About Me


...and it would perhaps be simpler to mention problems I do not work with, rather than those that I do.

These areas are drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, psycho-sexual counselling, and working with children under the age of 14. This is because there are other counsellors more specialised in these particular areas who would be your best resource.

I most commonly work with depression, anxiety disorders (which might include general anxiety, phobic anxiety, panic, health or social anxiety and OCD), stress, relationship problems, anger management and difficulties in the workplace (I have a background in HR which helps in this regard).

However, CBT will resolve most problems, no matter how unusual the client feels that they are.

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  • Chartered Member CIPD
  • Accredited Member BACP
  • Registered UKRC
  • Post Graduate Diploma CBT (London University)
  • BUPA recognised therapist


    Relevant qualifications/Professional Memberships
  • Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD)*
  • Member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
  • Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling MBACP(Accred)
  • UKRC Registered Counsellor
  • Member of Steering Committee set up to develop guidelines for the treatment of depression within the NHS, researched by East Surrey Health Authority
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (University of London, 2001)
  • Diploma in Humanistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of Surrey, 1998)
  • Advanced Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory (NESCOT, 1996)
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills (Birkbeck College, University of London, 1995)
  • *First degree equivalent including two years of psychology studies
  • BUPA Recognised therapist (Registration number 30033529)
  • Ongoing CBT training: Specialist Short Courses Recently Attended
  • From Chaos to Clarity: Collaborative Case Conceptualization London, 15-16 June 2009
  • CBT for obsessional Problems London, January 2009
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder and CBT Kent, October 2008
  • CBT for the treatment of anxiety (2 days) London, September 2008
  • CBT for OCD London, June 2008
  • CBT for anxiety disorders London, September 2007
  • "Building Resilience" CBT workshop (2 days) London June 2007
  • CBT for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Kent, March 2007
  • CBT for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder London, July 2006
  • CBT for Health Anxiety London, May 2006
  • Treating Panic with CBT London, February 2006
  • OCD UK Conference and Workshop Greenwich, September 2005
  • "Constructing a New Self" CBT Workshop (2 days) Inst. Of Education, London, June 2005
  • CBT for anxiety London, April 2005
  • Advanced CBT for Personality Disorders St Thomas's Hospital,London,May 2004
  • Building Resiliance Oxford Cog. Therapy Centre,May 2004
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Pyschosis Inst. Psychiatry, London, June 2003
  • Treatment of Obsessive-compulsive Disorder Inst. Psychiatry, London, June 2003
  • Engaging Clients in Cognitive Therapy for Depression Imperial College, London, June 2003
  • CBT treatment for Hypocondriasis Inst. Psychiatry, London, October 2002
  • CBT treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Inst. Psychiatry, London, October 2002
  • CBT treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Inst. Psychiatry, London, October 2002
  • CBT treatment for Anxiety Inst. Psychiatry, London, October 2002
  • CBT treatment for Social Phobia Inst. Psychiatry, London, October 2002
  • Relevant experience »

    1999 to present: Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Cygnet Hospital, Sevenoaks, Kent The clinic offers both in-patient and day-care treatment for a wide variety of mental health problems. As part of the day-care service, patients are offered 1:1 CBT therapy as well as group sessions. Working under psychiatrists who initially assess each patient and devise a treatment programme for them, I work on a 6 session reviewable basis with both Axis I and Axis II disorder patients.

    1999 to present: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practice I have my own private CBT practice, working with clients who are referred to me by a variety of psychiatrists and GP surgeries, personal recommendation and professional associations to which I am either accredited or a member.

    1996 to 2007 : CBT Therapist, Hamsey Green GP Surgery, Warlingham, Surrey Problems are extremely varied, ranging from depression, anxiety, bereavement, work, family and relationship problems.

    2000 to present: CBT Therapist to Crown Prosecution Service Working on therapy issues with staff of the service on an on-going basis.

    2001 to 2004: NHS Health Gain Fund Research project In conjunction with Dr Michael Bosch and Ms Maya Twardsicki of East Surrey Health Authority and Dr Joyce Tarrant of Hamsey Green GP Surgery. This project ran for two years prior to evaluation and assessment by our team.

  • Co-authored with, Gladeana McMahon FBABCS "Tools of the Trade" [for therapists], Counselling and Psychotherapy Journal, April 2002
  • Co-authored with Gladeana McMahon FBABCS, Professor Stephen Palmer FBABCS "The Essential Skills of Setting Up a Counselling and and Psychotherapy Practice", Brunner-Routledge, London, May 2005
  • Co-authored with Gladeana McMahon FBABCS and Professor Stephen Palmer FBABCS "Achieving Excellence in your Coaching Practice", Brunner-Routledge, Sussex, December 2005
  • Co-authored with Professor Stephen Palmer FBABCS "From Moody to Mellow" (Stress management)", Hodder and Stoughton, London, December 2005
  • Co-authored with Professor Stephen Palmer FBABCS "From Zero to Hero" (Achieving self confidence), Hodder and Stoughton, London, June 2006
  • C. Wilding, sole author "Teach Yourself Emotional Intelligence", Hodder and Stoughton, London, December 2007
  • Co-authored with Gladeana McMahon FBABCS and Pofessor Stephen Palmer FBABCS "The Practitioner's Handbook", Brunner-Routledge, Sussex, February 2008
  • Co-authored with Aileen Milne "Teach Yourself Cognitive Behavioural Therapy", Hodder and Stoughton, London, April 2008
  • Co-authored with Professor Stephen Palmer and Professor Cary Cooper The Sunday Times Management Series, London, July 2008
  • Co-authored with O'Driscoll, P. Teach Yourself: Evening Class: Counselling, Hodder and Stoughton, London, December 2008
  • Co-authored with Professor Stephen Palmer Teach Yourself: Great Self Esteem Professor Stephen Palmer, Hodder and Stoughton, London, Publication January 2009


    Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, Counselling and Coaching

    How can Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Counselling or Coaching, help me?

    A trained CBT therapist, counsellor or coach aims to help you gain a new perspective about whatever is troubling you. Together we identify the reasons you find yourself in difficulty - which may be long-term problems or a recent crisis - and work towards enabling you to reach your full potential and overcome any obstacles to this. Do not worry if you have had these problems for a long time. It is just as possible to make excellent progress in this case as it is with a more recent event or trauma.

    Sometimes clients are not even quite certain what their problems are. They simply know that they feel very depressed or anxious, and cannot quite understand why. This is not a problem for the therapist or coach, who will be skilled at sorting these feelings out and getting to the root of the problem.

    CBT therapists, counsellors and coaches are trained to look beyond presenting problems to possible underlying causes. The aim of the process is to help you to adjust your thinking and behaviours to those which are more productive for you, and to help you move towards becoming the kind of person you want to be.

    Code of Ethics Practised

    British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Code of Ethics and Practice


    The trust between client and practitioner is crucial to the success of the process, and all information disclosed is treated as entirely confidential. The only occasion when this might change is where, in my opinion, my client is a danger to him/herself or others, where I am ethically obliged to inform appropriate agencies.
    Client notes are also entirely confidential between coach/therapist and client, and no outside party has a right to request that they be seen, or that anything from their content be made known. The only exception to this may (but not necessarily) be if such notes are subpoenaed in a court of law.

    Therapy or Coaching Process

    Where the cost of your sessions is covered either by private health insurance, your company, or an Employee Assistance Service, then they will normally state at the outset the number of sessions that they are willing to pay for. You might normally expect this to be between 5 and 12 sessions, depending on your cover.

    Where you are self funding, you will quite rightly - especially where time and cost constraints exist - wish to know at the start of therapy, how many sessions they are likely to need. This can be difficult to answer exactly, but the following is a guide:

    Initial session: at the end of this session the client and I will mutually decide if continued help would be beneficial. If we decide not to work together, I will try to provide you with details of alternative practitioners or agencies. If we decide that further assistance would be helpful, we will together agree an initial number of sessions - usually between six and twelve - and a review will take place at the end of these sessions, where we jointly assess progress and decide on further sessions or alternative action.

    As the client, you may terminate your therapy at any time, and there is no obligation to complete the agreed sessions.


    Sessions will normally be weekly or fortnightly, as this provides the best continuity and therefore, the speediest resolution to problems. However, this does not preclude sessions on an occasional basis being very helpful, and I am very pleased to offer therapy on this basis.

    The face-to-face session time is 50 minutes. If you are late arriving, the session will still need to finish at the pre-arranged time so as not to delay the next client. Where, for any reason, any delay is my responsibility, then the time will always be made up to you.

    Appointments are normally scheduled to start either "on the hour" or "on the half hour". This allows me, the therapist 10 minutes between clients to ensure that the session notes are complete, and to prepare for the next client, in the same way that I will be prepared for you. It is not usually possible for clients to arrive early for their sessions, as I will normally either be working with the previous client, or completing paperwork prior to my next client. Clients often ask, "Why 50 minutes?", and there are many reasons for this. I attach a more detailed note on the session structure and timing, which you may find helpful.


    At my private practice, provided you telephone me in advance of your session, I make no cancellation charges. However, if you fail to let me know in advance, then the full fee is payable. Where unreliability is a problem, I would reserve the right either to terminate the therapy, or to ask for payment in advance of the sessions booked.


    • By rail: It is possible to walk from Epsom Downs station, but it will take 15 minutes or thereabouts. Epsom station is about 8 minutes away by car or taxi.
    • Buses: Numbers 166 and 408 stop at the bottom of the road - check with your route-finder whether they will be of help to you.
    • Car: My private practice is just off the A240, which runs between the A3 at Tolworth and the M25 at Junction 8.
    • Parking: There is plenty of parking space at my private practice.
    If you have any other questions that are not covered here, please feel free to raise these when we meet and I will be pleased to answer them.

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