I am a fully accredited member of The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). I have also completed an Undergraduate degree in Psychology accredited by the British Psychologist Society (BPS).
I have worked in many different areas of Health Care over the last 13 years, and I currently work for the NHS delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) within a Primary Care setting. I have extensive clinical experience treating a variety of commonly diagnosed psychological problems, and I also have experience delivering clinical supervision to both accredited and trainee CBT therapists.
As a dedicated CBT therapist I pride myself in providing clients with a supportive therapeutic space from which they can explore and overcome their difficulties. As the therapy process can be a challenging yet extremely rewarding journey, I aim to ensure the therapy offered is centred around the needs of the client. Emphasis is placed upon encouraging the client to work collaboratively during the therapy progress in order to devise a tailored treatment plan specific to their needs in order to help achieve their desired outcome.
MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (2017)
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (2014)
BSc (Hons) Psychology (2010)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Donna Cooper
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What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) explores your experience of a psychological problem, whilst enabling you to develop coping strategies in order to reduce the associated emotional distress.
Delivered as a talking therapy, CBT works on challenging the way you think (cognitions) and changing problematic behaviours in order to provide you with a sense of control over your emotional distress associated with a specific problem. CBT offers a supportive environment during which you will work collaboratively with the therapist to achieve your individual goals, and enhance your sense of emotional and mental wellbeing.
CBT has a scientific underpinning providing evidence to demonstrate the efficiency of its application towards alleviating symptoms associated with a wide range of psychological problems. Research evidencing the effectiveness of CBT is widely available, offering evidence to support its application when treating a wide range of problems, including: Anxiety, Panic, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Sleep Problems, Depression, Eating Problems, Phobias and Post Traumatic Stress.
What to expect?
Duration: Typically, CBT sessions will last 50 minutes, however in some cases an extended session may be required. This would be discussed and agreed in advance.
Initial Assessment: During this stage your understanding of your current difficulties will be explored, with attention paid to the onset, development and maintenance of the problem and its associated emotional distress. If CBT is deemed appropriate the number and frequency of sessions will be discussed.
Treatment: You will be encouraged to set some treatment goals in order to help identify the specific techniques that will be used throughout your individualised treatment plan. During each treatment session you will learn a range of specific strategies that target the symptoms associated with your presenting problem.
Relapse prevention: Relapse prevention is a way of preventing or minimising the impact of a setback. When you feel you have made significant improvements, a maintaining progress plan will be discussed in order to enhance your ability to maintain progress independently in the future.