I am an accredited cognitive behavioural therapist with particular interest in working alongside people with depression. I am committed to improving access to psychological therapies. I do this through helping people link with accredited therapists. I help people prepare better for therapy so as to reduce premature endings and to maximise early gains. I also work with a very small number of clients in therapy and offer therapy at an affordable price.
My qualifications also include a Diploma in Couselling, I also have the following qualifications:- RGN, RMN, RNLD, MSc, BEd (Hons).
My main area of inteets is mood disorders.
Reading some excellent books at the moment: Puliafico & Robin’s Workbook for Kids with OCD (published by Harbinger in 2017) should prove a great resource for my work with children. It is written for parents and children and so can supplement attendance for therapy, or instead of therapy for those with milder symptoms.
I am also reading Yuval Noah Harari’s book on 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (Penguin, 2018), which is confirming the benefits of mindful meditation and especially helpful in enabling a better perspective at a time when we are bombarded with so much questionable information.
1 Andrew Marr’s Radio 4 (UK) Programme “Start the Week” is always delivers an interesting listen and this weeks was no exception. An interview with author Yuval Noah Hurari who wrote *Sapiens” and made a strong case for the importance of emotional intelligence and mindfulness. Andrew Marr in considering Hurari’s work concluded that mental health was far from just being on the periphery but was now one of the most crucial areas to work in (my words). https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0000m7b
“Start the week” today (8.10.2018) is compelling listening for those interested in personality and its testing and will reward being looked for and listened to.
3 This Radio 4 Programme on the “Anatomy of Loneliness” has its heart in the right place and balances this alongside the stats which makes for a fascinating blend: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06mflm5
1 Excellent workshop organised by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust on #PTSD and children. I am certainly going to buy the book that provided the model covered: “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: CBT with Children and Adolescents” by Smith et al…. despite its date.
1 A piece in the “Conversation” on teaching skills to young people to help them stay mentally well. Couldn’t agree more. As someone now working with children and adolescents, it has confirmed my beliefs that we need to do our best to respond to early signs of poor mental health and equip our young people with the skills to manage low moods and anxiety:
3 Male suicide: My eyes will be on the television programme on BBC2 on Wednesday at 9.30pm …. Suicide is the biggest killer of males under the age of 50.
4 The Essay on Radio 3 is often hit and miss but this one hit all the right notes – its about Iona as a spiritual retreat and sounds just the place to go to escape from a busy world, narrated eloquently by the featured poet: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07vwmtx
1 Okay college has just broken up, but some students will be focused on how they will cope with a new college environment or maybe want to feel better next term. A great website is students against depression, full of useful exercises and ideas: https://www.studentsagainstdepression.org/
Now I am working in a Child and Adolescent Service I am drawn, more than ever, to aspects of prevention of mental health illness.
Perhaps, more than any other area, child and adolescent mental health should be protected and resourced with a special focus on prevention. To do so makes sense. The more we can prevent mental ill health developing the less likely are we to create life long suffering and dependence on much stretched services.
4 Ed Watkins (2016) book on rumination-focused cognitive behavioural therapy is a gift that keeps on giving, I keep on reading and getting little nuggets of advice from it regardless of whether I am practicing it in pure form.
4 Exercise prevents depression across the age groups: Harvey et al (2017) Exercise Prevents Depression, but not Anxiety: Results of the HUNT Cohort Study The American Journal of Psychiatry DOI: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2017.16111223