CBT Therapist & Counsellor
■ panic attacks
■ work related stress
■ social phobia
■ obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
■ grief and loss
■ chronic pain
■ bipolar disorder
■ post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
■ sleep disorders
■ problem solving and goal setting
Approaches and MethodsMy primary focus is to use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) which has been practised widely for more than 30 years. It has been researched extensively, and has demonstrated effectiveness with many common problems.
However, I do not believe that one treatment model can resolve all issues. Where CBTs strategic, goal focused intervention is less effective, I will use a range of other counselling methods and strategies.
About Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)CBT is a relatively short term, focused approach to the treatment of many types of emotional, behavioural, and psychiatric problems.
The application of CBT varies according to the problem being addressed, but is essentially a collaborative and individualised programme that helps people to identify unhelpful thoughts and behaviours and learn or relearn healthier skills and habits.
CBT is Strategic and PracticalCBT is particularly useful as a practical method of treatment for a specific problem rather than just “wanting to understand yourself better”. To be successful, you must be willing to be actively involved in the therapy process and practice skills between sessions
Supplementing CBTThere are other therapy models that I use to complement CBT, increasing its effectiveness:
Mindfulness provides a way to calm the mind and can help with such things as anxiety, stress, and coping with physical pain.
Active Commitment Therapy (ACT) focussed on finding ways to accept problems to limit their impact
What to Expect in TherapyTherapy involves the client and the therapist working together through a series of sessions. Sessions are usually weekly/fortnightly or monthly depending on issue’s. The number of sessions required will depend on the nature and severity of your problem. Typically, significant progress can be made in 6-10 sessions.
At the end of treatment we will establish methods for you to maintain your improvement thought the long term.
TreatmentTreatment is individually tailored to you and your problem. We will develop a joint understanding of your problems and how they affect your behaviour, thoughts and feelings on a daily basis. Based on this understanding we will work together to develop goals and agree a treatment plan.
The focus of the treatment is to enable you to cope better with your situation and generate solutions to your own problems that have a long term effect. You will see greater improvement the more you can use the time between therapy.
Note: I currently have some availability for daytime appointments.
M. 027 539 7426
About Bea■ Bachelor of Counselling
■ Post Graduate Cert in Health Science (CBT)
■ Member NZ Association of Counsellors (MNZAC)
My experience as a professional therapist covers 10 years in private practice. I have also worked in community agencies where I helped people with chronic illnesses and physical disabilities. My interest in the issues surrounding grief and loss, led me to being one of the founders of a Peaceful Passing project, supporting people through the dying process. I also draw on 20 years of personal experience with mindfulness practice.
Prior to becoming a therapist I worked in the business and accountancy environment. That experience means I have a good insight into the daily pressures of working in business world which helps me understand the reality of my clients' lives.
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