Complementary health care clinic specializing in pregnancy scans, classes and treatments

Julie Denning

Verulam Health and Wellbeing

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a collaborative, problem solving, short term therapy. It is seen as the therapy of choice, according to NICE guidelines, for the treatment of anxiety and depression.

This type of therapy looks at the relationship between thoughts, feelings (physical and emotional) and behaviours, the impact they may have and how they may be changed to help. CBT can help with a number of emotional problems including depression, OCD, panic, phobias, social anxiety, health anxiety, PTSD, and generalised anxiety disorder, anger, stress, low self esteem, chronic pain and post natal depression.

CBT is very much a ‘here and now’ therapy where recent situations are thought about and themes are uncovered.

During the sessions skills and tools are shared to help people to manage their situation. They are encouraged to practise them outside of the sessions and consider using them even after therapy ends.

If you would like to read more about cognitive behavioural therapy, you can find the National Institute for Clinical Excellence on the web. There, you will be able to view the evidence supporting the effectiveness of CBT.

Dr Julie Denning
BSc, MSc, PhD, CPsychol, PGDipCBT

I am a Chartered Psychologist specializing in Health and am registered as a practitioner psychologist with the Health Professionals Council. I am a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society and am working towards accreditation with the BABCP. I have a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

I have experience providing CBT for people experiencing anxiety and depression within the NHS, where I worked as a High Intensity Therapist on the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme.

I always strive to create an atmosphere where you feel completely at ease talking things through with me.

The first session and beyond

Therapy sessions are always one hour long and held at the Verulam Clinic, 118 Victoria Street, St Albans, AL1 3TG. Telephone/Fax: 01727 833100. appointments@verulamclinic.com .

It is important during our first session to determine whether or not we are able to work together. It is important that we both feel comfortable. If we decide not to proceed with therapy after this session, you will be under no obligation to continue. If we do decide to continue, we will agree a number of sessions to meet in the first instance. We will review after this number to determine progress and how many additional, if any, sessions we may need.

It is important that you know that you are able to terminate therapy at any time and you are under no obligation to attend all of the original agreed sessions.

I only provide therapy on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Frequently Asked Questions

Who do you typically see?
I work with adults over 18 experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems. If I feel unable to help anyone seeking help from me, I will offer alternative sources of support. You do not have to be referred to see me, you can book independently.

How long do the sessions last and how often will we have one?
Each session lasts up to one hour. We will generally meet once a week. Later on during therapy we may decide to meet at less frequent intervals.

What if I don’t practise my skills outside of the sessions?
I would strongly advise you to practise what has been learned during the sessions in order to get the most out of the therapeutic process. However, I am not in the business of telling people off if they don’t complete their homework!! If you have found it difficult then we will discuss this in our next session together.

Do I do all the talking? No, CBT is a collaborative therapy. Therapist and client engage with each other in conversation and discussion.

How many sessions would I have to attend?
This will very much depend on the number of sessions you will need. Typically 6 sessions upward to 20 in some cases. An average number of sessions is typically between 8-12 but this varies from case to case.

Can I stop therapy at any time?
Absolutely. You will be under no obligation whatsoever to continue if you don’t want to.

How do I know you keep up to date with your skills?
As all CBT Therapists should, I have a supervisor who monitors my skills, ensuring I maintain a standard of therapy. It is important you know that any conversation between supervisor and therapist is completely confidential. Trust between client and therapist is essential.

Also, as part of my registration with the Health Professions Council and the British Psychological Society I have to carry out CPD annually to maintain my skills and practising certificate.

I work to the ethical code of conduct outlined by the BPS.

Is the Verulam Clinic easy to find and will I be able to park?
Yes! The Verulam Clinic is very close to St Albans Station and on one of the main artery roads out of St Albans. There is limited parking behind the Clinic, some on-road parking and hourly parking in the Iceland car park within close walking distance.

What happens at the first session?
As well as working out if we are going to be happy working together, I carry out an in depth assessment to get as full an understanding as possible of the problems you are experiencing at the moment. This then helps us to work out what we are going to be doing in future sessions.

What happens at each session?
At each session we work out an agenda for the hour and then work through it at your pace.

How do I contact you?
You can contact me by telephone 07943561873 or email: verulamhw@m-rd.co.uk, You can make an appointment at: appointments@verulamclinic.com.

Visit my webpage at www.m-rd.co.uk

Care Quality Commission

Verulam Clinic is registered with the Care Quality Commission. Provider ID: 1-127591200 20th May 2012 Registered number: 05283588 All sonographers & physiotherapists are registered with the Health & Care Professions Council.

Contact

Verulam Clinic
118-120 Victoria Street
St Albans
AL1 3TG

01727 833 100
appointments@verulamclinic.com