Welcome! I’m Ben. An experienced and professional Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, registered and accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
Life can often leave us feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and lost. Equally, persistent diﬃcult thoughts and feelings can often get in the way of us moving towards doing what matters most to us in our lives.
Emotional diﬃculties and ﬂuctuating mental health can aﬀect us all. Over the last 10 years I have worked with adults from many diﬀerent backgrounds. Together, each client and I have used Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help them understand their diﬃculties and take action, moving them towards their goals and a better quality of life.
Therapy can help. It provides a safe and supportive environment that cultivates personal growth and development. Therapy is an investment; an investment into yourself.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has been proven to help address a variety of issues. CBT is a scientiﬁcally developed treatment with a strong evidence base.
In my experience I have found that CBT and ACT can be most helpful when a client and I work together to:
- Recognise current situations which trigger diﬃcult thoughts, feelings and reactive behaviour
- Understand what is stopping a client from being able to move forward
- Learn helpful ways to react to diﬃcult thoughts and feelings
- Learn ways to react diﬀerently to trigger situations
- Identify clear goals
- Move towards goals and a better quality of life and wellbeing.
I specialise in supporting people to use CBT and ACT to address the following common problems:
- Persistent depressed/low mood, a lack of motivation and interest in activities previously enjoyed. Low energy, sleep diﬃculties and negative thoughts and beliefs about self and the future
- Persistent worry; when we ﬁnd our selves worrying about anything and everything
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD can take many forms but the most common examples include; problems with intrusive thoughts and images, checking, contamination, mental contamination, cleaning, repetition, order/symmetry and doubt
- Negative body image
- Low Self Esteem
- Anxiety in social situations
- Panic attacks; where physical sensations are experienced that feel so intense we believe something terrible is going to happen to us
- Post traumatic stress; where we can ﬁnd ourselves experiencing nightmares, intrusive memories and ﬂashbacks of a traumatic event. This can all leave us feeling a strong sense of threat long after the traumatic event.
- When a string of life events have resulted in a loss of life direction or loss of connection from our life goals and our values
- Where we recognise that thoughts and emotions are getting in the way of us being able to do something that we know would improve our quality of life or move us closer to our life goals.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and/or would like to arrange a brief, informal discussion about the service I provide. For more information, to make an enquiry or to book an appointment, please contact the team at Wellbeing at The Wishing Well.
Qualiﬁcations and Experience
BABCP registered and accredited professional
PGDip in Cognitive Behaviour Therapies
PGCert in Primary Mental Health Care
BSc (Hons) in Psychology
Regular engagement in continuing professional development (CPD)
Enhanced DBS clearance and professional indemnity insurance
10 years clinical experience working with clients both individually and in groups; predominantly through a variety of settings in the National Health Service and emerging private practice. Experience as a clinical supervisor. Experience developing psychological therapy groups and psycho-educational courses. Experience in clinical research.
Publications & Research
Masterson, C., Ekers, D., Gilbody, S., Richards, D., Toner-Clewes, B., & D. McMillan. 2014. Sudden gains in behavioural activation for depression. Behaviour Research and Therapy 60: 34-38.
For further details of my registered and accredited status, please see the BABCP website.