Counselling appointments in Central and North 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 clinician with 18 years experience, I believe this to be the finest treatment available for psychological and emotional problems.
I work with all emotional problems and specialise in anxiety disorders (including panic, social anxiety, phobias, health anxiety, GAD, OCD), lifelong self-defeating negative patterns called schemas, and depression. I also provide specialised trauma treatment to organisations, and traumatised individuals experiencing PTSD symptoms.
Assessment and treatment fees for individuals are £85 in Central London and £75 in Northern London (9am to 5pm).
(An out of hours £10 supplement is payable for appointments between 5pm and 7pm).
Therapy sessions last 50 minutes. with fees remaining unchanged for the the duration of therapy.
Detailed Information about my two London practices, including locations, times, fees and payment methods can be seen under Appointments.
To book an appointment call: 020 7813 1333 or 020 8445 1369 during weekdays (10am - 6pm).
I do hope you enjoy learning more about Cognitive Therapy and why I believe it to be the finest treatment available for psychological and emotional problems.
My journey into psychological discovery began in 1991 when I first 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 undergone extensive training in EMDR, and ongoing supervision from various specialists, including John Spector. 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 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a wide range of psychopathologies having their basis in trauma, or critical incident. This emotional processing intervention can often help reduce the symptoms associated with anxiety disorders, such as social phobia etc, where clients often make images of themselves performing badly, shamefully, or in a distressing manner. Images, as well verbal self-talk, plays a big part in the maintenance of anxiety disorders.
Finally, EMDR and Cognitive Processing Therapy can often be helpful in changing and restructuring the meaning of early, painful memories, which have resulted in negative core beliefs and Early Maladaptive Schemas. Events in our lives which when recalled trigger negative emotions, sensations and self-beliefs. These 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.
My specialist work 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.
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, established as the 'Treatment of Choice' for overcoming a wide range of complex problems
The Department of Health strongly supports and confirms the evidence validating the effectiveness of CBT for anxiety disorders, depression and other emotional, psychological problems.
"Treatment Choice in Psychological Therapies and Counselling" (DoH)