Finding an appropriately trained and qualified psychotherapist/counsellor can be a minefield, but luckily, I’m here to assist. In fact, I have the qualifications that you’re looking for! With a vast range of experience in this discipline. If you’re struggling with mental health, as many people are, give me a call to discuss my tailored solutions.
The easiest way to verify a practitioner is to ask about their accreditations or certifications. The attendance of training courses does not always result in future accreditations/certifications, which means the practitioner has not met the full criteria for delivering cognitive behavioural therapy/schema therapy etc.
Evidence for my training and qualifications is available, so you know that my services are authentic. I trained in Therapeutic Counselling with CBT pathway in Newport University (renamed to the University of South Wales). To achieve a status of an Accredited Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapist, I had to work under a close supervision of a more experienced CBT therapist for two more years. I also had to demonstrate that I adhered to CBT treatment models. I then continued with further training by attending additional workshops and conferences.
To remain an accredited CBT therapist, I must have monthly supervisions, and I continue to attend further workshops in the field of cognitive science.http://www.cbtregisteruk.com/Default.aspx
The information below is taken from the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies.
What is CBT?
CBT, or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, is a talking therapy that has been proven to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people, and children. CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn, our actions can affect how we think and feel. The way our body feels is linked to our emotions and our thoughts.
The therapist and client work together in noticing whether any thoughts or behaviours are unhelpful for the client, and thinking about whether these could be changed.
There is a great deal of research evidence to show that CBT works effectively in treating depression. This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
NICE provides independent, evidence-based guidance for the NHS on the most effective ways to treat disease and ill health. CBT is recommended by NICE for the treatment of anxiety disorders.
NICE recommends CBT in the treatment of the following conditions:
There is also good evidence that CBT is helpful in treating many other conditions, including:
CBT can be used if you are on medication which has been prescribed by your GP. You can also use CBT on its own. This will depend on the difficulty you want help with.
CBT can be offered in individual sessions with a therapist or as part of a group. The number of CBT sessions you need depends on the difficulty you need help with. Often, this will be between five and 20 weekly sessions lasting between 30 and 60 minutes each. CBT is mainly concerned with how you think and act now, instead of looking at and getting help with difficulties in your past.
You and your therapist will discuss your specific difficulties and set goals for you to achieve. CBT is not a quick fix. It involves hard work during and between sessions. Your therapist will not tell you what to do. Instead, they will help you decide what difficulties you want to work on in order to help you improve your situation. Your therapist will be able to advise you on how to continue using CBT techniques in your daily life after your treatment ends.
CBT is available in a wide range of settings, as well as hospitals or clinics. It is sometimes provided in the form of written or computer-based packages. This may be combined with flexible telephone or face-to-face appointments to check progress and help overcome any barriers to putting into practice what you have learned. This way of delivering CBT has made it more accessible to people with busy lives and has also reduced delays in getting help.
CBT-based self-help books are available. There are also websites providing information on CBT techniques which are free to access. Evidence does show that using them works better with support from a therapist, especially for low mood.
CBT is now widely available on the NHS for the treatment of depression. If you feel that CBT may be helpful, then you should first discuss it with your GP. Private therapists are also available. Before starting CBT, it is recommended that you check that your therapist is accredited by BABCP. You can find details of BABCP accredited cognitive therapists at CBT Register. Please check my name on the register.
Please click here to download a comprehensive guide to CBT.