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15/06/2020.

Due to the easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, I am now able to offer therapy sessions in person to those who wish to attend. I understand the anxiety felt by some and so sessions conducted online (using Zoom/Skype/Facetime) or by telephone, will still be available. Actworks Ltd has taken all reasonable precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as follows:

  • Everyone entering the building undertakes that they are not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, nor have they been in contact with anyone who has. COVID-19 symptoms are: 1.) High temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back. 2.) New, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough it may be worse than usual). 3.)Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
  • Hand sanitiser is provided and everyone entering the building must use it before coming upstairs. Hand washing facilities are available in the loo.
  • Face masks are provided at the entrance but their use is voluntary.
  • The waiting room is not in use and the outside door will remain locked. Clients will be let in at the allotted time. 
  • Appointment times in the therapy rooms have been staggered to minimise the chances of bumping into other people.
  • High touch areas are cleaned on a regular basis: at the start and end of the day and after each client.
  • 2m distance has been measured and tape has been placed on the floor in each of the rooms. Chairs should be kept behind these lines during the therapy session.
  • There are Dyson HEPA air filters/coolers in each therapy room. These are switched on half an hour before clients enter and left running as long as there are clients in the rooms.

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 Many front line doctors, nurses and paramedics are having to deal with things that they are not prepared for. I volunteer my time to The Trauma Response Network (TRN) and Frontline 19. These charities have been mobilised to help frontline workers. By visiting the website  https://www.traumaresponsenetwork.org/turn-to-us  or https://www.frontline19.com/ any frontline worker can access free EMDR and therapy sessions to minimise their distress and maximise their ability to cope. 

Please contact me here

For further information from the government you can click here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public.


Finding A Solution That’s Right For You

The chances are that you will have arrived at this webpage because you think that you, or someone close to you is stuck and needs help. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an umbrella term for several different evidence-based psychotherapies. This means that the techniques have been shown in clinical trials to be beneficial to many people experiencing a wide range of emotional difficulties. You do not need a GP referral to make an appointment.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

I offer psychotherapy in a form of CBT called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In ACT (said as “act” not as individual letters) we make the assumption that pain and suffering are a normal and unavoidable part of human experience.  Because we naturally try to avoid pain and suffering we unwittingly set up unhelpful thought and behaviour patterns that actually lead to more long term suffering. ACT differs from traditional CBT by teaching people how to accept the thoughts and feelings that are out of their personal control and commit to action that improves and enriches their lives.

Additionally I practice traditional CBT. This focuses on the inter-relationship between our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It works to challenge unhelpful ways of thinking and to switch unhelpful behaviour into more helpful ways.

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