I am a fully qualified and BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and registered counsellor with the BACP. I have over 13 years experience in the treatment of a wide range of complex psychological, behavioural and emotional problems and I have worked in primary, secondary and forensic settings.
I am originally from Venezuela, and so I’m able to conduct CBT in Spanish if preferred.
My primary interests are in the treatment of anxiety disorders (panic disorder, generalized anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias, social anxiety, health anxiety), depression, addictions, low self-esteem, childhood abuse and relationship problems.
I work collaboratively and have a humanistic philosophy – I believe that while I may be an expert in my field, clients are experts in themselves so I listen empathically and place great emphasis on the therapeutic relationship.
I abide by the professional and ethical standards laid down by the BABCP and BACP and have full DBS (formerly CRB) clearance.
TRAINING, QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
My background is in Psychology (BSc Hon degree from 1998-2002) and later I completed a diploma in Integrative Counselling (2002-2004).
I have an MSc in Evolutionary Psychology which is useful for understanding the biological basis and the evolutionary reasons of why psychological problems develop.
I completed a post-graduate diploma in Cognitive Therapy for anxiety and depression as part of the NHS IAPT programme (improving access to psychological therapies) where I have worked between 2009-2016.
I am also in the last year of a four year Doctorate course in Counselling Psychology which will lead to HCPC accreditation and registration as a BPS Chartered Psychologist.
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy.
In 2013 the BACP Register was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status with the Professional Standards Authority.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.