About Your Therapist2019-06-03T11:04:02+00:00

About your therapist Hannah

I’m passionate about helping you to improve your emotional wellbeing. Taking the step to access therapy isn’t easy, particularly for those who have tried to get help before. Click on the buttons below to find out more about me and what I can offer you.

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

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.

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

You can find out more about how therapy helps here.

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.

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.

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

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