M.A. Clinical Psychology (Stell.) (1995) (Cum Laude)
Additional Certifications & Accreditations
Brain Working Recursive Therapy BWRT ® level 1
Rational Emotive & Behaviour Therapy ( Primary Practicum)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) – Intensive Certification Course
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Level 1
Solution Focused Brief Therapy Course
British Psychological Society – Statement of Equivalence
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a first-line treatment for many disorders because of its clear research support (including depression, anxiety & stress, low self-esteem & anger) as noted by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s guidelines and the American Psychological Association. CBT is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a practical approach to problem-solving. The goal is to change patterns of thinking that are behind people’s difficulties, and so change the way they feel.
Brain Working Recursive Therapy – BWRT ®
BWRT ® is an effective short-term therapy which is revolutionizing the world of Psychology. It focuses on the interval between the start of an action & conscious awareness. BWRT® has been designed to remove emotive responses from memories that are deeply troubling and create new, adaptive neural pathways that do not have the old undesirable emotional responses attached to it. BWRT® can be used for: anxiety, phobias, grief, depression, traumatic experiences & problems with motivation, procrastination, self-worth etc. http://www.bwrt.org.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy – DBT
A key focus in DBT is to improve clients’ ability to use skillful behaviour when needed, with a particular focus on learning effective Emotion Regulation strategies as well as other coping skills including Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Distress Tolerance. DBT is a specific type of cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy. The theory behind the approach is that some people are prone to react in a more intense way toward certain emotional situations.
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy – SFBT
SFBT is future-focused, goal-directed, and focuses on solutions, rather than on the problems that bring clients to therapy. A hallmark of SFBT is its emphasis on clear, concise, realistic goal negotiations. The SFBT approach assumes that all clients have some knowledge of what would make their life better, even though they may need help describing the details of their better life and that everyone who seeks help already possesses at least the minimal skills necessary to create solutions.
Narrative Therapy separates a person from their problem. Throughout life, personal experiences become personal stories. People give these stories meaning & the stories help shape a person’s identity. The therapist and the client identify and build upon alternative storylines. These preferred storylines provide contrast to the problem, reflect a person’s true nature & allow someone to rewrite their story. In a couple setting, the technique of externalizing problems facilitates positive interaction. It can also make negative communication more accepting and meaningful. .
I endeavor to empower my clients to face life’s challenges with strength & resilience by developing coping skills, rational & healthy thought patterns & solutions focused behavior.
Cancer: The trauma of the diagnosis and subsequent challenges
Adjustment Difficulties following Traumatic/ Upsetting Experiences
Anxiety & Stress: Including Post Traumatic Stress, Panic, Phobias, Generalized Anxiety, OCD
Depression & Bipolar Disorder
Bereavement & Grief
Problems relating to Self Esteem & Identity
Anger Management & Behavioural Problems
Monthly Support Group – Breast Cancer Warriors
Children, Adolescents & Adults