Qualifications and experience
I qualified as a psychiatric nurse in 1996, and completed a masters degree in CBT at Manchester University in 1999.
I have worked as a CBT therapist and trainer since then including spells in primary care, acute psychiatry, neuropsychiatry and substance misuse.
I have been a post graduate lecturer and supervisor in CBT for over ten years. Including spells as programme director for post graduate studies in CBT at the universities of Manchester and Lancaster. I am no longer in full time academia I will train and supervise as an invited guest lecturer on occasions but I prefer to be a full time therapist. I maintain my links with academic institutions in my role as external examiner in CBT training in North and South Staffordshire
A sign of ability to practice well is an invitation to work as a therapist on a national randomised control trial. These are the original research trials that establish effectiveness of treatments, and only the best are asked to participate. Between 2001 and 2011 I have worked as a therapist on four randomised control trials.
I have somewhere in the region of twenty thousand hours of supervised practice, and extensive teaching and supervision experience.
I have lectured and delivered conference presentations in CBT all over the the UK and internationally. Including Lancaster University, Manchester University, Oxford University, Keele University and Edinburgh University.
Internationaly I have lectured or taught CBT in Canada, Australia (twice), New Zealand, Holland (twice), Scandinavia and Spain.
I have conducted numerous press interviews on CBT and diagnosis. These include radio Four, Radio Five, The Guardian, and other broadsheets
I have been published 17 times in books and journals on CBT including the British Journal of Psychiatry, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy and The New Scientist. I have also made more than 50 conference presentations on CBT including keynote addresses
In 2008 as the second speaker for Professor John Read from the University of Auckland New Zealand, We jointly won a live debate at the Wolfson Lecture Hall at the Institute of Psychiatry.
I am close to completing my PhD in the relationship between traumatic life events and symptom profile in bipolar disorder and have been supported in this by Professor Richard Bentall from Bangor University and Professor Steven Jones from Lancaster University. I hope to submit the thesis in the next twelve months
Membership of professional bodies
I am involved with a number of professional bodies and organisations including
1. British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (Accredited)
2. Supporter and activist - Hearing Voices Network
3. Founder member - CASL (Campaign for The Abolition of The Schizophrenia Label)
4. Editorial board member. Asylum. The Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry and Community Development
I have been a peer reviwer of research and clinical papers related to CBT for a number of national and international journals including
1. British Journal of Psychiatry
2. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
3. Psychological Medicine
4. Nurse Researcher
5. British Journal of Clinical Psychology
6. Bipolar Disorders
7. Mental Health Practice
8. Philosophy, Ethics and the Humanities in Medicine.
In addition I have reviewed numerous books on CBT and have acted as a reviwer for grant applications for the NHS
I have recieved past referals from a number of companies including
BUPA, AXIS, AXA, Premex, ICAS, CIGNA, HCIML, The Psychology Service,
The Focus Clinic, Behavioral Health, Psycho legal experts, Medicals Direct
Trauma Care, First assist, CBT Services, Human Focus, Quantum Managed Care
Standard Life, Healthcare UK, Mediscreen, Argent
Current Insurance cover £1,000,000 (Towergate Insurance of Leeds)