I work collaboratively with clients to address work and family stress, grief, self-esteem and relationship problems. Some of my clients are not currently facing a crisis but are interested in personal development. Others are suffering the emotional after-effects of traumatic experiences. I help clients overcome clinical depression or anxiety disorders such as Panic disorder, Phobias, Social Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. This list is not exhaustive. Feel free to contact me if your problem doesn’t match any of the above.
What is my Approach?
In addition to a comprehensive foundation in clinical psychology which includes coverage of all the main approaches to therapy such as Rogerian counseling, Systemic approaches and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, I have specialist postgraduate training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).
I believe that specific forms of therapy are generally better for some problems but I usually draw upon my diverse experience and training to provide a therapy that is tailored to the needs and strengths of every individual client.
Sessions are 50 minutes. I offer a fee based on a sliding scale depending upon your income.
Why work with me?
20 years experience
Post graduate accredited training in evidence based therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR)
What My Client's Say
My decision to work with Derek using a combination of mindfulness based stress relief and therapy has been one of my best decisions. Derek’s technical knowledge and experience, focus and empathy have helped me to manage crisis, acute anxiety and challenging life circumstances. His capacity to bring about self awareness and relational competency is invaluable and is transformative for me across all my relationships. I cannot recommend him highly enough and am indebted to his outstanding work.
Derek is is a ninja at helping you to see your own role in relationship problems without actually beating you up mentally. Anyone who works with him got super lucky.
I went to see Derek, because I was suffering from recurrent depression. Despite extremely difficult and painful sessions sometimes, I always felt safe and supported and not judged in any way. And Derek’s natural sense of humour did help especially at the end of those sessions 🙂
His approach is holistic, and I will never thank him enough for introducing me to Mindfulness meditation through his 8 weeks course, and for all the reading recommendations he offered me. It literally changed my life, the way I was seeing and thinking.
When I decided it was time to stop therapy, I was equipped with new tools to help me stay on course. I felt stronger and a little bit wiser ;-). And I still do. Thank you, Derek, for believing in me and what I could do :-).
I met Derek at a time when I was really struggling with a relapse in depression. His evidence-based approaches in CBT and MBCT were crucial for me when the typical talk therapy route with other lay counsellors was not working. He helped me set goals and practice practical skills that empowered me to get well and stay well. I highly recommend investing in your mental health and meeting with Derek.
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