Julie Forrest - Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination."
Life, at times, can be full of difficulties and suffering. We can find ourselves becoming very overwhelmed and lost in the face of these experiences. We can often develop what we believe are coping strategies, which later become unhelpful ways in which we unknowingly keep our problems and suffering going.
At these times it is beneficial to seek help and support from someone who can help you to gain insight into your thoughts, feelings and behaviours and the impact these are having on your wellbeing.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist can help to unlock these patterns of feeling, thinking and behaving that keep us locked into our suffering and problems.
I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with a gentle and compassionate approach. I am accredited as a CBT therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). I have experience of working as a CBT therapist in both a busy NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service and also a charity offering psychological therapies to residents in the area.
I feel privileged to have the opportunity to meet and work with people who are trying to understand and work through their inner problems. I think the essential part of my practice is my deep compassion and empathy. The therapeutic relationship is a collaborative one in which both myself and the client bring together our different expertise to help work through problems. Clients are the experts on themselves and their experiences, and I bring some skills and tools to help explore and address any blockages or difficulties they are facing.
What is CBT?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as the most effective way to treat many problems. Many studies have demonstrated that CBT is as effective as medication for many common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
CBT explores the relationship between your thought, feelings and behaviour and the impact that these are currently having on you. Therapy aims to help you to develop new strategies to manage your problems. It involves you working together with your therapist to improve your life and your current experience. As a result, you will develop a range of skills and tools to use to help gain freedom from your problems and then you are more likely to be able to maintain the improvements after therapy.
CBT has been shown to be effective with many problems including:
• Social Anxiety
• Health Anxiety
• Generalised Anxiety Disorder (which is characterised by excessive worry)
• Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
• Post-traumatic stress disorder
WHAT IS COMPASSION FOCUSED THERAPY?
Compassion focused therapy (CFT) was developed by Paul Gilbert and it aims to help promote mental and emotional healing by encouraging people in treatment to be compassionate toward themselves and other people. Compassion, both toward the self and toward others, is an essential aspect of well-being.
One of its key concerns is to use compassionate mind training to help people develop and work with experiences of inner warmth, safeness and soothing, via compassion and self-compassion.
CFT teaches the skills and attributes of compassion to help transform problematic patterns of cognition and emotion related to anxiety, anger, shame and self-criticism.
COMPASSION FOCUSED THERAPY
Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) looks to help those who struggle with shame and self-criticism. Often these can be the driving forces behind other mental health conditions like anxiety and depression.
Compassion-focused therapy is particularly helpful for those who have the following:
• deep feelings of shame or guilt
• history of bullying
• a history or physical-emotional abuse
• an unrelenting inner critic
• difficulties trusting
• difficulties (or an inability) to feel kind towards themselves
• Low self-esteem
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP AND QUALIFICATIONS
• Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies (Salford University)
• Post Graduate Certificate in CBT (Manchester Centre for CBT)
• BSc Counselling and Therapeutic Studies
• Provisionally Accreditated by British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.
• Compassion Focused Therapy
If you would like to discuss therapy or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me
Our first session will be an initial assessment session and then discussion regarding further treatment following that. Please note your initial assessment could last between 1 – 1 hour 30 mins (standard £60 charge for this session)
My standard fees are:
£60 per session
Please don’t be put off by the cost as reduced prices can be negotiated depending on circumstances.
All sessions are 50 minutes.