Additional qualifications: ITEC massage, Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma (HPD), Master Prac. NLP. CNHC registered.
I am a woman in my 50’s and have had a lifelong involvement in psychological therapies, mental health work and social care. I worked for 25 years a Mental Health Social Worker in South London, working in hospital, residential and community based services. During this time I self funded and undertook training courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Holistic Massage, Cognitive Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). I left Social Work to train in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in 2009 at Surrey University, within the IAPT programme.
In addition to my private work I continue to work as a CBT psychotherapist part time within NHS. I am a fully accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies and am registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council.
I have always been more interested in human beings and what makes us tick than in any other subject I can think of! I do my best to keep learning and developing my skills and I aim to work with care, respect, warmth and humour. I believe in working very collaboratively, helping you be clear about your goals for treatment and ensuring we regularly review whether therapy is helping to achieve them. I aim to help you achieve your goals in the minimum number of sessions. To this end I will recommend activities that you can do between sessions to speed up your progress, such as reading psycho educational materials, doing relaxation exercises, attempting new behaviours etc.
My previous training courses, work and life experiences have informed and enriched my practice as a Therapist and- whilst I work within the CBT model- I am flexible and integrative in my approach, tailoring the therapy approach to the needs of each person to the best of my ability.
I have particular interest in ‘3rd wave’ CBT, which includes approaches such as mindfulness, compassion focused therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).
I am always happy to have an in-depth phone discussion with prospective clients to give more information about my approach and to answer any questions.
If your initial assessment appointment indicates that this treatment is not suitable or that I may not be the best therapist for your specific problem, or if you simply decide not to proceed with treatment – I will not charge for this assessment session.
For more information and an informal discussion about whether this treatment could help you, please contact Julie Gibbs on: Clinic: 01932 888 663. Mobile: 07941 811780.