About Rebecca Mead
LOCATION: Palmeira Square
AVAILABILITY: Saturday daytimes
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Low Self Esteem & Depression
Rebecca is an experienced Psychotherapist offering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). She has worked in mental health for the NHS for the past 17 years. She has been a qualified CBT therapist for 10 years and is an accredited member of the BABCP. Rebecca is also a qualified IPT therapist, accredited with IPT UK. Both of these treatments have been recommended by NICE guidelines (the "Bible of treatment" in the NHS). Rebecca’s background is mental health nursing. Rebecca continues to work for the NHS as a CBT and IPT Psychotherapist
Throughout our lives we can experience difficult times and sometimes these can get on top of us and we need a little help to get through them. Therapy can provide that. Therapy can help to increase self understanding and give us tools to manage. For therapy to be effective it is important that you can connect with your therapist, that you feel safe, comfortable and understood. The relationship is just as important as the therapy. Rebecca believes that warmth, kindness, compassion, empathy, openness, and a willingness to be alongside you are valuable aspects of therapy. Rebecca wants you to feel hopeful that your future can improve. Her training and extensive experience will enable you both to explore your problems together and, at your pace, you will collaboratively explore ways for you to make changes and move forward.
CBT is all about exploring the connections between the way we think, what we do, our emotions and the way we feel physically. During times of distress, we can think differently about ourselves. Thoughts can become negative and unhelpful. This can result in us feeling even worse and we may then behave in a way that prolongs our distress. We can become trapped in unhelpful cycles.
CBT enables us to unpick these and understand how we might inadvertently maintain these cycles. Once we have understood the problem together we can apply CBT strategies to help manage the difficulties by changing the way you think and behave. This can lead to a major improvement in how you feel and live your life. You will also have a toolkit of CBT strategies to use for the future.
IPT is based on the premise that there is a relationship between the way people interact with others and their psychological symptoms. So difficulties in our relationships can affect our mental health and our mental health can affect the quality of our relationships. The main focus is on relationship problems and on helping you to identify how you are feeling and behaving in your relationships.
The benefits of IPT include: improvement in relationships, including relating to others and communication, learn to cope with emotions and life changes, problem solving, processing loss and grief, and overall an improvement in mood and psychological distress.
These treatments are not exclusive. However some people may prefer the structured approach that CBT offers and others may prefer the IPT focus on relationships.
Rebecca has extensive experience in working with clients in a wide range of psychological and emotional difficulties:
- Anxiety - a number of different anxiety disorders including
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) - worrying about everything, feeling anxious all the time
- Panic Attacks
- Health Anxiety
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Social Anxiety - worrying about how other people perceive you, feeling shy
- Phobias - including vomit, heights, confined spaces, etc.
- Stress - could be specific for example at work, or more generalised
- Life changes - for example changes in circumstances such as redundancy, breakup of relationship or other life event that has affected how you feel
- Relationship difficulties - this can be with a partner, family members or friends. There can often be difficulties within a significant relationship where the relationship has become 'stuck' in arguments or disagreements and this can affect mood. Alternatively when there are difficulties in forming and maintaining relationships this can leave us feeling very alone and isolated.
- Morbid Jealousy
- Low Self Esteem - this might relate to long standing problems going back to childhood
- Depression - including low mood and or general lack of interest in life
- Post Natal Depression (PND)
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Issues of loss - such as bereavement (when you don't seem to be healing from loss of a loved one and are struggling to adjust), loss of health, work, redundancy, loss of a role in life
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Available for appointments
Saturday afternoon at Palmeira Practice.