Biography – Beverly Coghlan – ACT/CBT/EMDR
ACT, CBT, EMDR, TRAUMA, ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, PTSD, HEALTH ANXIETY, OCD, SOCIAL ANXIETY, PERSONALITY DISORDER, HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, TRAINING.
On leaving school I trained as a (then) state registered nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. After becoming a ward sister I retrained as a clinical scientist, undertaking a degree in Physiology at University College, London and a masters degree in Biopharmacy at King’s College London. I then spent the next twenty years working in clinical research, both in the pharmaceutical industry and in academia. Ten years ago I read for another master’s degree at Southampton University in Health Psychology. This was a course that seemed to draw together all of my past experience and which sparked an interest in psychotherapy.
The NHS (primary care and secondary care), prisons and latterly the student counselling service at The University of Chichester have all been locations for my clinical work. In all of these different settings I have worked with people who need help overcoming all types of anxiety disorders and depression and also with people with severe and enduring mental health problems.
My main treatment modality is ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) which comes under the umbrella of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I have additional training in EMDR to enhance my work with with people who have experienced trauma.
I currently devote a part of my working week to the national charity Assist Traumacare (http://assisttraumacare.org.uk/ ) and work with people who have been bereaved through a traumatic death.
I have a special interest in working with adolescents and young people and also in people who have long-term physical health problems such as chronic pain, CFS/ME, IBS, fibromyalgia, cancer and heart disease; or who have ongoing medical symptoms for which no cause has yet been found.
My most recent publication arises from a research project on mind-body healing conducted in the Department of Primary Medical Care at Southampton University. http://bmjopen.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/bmjopen-2016-015516?ijkey=flm6vcKDpFmjzPM&keytype=ref
My training sessions for professionals (and aspiring professionals) are popular and well-attended. I regularly lecture final year and masters psychology students at The University of Chichester.
I am accredited as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist with the BABCP and I am bound by its ethical code of conduct.
I am a member of the EMDR Association for UK and Ireland and also the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. I regularly attend courses for continuing professional development and keep abreast of research and developments in my field of interest.