Hi, I’m Jamie, and I am a registered Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with the BABCP.
Can you tell me a bit about your background?
It is often spoken about how common mental health difficulties are for so many of us at some point in our life time – this was something I was also confronted with like so many from a young age with members of my family experiencing their own difficulties, which seemingly sparked a curiosity. This experience eventually led for me to undertake a BSc and MSc in Psychology. Following this, I have spent a large portion of the past 7 years working in a variety of adult primary care mental health services helping individuals to begin to understand and challenge their emotional difficulties. Within this setting I have gone on to complete further training within Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (PG Diploma).
I have experience working with a wide range of mental health difficulties, for example, depression, social anxiety, OCD, illness anxiety, panic, generalised anxiety, agoraphobia, PTSD, vomit phobia amongst others.
What will it be like to meet you?
I believe a strong therapeutic and collaborative relationship is a critical component when even entertaining the idea of confronting emotions and difficulties that can seem impossible to overcome or scary to do so. Any therapeutic intervention is unlikely to be of use or benefit if this falls by the way side, therefore, I provide a safe and secure environment by using a non-judgemental, compassionate and empathetic approach.
What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)?
CBT is a specific form of psychotherapy which understands our distress in terms of how we think (interpretation/perception), how this impacts on how we feel and what we do (behaviour). The cause of a particular emotional problem developing can often be different to what currently maintains the difficulty; therefore, we begin by mapping out patterns of thinking and behaving which may be unintentionally keeping the problem going. CBT is centred on bringing about emotional change, providing you new ways of understanding and challenging the problem during our work and even independently afterwards.
What do I enjoy to do outside of psychology?
I have a keen interest in a variety of sports, football and golf being the two I would say I am most passionate about, joining a golf club for the first time a couple of years ago. I really value close family and friends, ensuring I keep in contact and meet up with those around me as much as possible. My partner and I also brought a cockerpoo into the family during the first lockdown, and I would have to say it’s one of the best decisions we have made. She definitely keeps us active, and ensures we get our daily dosage of fresh air.