With a passion about the well-being of children in her community, Maria is the amazing and friendly Personal Assistant at Fresh Thinking Therapy.
Maria’s aim is to support parents and adults at Fresh Thinking Therapy with the vision of making a difference in the mental health care given to children and their families in West Lancashire and Sefton. Maria is a dedicated Mum of two small children and a puppy.
Having supported her friends and family with mental health issues she shares the passion and dedication in improving the emotional wellbeing of children, families and young adults.
Maria a degree in textile design she is a creative person by nature, her passions include crafts, crochet, reading and yoga. She believes giving time to yourself is important for your own mental health and wellbeing. Maria also enjoys getting outdoors with her children and family.
With a keen interest in being environmentally friendly, Maria does what she can to reduce the impact herself and her family have on the environment. She actively seeks to reuse and recycle wherever possible whist avoiding purchasing single use plastics. Maria believes in teaching her children the importance of respecting and protecting the environment.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Director
Elisabeth is an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Director
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.
Elisabeth has worked in mental health and psychology for more than twenty years in a range of settings, including the NHS. Over time she has worked extensively with people experiencing difficulties with anxiety and depression.
Throughout her career she has worked across the age ranges but more predominantly with children and young people who have experienced major life events and difficulties.
She also has experience in working with people who are on the autistic spectrum or have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and have anxiety or depression. Elisabeth is a Psychology lecturer, keeping abreast of the most up to date research. She is a regular presenter at a number of mental health charities.
Elisabeth Thompson PGDip CBT, PGCE, BSc (Hons).
CBT (or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is an evidence based treatment for effectively treating the most common mental health difficulties. Fresh Thinking Therapy provides cognitive behavioural therapy for a range of emotional and practical difficulties, including anxiety, depression, and trauma. Each session is structured towards you or your child’s personal goals and values. At the end of each session, a challenge or activity is set for the week that you or your child work towards. This is also based on your goals and is something that you and your therapist agree on together. Your therapist will review how well therapy is going for you or your child on a regular basis.
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 it 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 call you and ask you a little bit about the difficulties you are currently experiencing. She will also discuss which 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
Maria will ask you to complete a referral form and a contract. She will also send you some information about what you can expect from therapy.
The Day of the Appointment
Give yourself time to get to your appointment, bring your therapist’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 the therapist 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.
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.—