Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in London
CBT- Schema Therapy - EMDR - REBT
Hello, my name is Michael Cameron. I'm a highly experienced BABCP accredited and UKCP registered Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) based in Central London WC1 & North London N12. As a practising CBT practitioner with 15 years experience, I believe this to be the finest treatment available for psychological and emotional problems. I do hope you enjoy learning more about Cognitive Therapy.
My journey into psychological discovery began in 1991 when I started training in counselling and psychotherapy.
My initial Cognitive Behaviour Therapy training was as a Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapist (REBT), under Professor Windy Dryden. In 1996 I became an accredited member of the Association of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapists. I continued to train in other cognitive approaches, including Aaron's Beck's cognitive modal, under Professor Stephen Palmer and associates. I also undertook CBT training in depression and psychosis at Kings College London. Additionally I received further specialist training from internationally acclaimed experts in anxiety disorders, trauma, eating disorders and other emotional / psychological problems. Today, I continue to undergo regular ongoing training and supervision in empirically supported psychological therapies, ensuring any treatment offered, is the treatment of choice.
In addition to my intensive supervised Cognitive Behavioural training I received two years supervised integrative training in psychodynamic and humanistic therapy, which I believe has provided me with a more rounded exposure to different treatment approaches. It was my cognitive and analytical training that led me to Schema Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, an integrative, systematic model of treatment that addresses the core psychological themes of people with characterological problems and lifelong self-defeating patterns. I also completed a years integrative training programme in clinical supervision.
I have also undergone extensive training and supervision in EMDR, an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing and am an accredited member of the EMDR Association U.K. & Ireland. My EMDR practitioner training has enabled me to use it as an adjunct to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, when treating people suffering from PTSD and a wide range of psychopathologies having their basis in trauma, or critical incident. I find that this emotional processing intervention can often help reduce the symptoms associated with anxiety disorders, such as social phobia etc, where clients often have images of themselves performing badly, shamefully, or in a distressing manner. Images, as well negative verbal self-talk, play a big part in the maintenance of emotional disorders.
Finally, EMDR and Cognitive Processing Therapy can be helpful in changing the meaning of painful memories, which have resulted in negative beliefs, emotions and behaviours. Events in our lives which when recalled trigger negative emotions, sensations and self-beliefs. These memories, often early memories, can be referred to in Cognitive terms as ‘hot spots’ or in Gestalt terms ‘unfinished business’. Both EMDR and Cognitive Processing Therapy are valuable additions to the Cognitive Therapist's armamentarium of techniques and in the true spirit of cognitive therapy, focuses on transforming the negative meaning, attributed to a situation.
I work with all emotional problems and specialise in anxiety disorders, trauma, depression and lifelong self-defeating negative patterns. My specialist work in London also focuses on imagery and the role it plays in the maintenance of anxiety and other emotional problems. Modification of images and verbal self-talk is central to emotional and behavioural change.
I host a cognitive behavioural group supervisory meeting on a monthly basis, at my practice in Central London. My peers are all seasoned accredited cognitive behaviour therapists who contribute their expertise and experience, in helping resolve difficult problems and impasses.
Governing Profession Bodies & Code of Ethics
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), a full member of the National Council for Psychotherapists (NCP), an accredited member and clinical supervisor for the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH). In addition I am also a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), an accredited member of the EMDR Association U.K. & Ireland, a UKCP registered cognitive psychotherapist, the controlling body for trained psychotherapists, maintaining standards for the profession of psychotherapy within the UK.
An Introduction to Cognitive Therapy
It is now six decades since cognitive theory was first elucidated by Drs. Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck. Research regarding the relationship between cognition and emotion has achieved a dominant presence in psychiatric and psychological journals.
Both Beck and Ellis trace dysfunctional thinking patterns in the moment back to beliefs about the self. The idea that the threat lies not in the objective situation, but in the meaning attributed to the situation is fundamental to cognitive therapy, so the focus of therapy lies in the transformation of this meaning.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), which is also referred to as Cognitive Therapy treats emotional problems by changing negative patterns of thought. It is the worlds most researched and validated form of psychological therapy.
Because of its clarity, proven effectiveness and the need for brief yet effective therapies, cognitive therapy is now established as the 'Treatment of Choice' for overcoming a wide range of complex problems including stress, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, low-self-esteem and other emotional problems.
Are all psychotherapies clearly effective?
The effectiveness of treatments for a wide range of psychological problems was reviewed in ‘What Works for Whom? A Critical Review of Psychotherapy Research’, published by Guilford Press. The publication was based on a report commissioned by the Department of Health (DoH).
The therapies reviewed were classified as follows:
Behavioural and Cognitive-Behavioural psychotherapy (BEH) and (CBT)
Psychodynamic psychotherapy (PCD)
Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT)
Strategic or systematic psychotherapies
Supportive and experimental psychotherapies
PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS REVIEWED PSYCHOTHERAPIES THAT WERE CLEARLY EFFECTIVE
Depression CBT & IPT
Anxiety Disorders including:
Obsessive Compulsive Disorders CBT & BEH
Post traumatic Stress Disorder CBT
Eating Disorders CBT, BEH & IPT
Alcohol Abuse BEH
Sexual Dysfunction CBT & BEH
Primary Care - Interventions with Children CBT & BEH
Primary Care – Interventions with Older People CBT, BEH & PCD
The treatments that were empirically validated and considered clearly effective are abbreviated above. The review consistently supports Cognitive-Behavioural (CBT) and/or Behavioural psychotherapy. (BEH)
A similar theme emerges in the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy comes first for both depressive and anxiety disorders, as well as bulimia, chronic fatigue, chronic pain and post traumatic stress.
The Department of Health strongly supports and confirms the evidence validating the effectiveness of CBT for anxiety disorders, depression and other psychological problems.
The conclusion is evidence-based and is supported by a large consensus group, including the following contributing organisations:
Click on the Cognitive Therapy link below to find out exactly why it's so effective.