I'm Jennie, a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, also known as a CBT Therapist, from Buckinghamshire, UK. I'm the owner of Chiltern Talking Therapies.
I have completed a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Masters course (2 years) and am accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cogitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
Any therapist would be happy to show copies of their certificates - as I will be! You can also check on the BABCP website - https://www.cbtregisteruk.com/
I currently work within an NHS IAPT service as a CBT Therapist. Prior to becoming a CBT Therapist, I worked with offenders in the community and in Prisons, in a variety of different roles. I have completed Psychology and Criminal Behaviour / Criminal Law degrees also.
I like to think that I am compassionate and non-judgemental. I have piercings and tattoos and I ride motorbikes! For years I have worked with individuals within the Criminal Justice System and with individuals who use substances to cope with life. I hope to make you feel welcome and comfortable throughout our sessions.
I am collaborative, which means that I will not be telling you what to do - I am not a teacher! We will both be equal participants in your therapy. We will combine my knowledge of mental health and CBT, with your knowledge of your situation and symptoms.
I have a clean Disclosure and Barring Service (criminal record) check and would be happy to share any of my certificates with you - please do ask.
And why Chiltern Talking Therapies you ask? I grew up in the Chiltern hills!
I look forward to hearing from you :-)
ABOUT THE THERAPY SPACE
We offer some face to face sessions from a wonderful space located on the High Street in Berkhamsted, Herts.
The room is large, with comfy chairs and big windows.
The space is owned by a social inclusion charity and features a café and exhibition space, as well as a large studio used for yoga and other activities.
CBT FOR AUTISTIC SPECTRUM DISORDERS
A short (one day) course in my NHS day job focussing on how to adapt CBT for clients with Autism.
LONG TERM CONDITIONS COURSE
Currently studing at Exeter University. Learning how to adapt CBT for individuals with long term health conditions such as diabetes, respiratory issues or pain.
DBT INTRODUCTION COURSE
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is a type of talking therapy which stems from CBT. It can be helpful to use with people who struggle with managing strong emotions. DBT has a strong emphasis on acceptance of your current situation and trying to see how things which seem opposite, can often both be true. I will be completing my full training and qualifying as a DBT Therapist.
MI is an evidence based approach to behaviour change. It can be helpful to guide individuals toward their goals by exploring their own reasons to change and empowering them to achieve them.
CBT MASTERS COURSE
Instead of completing a Postgraduate Diploma, I completed the full Masters programme including a dissertation. The course is a two year course, accredited by the BABCP. In order to join this course, I had to prove that I had the knowledge, skills and attitudes to attend the course. Whilst on the course, I had to complete a minimum of 200 hours of therapy with clients and 450 hours of study, with intensive supervision and assessment.
PSYCHOSIS TRAINING COURSE
Psychosis is when you may experience hallucinations (hearing or seeing things) or you may have beliefs which are out of touch with reality.
NHS TRAINING COURSES
Health and safety, information governance, personal protection, risk management, suicide and self-harm, safeguarding children and adults, emergency life support, fire safety, infection control, manual handling, equality and diversity, PREVENT, dementia awareness, mental capacity act, smoking sessation adviser, clinical record keeping, medicines in mental health, quality improvement.
PSYCHOLOGY AND CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR DEGREE
Undergraduate degree including dissertation. Focussed on Forensic Psychology.
PSYCHOLOGY AND CRIME DEGREE
Foundation degree, again based on Forensic Psychology.