Therapy with Amy

Amy is a highly skilled and experienced CBT Therapist, published in the mental health field, who has been working within specialist therapeutic services for over 15 years.


 Her special clinical interests are in anxiety, OCD, chronic pain, women's physical and psychological health and refugee and migrant health and she has taken specialist supervision and training in these areas.


Amy runs a private practice providing CBT therapy from the West Street Consulting rooms in Chichester and a Skype service for those with travel limitations. 


Amy was selected to train with the world recognised leading expert of Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Professor Windy Dryden who is considered one of the most influential thinkers in the field. Her training in REBT and CBT focused on approaches that are designed to address the needs of patients with complex co-morbid mental health problems who are not responding to primary care treatment.


She has a first degree in Anthropology and applies this to all of her work and has taken extensive career and technical education in a wide range of mental health conditions and subjects as part of her CPD.


The therapeutic relationship

During her career, Amy has gained significant experience and supporting people to become psychologically and emotionally well again. Many of the patients she has supported have required specialist support with chronic anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, addiction and physical and psychological pain. She has in-depth clinical knowledge of how to manage complex psychological conditions and where required works in conjunction with her patient's GP to manage their care.


Amy forms highly impacting therapeutic relationships that are both supportive and appropriately challenging. Her approach is designed to enable her clients to become fully capable of managing their own emotional distress without having to rely of psychological services long term.


Recognition

Amy is recognised as being both expert and influential in her field. She regularly guest lectures at a number of leading Universities and provides talks and workshops at national and international conferences on the subject of mental health. 



Caroline Ben-Zaina, Specialist Psychotherapy Service, Homerton Hospital London

"Amy is a highly skilled and versatile clinician with a high success and recovery rate with very complex patients. She is very committed to patient recovery. She has an excellent understanding of risk awareness and of other mental health support services" 

Sade, Brighton

"Amy is a kind, thoughtful and unique person who has helped me to recognise that they way I think and behave can change the whole course of my life for the better or worse. Amy worked with me and my GP, offering me choice and control over my therapeutic care and helping me to get off the dreaded antidepressant medication for good! I am now back in control of my world and there is no way on earth I would have been able to do this without Amy's longstanding, patient and brilliant support, insight and guidance. 

Dr Brian Marien, Positive Group

Most of us experience stress and distress at certain points in our lives. The good news is that there are effective, evidence based, psychological treatments. Often the challenge is finding someone who is a qualified expert professional who can help us successfully navigate our way through these upsetting experiences and difficult times. Amy combines robust psychological knowledge and extensive clinical experience with a thoughtful, emotionally intelligent and compassionate approach to patient care. Amy provides an excellent standard of clinical care whilst building rapport and a strong therapeutic alliance with patients. She establishes a highly collaborative approach to helping her patients develop, and maintain, an effective tool-kit of cognitive and behavioural techniques to improve their psychological health and wellbeing.


Phillip, West Sussex

I was very nervous about going to start therapy with Amy. As a guy, I was not so good at talking about my emotions and we never did in my family. But, I have learned to communicate better with my wife and children now and I have been amazed at how different I feel. I am no longer angered by small things and I feel like a much more capable and happy person" 

Qualifications and Training

Formal training and qualifications:


MSc in Rational Emotive and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Therapy

BA (Hons) Anthropology and Communication


Career and technical education:


Mindfulness and Compassion

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

CBT for Chronic Pain

Mental health in trauma and migration

Cultural adaptations in mental health

Child, Adolescent Development

Women's psychological health

Managing Addiction

Systemic Therapy

Working with young people involved with gangs and violent crime

Sexual exploitation and recovery

Perinatal OCD

Trauma focused CBT

Policy and practice in mental health settings

Reducing Non-communicable disease in patients with mental health conditions

Global mental health development

The role of the diaspora in global mental health

How can Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Help?

Feeling overwhelmed with emotions such as sadness, anxiety, anger and guilt can be extremely difficult to cope with and can have significant effects on your relationships with others. If you are struggling to cope and and doing things that are damaging to your self, your future and others, you are not alone and it is important that you access the right support to ensure that you can begin to get better.

CBT is a highly effective talking therapy that is conducted through an equal, honest and collaborative relationship with your therapist. Amy will work with you to help you describe how you are feeling and make sense of what is happening to you. You will be supported with kindness and empathy but you will also be challenged when you are ready, so that you can begin to take take control of your problems and make different decisions in your life that lead to better outcomes.

During therapy you will explore your thoughts and learn how they relate to your emotions, behaviours and physiology. You will learn to understand how your problems are maintained and how to adapt thinking and behaviour to make positive changes to the way you feel and interact with people who matter to you.


CBT has one of the strongest evidence-bases for effectiveness for a wide range of problems. It is recommended by NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence) for and has been proven through hundreds of clinical studies over the past 20 years to effectively help with the large majority of psychological problems.



Membership and associations

Amy is a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and conforms fully to their Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics .

Amy is a registered Expert Advisor to Chime Advisors, a new generation of expert network. Chime Advisors specialise in matching experts with first hand experience and a deep knowledge of their specialist subject areas with clients from a broad range of industries, with an international reach.

Amy leads on Mental Health for the Forced Migrant Network which sits within Winchester University. She is also a key member of the Refugee Health Interest Group, which is connected to the Wessex Global Health Network, Southampton and Winchester Universities.

Amy is a member of the Uganda Diaspora Health Foundation, a global health network connected to East London NHS Trust, Kings College Hospital, The Royal College of Psychiatry and Oxford University.


Clinic Contact and Address

Please email Amy to enquire about private therapy on:

[email protected]


Clinic Address and telephone:

Consulting Rooms

24 West Street

Chichester

West Sussex

PO19 1QP

01243 789630