CBT is currently the best evidence based treatment for effectively treating the most common mental health difficulties. Fresh Thinking Therapy provides high quality, evidence based, cognitive behavioural therapy for a range of emotional and practical difficulties, including anxiety, depression, and trauma.
Elisabeth has many years’ experience of working with people experiencing emotional distress and a range of mental health difficulties. She will work collaboratively with you or your child to explore which direction the therapy should take and help you achieve the goals and values you have identified using appropriate scientifically approved techniques.
I am Thinking about Therapy for my Child.
Bringing your child for therapy is a big decision but it doesn't have to be made alone. You can request a call from Elisabeth who will discuss with you whether therapy is appropriate and how CBT might be helpful.
How do I tell my Child about Going to Therapy?
Talking about accessing therapy needn't be a serious conversation, you could just mention it in passing on the odd occasion, or you could have a general chat about it. This is a great way to establish whether your child is ready for therapy or whether they have any worries about it. Your child may even be the one to mention wanting someone to talk to. Involving your child in the decision making can encourage them to become more invested in therapy and therefore more successful at making a change. If you have made an appointment for therapy, be sure to inform your child well in advance.
I am Thinking About Therapy for Myself
If you are struggling with anxiety or depression, you may have already tried to deal with it the best you can. However, it has now started to affect your life and it is time to gain some support. It is a big and courageous step, particularly if you have never seen a therapist before.
The phone call
If you request a phone call, Elisabeth will ask you a little bit about the difficulties you are currently experiencing and discuss whether CBT is the most helpful therapy to meet your needs. If you feel you have made a good connection, you can request a suitable time to book an appointment.
Between the Phone call and the Appointment
Elisabeth will ask you to complete a referral form and a contract. She will also send you some information about what you can expect from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. CBT is goal orientated so it would be a good time to reflect on what brings you to therapy and what are your ultimate aims.
The Day of the Appointment
Give yourself time to get to your appointment, bring Elisabeth's phone number in case you can't find the centre. In our first session, we will focus on the what has brought you to therapy. There will be a number of questionnaires to complete and Elisabeth will ask questions about your history too. You may share what you feel comfortable in sharing and there is no pressure to give a full and comprehensive background.
Elisabeth has a specialist interest in developing compassion and in Compassion Focused Therapy. This form of therapy focuses on developing self kindness, courage, warmth, wisdom and being non judgemental to help people get through difficult times. Her knowledge and experience of compassion focused therapy (CFT) influences her psychotherapy practice.
"Just wanted to thank you for your help over my time in sixth form. I got the grades I wanted, I’m starting my gap year and I’m very happy." A level student
"Ever since I've been writing things down, every day life has just seemed a lot easier. I can handle things on my own, using all the methods. I didn't think I could ever have peace of mind and I really do."
"Before having CBT I felt so overwhelmed with anxiety and it was really getting me down. I had shut myself away from others who I loved and this wasn't me. I'd lost my identity. I can now see how I got to that place and how to get out of it. It's going to take some time but I'm starting to feel a bit like my old self again and I'm getting back in touch with friends. "
"Thank you for everything you do for me because you've helped me so much. Thank you. " child
"Things have gotten better and better over the past year, I've been going out a lot more and almost feel as though the anxiety never existed. I thought I was beyond help until I had sessions with you, thank you."
"This is the first time I have ever had CBT and it really has changed my life. I was at the lowest point in my life and couldn’t see a way out. Liz was very understanding, non judgemental, professional and easy to open up too and be honest. This in turn enabled me to confront my anxieties and also be less self conscious. I highly recommend Liz."
"After struggling with OCD for as long as I remember, I done some research as I decided it was time to finally speak with a professional and get some support. After days of searching I came across Liz’s website, from speaking with her on the phone to my first appointment I was put at ease. Liz has helped me to overcome my biggest and smallest fears and has helped me gain my confidence back in every way shape and form. I couldn’t have asked for a better therapist, Liz made me feel so comfortable, she understood my obsessions and worked with me at my own pace to restore my confidence. Each session with Liz I walked away feeling relieved and as though I was accomplishing each fear/worry. Liz has taught me so much and more importantly give me a better understanding of OCD, my life really has changed for the better, I see the positive change in myself as do my family. After dreading therapy so much, I wish I would have done it sooner after my sessions with Liz! I highly recommend Liz as a therapist and can’t thank her enough!"
"Thank you. Before, I had tried to cope alone and when I got to crisis point it took up to two weeks before I could get any help. Now I have a plan for the future and access to support if I need it."
"This is going to be an amazing Christmas, me and my family can really enjoy it. Thank you! " Young person
"I felt Liz was genuinely interested in my problem and she approached it from more than one angle. The compassion focused therapy was especially good."
"I've seen so many therapists over the years, in lots of different fields and it's not been many that have truly made a difference to my mental health. After I speak to you I feel so much better and positive and you really help me so much."
"Thank you so much, you have taught me that I can be strong!" young person
"Elisabeth was warm and friendly. She showed genuine concern for my issues and I felt truly supported when I was with her."
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