Tell me about your CBT training.

I first learned about CBT in 1985, when I was completing my first degree in psychology. 

I was fortunate to train in CBT, psychotherapy and family therapy as part of my Doctorate training, which gave me a good grounding of core skills, with a range of child and adult clients.

In 2000, I completed a Diploma in CBT via the centre of excellence in the UK, the Cognitive Therapy Centre at Warneford Hospital, Oxford.  I attended the course, whilst working in the NHS, practising and developing my skills further with the clients I saw each day. The course was very comprehensive and useful and it was validated by the University of Oxford.

I had been a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapist (BABCP) for many years, but I decided to become accredited as a CBT Therapist in 2012.

I carry out many hours of continued professional training in CBT each year and regard myself as an Advanced level Therapist, having used this approach with clients for over twenty years. There is always more to learn though, which makes further theory and skills development in CBT an interesting area of my ongoing learning.