My name is Lindsay and I am the lead CBT therapist at 1st for CBT.
I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with a Masters Degree in CBT (MSc CBT), an Honors Degree in Psychology (BSc Hons), and I am an accredited member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP).
I have previous experience of working within an NHS Primary Care service, and have worked for a private organisation as the lead Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in a special education school for adolescents with a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and associated difficulties. I also offer private consultation with a specialist interest in ASC. Offering adapted CBT for individual with autism, whilst being able to offer a diagnostic assessment for those that do not want to wait for an NHS assessment.
I have extensive experience working within mental health in various settings, both inpatient and outpatient. I have worked in a primary care setting with the NHS, treating disorders such as Depression, Anxiety and Trauma.
My previous experience also includes working with individuals with severe and enduring mental health problems, such as Personality Disorders and Schizophrenia for which I have provided both individual and group therapy. I have worked with children, adolescents, adults and older adults with positive outcomes, enabling these clients to have an improved quality of life.
Alongside a CBT approach to my work, I incorporate a person-centred approach and use elements of Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).
I maintain my professional development by attending workshops, conferences and seminars.
WHAT IS CBT?
CBT is a structured, time limited and goal orientated talking therapy, allowing individuals to see that emotions and behaviours are greatly influenced by our thoughts.
WHAT IS A CBT THERAPIST?
CBT is often described as having a ‘here and now’ focus rather than other therapies which might place more emphasis on early experiences. CBT seeks to understand what might be causing and maintaining a problem.