an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner. Over the course of fifteen years from 1998, as a Registered Mental Health Nurse and later as a CBT Therapist, I worked in a variety of mental health settings within the NHS in therapist roles. These included a number of community mental health teams, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre, and an eating disorders service. In addition to running a successful private practice in Cobham at Optima Health and Leatherhead at the Leatherhead Institute, I hold an Associate Tutor post with the University of Surrey where I teach and supervise the practice of trainee CBT practitioners.
In 2006, I completed my Cognitive Behaviour Therapy training at Goldsmiths College, University of London, obtaining a Masters degree. I have been a fully accredited therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and the Association for Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (AREBT) since 2007. I became an accredited EMDR practitioner with the EMDR Association (EMDR Association) in 2018.
What conditions do I treat?
I specialise in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, including panic attacks, generalised anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), social anxiety, health anxiety (hypochondriasis), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bulimia nervosa, phobias and stress.
What geographical area do I cover?
COVID-19 Pandemic (Updated 21/12/21)
I was already offering some therapy sessions remotely via a video call prior to March 2020 but the start of the Covid-19 pandemic meant video calls became the norm for many people. The patients I have treated with CBT or EMDR via a video call during this time have found treatment provided in this way has worked surprisingly well for them, and I have not observed any difference in treatment outcomes. It also ensures regular sessions can continue to take place as it isn't affected by lockdown restrictions or the need to self-isolate for whatever reason.
Due to the escalating Covid-19 situation of recent weeks because of the Omicron variant, I am only offering session via a video call for the time being.
For my consultations via a video call, my preference is to use a secure, encrypted, passcode protected telemedicine service. This is incredibly easy to use as it is accessed directly from an up to date Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser. There is nothing for you to download.
I understand video calls do not suit everyone and for this reason, I hope to return to offering some face to face appointments at some stage in 2022. I will update this webpage when I return to offering face to face appointments.
Both Leatherhead and Cobham are within a short drive of Cheam, Banstead, Sutton, Esher, Surbiton, New Malden, Worcester Park, Ashtead, Epsom, Ewell, Coulsdon, Croydon, Guildford, Stoke D'Abernon, Bookham, Oxshott, Weybridge, East and West Horsley, Byfleet, and Reigate.