About your therapist and future therapy

Hannah Paskin

Qualified and Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

My clients come to me because:

  • I offer a mix of warmth, compassion, straight-talking and humour
  • I explain things in a way you can understand and remember
  • I am experienced in helping those with longstanding/complex symptoms
  • I help you to make lifelong changes

My aim

When I had my training, I was told my job is to make myself redundant – to teach a client what they need to continue without me – and that has continued to be my approach. I believe in helping you to understand your symptoms better, to learn what things help and hinder your emotional wellbeing, and recognise what changes are needed to maintain progress long-term.

Hannah Paskin with yellow scarf
Hannah Paskin

My approach

I believe that my role first and foremost is to help you to find a new way forward. I am full of compassion and care for each of my clients, but I also highly value straight-talking and honesty. After all you aren’t paying me to sit and listen and be nice, you’re paying me to help you make big changes.

I don’t believe in therapy being formal, I don’t believe in lots of jargon or lots of complicated worksheets. I will explain things in a way that you can understand, and most importantly remember. I use lots of analogies, metaphors and images – allowing you to understand all the important theories in achieving and maintaining emotional wellness and resilience.

Therapy is hard work of course, but so many of my clients tell me how they look forward to our sessions, something I’m very proud of.

What I treat

I specialise in helping people who have had symptoms long-term and complex symptoms, and those who have had previously unsuccessful therapy.

In particular I do a lot of work with low self-esteem; I can help you to discover how to be confident.

Behind lack of confidence can be lots of symptoms that I work on, for example:

  • Depression
  • Panic
  • Worry
  • Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Stress
  • Anger
  • Trauma

My experience and qualifications

I have been working in mental health therapy for 10 years. Psychotherapy is actually my second career, the first time at university I studied classical music.

I began in this field as a volunteer, I have completed 2 post graduate degrees, I spent a number of years leading NHS provided services as a manager, and most recently I have moved into full time private practice.

I am a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist fully accredited with BABCP (British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists). To achieve and maintain this accreditation, I completed a post graduate degree in CBT (University of Cumbria, 2013), I continue to undertake additional training every year to improve my skills, and my clinical work is regularly supervised by another accredited therapist.

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

About your Therapy

There are lots of different types of therapy out there, and lots of different titles like counsellor, psychotherapist, psychologist etc. It can all be very confusing for the average person to know what will help them. Please do get in touch to discuss further, and if I can’t help, I’ll point you in the right direction.

I am a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. CBT has been well researched and therefore treatment approaches that are used are ones that have already been proven to be effective. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) endorses the use of CBT for a range of disorders.

The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) have provided the following information about CBT: http://www.babcp.com/Public/What-is-CBT.aspx


What is CBT?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a talking therapy that focuses heavily on providing education and teaching coping strategies.

Most sessions will be spent looking at how your cognitions (your thoughts), your behaviours (your actions) and your emotions are connected in the present. I will help you gain insight into why you think and act like you do, and learning new ways of responding in future.

Although CBT is mainly about right now and moving forwards, we will at times look to the past to help us make sense of things, but always with the focus of how to move forwards.

Can CBT help me?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can benefit a large range of emotional difficulties. As a qualified CBT practitioner, I am able to provide treatment for all these symptoms, although I do have a special interest in low self-esteem.

Disorders including

  • Depression
  • Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) (excessive worrying)
  • Agoraphobia (the fear of being unable to escape/busy places)
  • Social Phobia (anxiety linked with social interactions)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Health Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Specific Phobias (e.g. driving, heights, confined spaces, animals etc)
  • Bipolar

Other emotional difficulties including

  • Low self-esteem
  • Anger
  • Stress
  • Poor sleep
  • Chronic pain or fatigue

What can I expect from therapy?

There may be lots of questions you have about therapy and how it works. The best thing to do is get in touch so I can give you answers specific to you and your symptoms.

For some basic information:

  • Therapy sessions last 1 hour in duration
  • The first session will be an assessment
  • The number of treatment sessions can vary from 6 – 20
  • Sessions typically begin weekly and then reduce in frequency once progress starts to be achieved


There are testimonials provided by current and previous clients:

"With her I feel that I can be completely open and that I am given absolute freedom to express myself knowing that I will not be judged in any way whatsoever."

"You got straight to the point. Very practical and realistic solutions"

"Friendly. Practical solutions suggested"

"Very understanding. Helps me to see things from a different perspective"

"She has an amazing gift of being able to unravel complex and faulty thought processes and to make sense of them. As my problems are complex and diverse it is extremely helpful to know that here is someone who is not fazed by whatever is thrown at her."

100% of clients said they would recommend the service to others.

100% of clients said they thought the service was good value for money.