Our therapists are highly experienced, leaving you in the safest hands.

Our highly experienced Cognitive Therapists are skilled in dealing with a wide range of mental health problems.

Our Bristol based therapists

 


David Wilcox cognitive behavioural therapist

David Wilcox

EMDR Consultant and

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

Professionally qualified mental health nurse and psychological  therapist with over 25 years experience of working within the NHS and ten years of private practice. Accomplished in all areas relating to the provision of treatment and supervision of CBT and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). 

David is accredited with the BABCP as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and clinical supervisor, following gaining an MSc in 2002. He is also an EMDR Consultant with EMDR Association UK & Ireland. He works with adults experiencing a wide range of difficulties including generalised anxiety, panic, stress, depression, OCD, phobias, social anxiety, health anxiety and PTSD. David is particularly experienced in working with traumatic stress, from road traffic accidents or assault to working with forces veterans having experienced combat trauma. He has also worked in general hospitals with the psychological effects of physical illness. 

He currently works for the NHS as a Clinical Lead for Veterans Mental Health Services and the AWP Traumatic Stress Service. His previous posts include Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist for the South Wales Fire & Rescue Service.

David has been providing CBT and EMDR clinical supervision for  mental health professionals for sevaral years. In addition to clinical work he has also been a visiting lecturer at the University of West for England, Cardiff University and Mid Glamorgan University. 

David is a recognised CBT practitioner for Bupa and Aviva.


Emma Wilcox CBT therapist

Emma Wilcox

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Emma is a professionally qualified mental health nurse and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience working within the NHS.

Emma is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. She is able to provide CBT for people experiencing depression and a wide range of anxiety disorders including specific phobias, PTSD, panic disorder, stress, OCD, social anxiety and health anxiety. Emma is particularly experienced in working with the psychological effects of physical illness. 

In addition to her private practice work, Emma is currently employed by the NHS as a clinical nurse specialist. She is currently undergoing training in EMDR


Claire Gillingham EMDR CBT

Claire Gillingham

CBT and EMDR Practitioner

Claire is a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) and has worked in the NHS for the last 28 years, working currently as a Veterans' Psychological Therapist and Independent Nurse Prescriber.

She has extensive experience working with all ages with a wide variety of mental health difficulties using CBT since 1999. Claire has an accredited masters level diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from Exeter University and is an accredited BABCP practitioner

She undertakes regular supervision with an accredited supervisor, as well as undergoing an annual criminal record bureau (CRB) check. In addition, Claire is also an Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner with full membership of the UK & Ireland EMDR association.

For more information please go to www.cbtcotswold.co.uk


Rosie occupational therapy cbt

Rosemarie Brown

Occupational Therapy and CBT

Rosemarie qualified as an occupational therapist in 1995 and is registered with the Health Professions Council. She completed her training in cognitive behavioural therapy at Birmingham University in 2009.

Rosemarie currently works both in private practice and within the NHS. Within the NHS she works with functional neurological symptoms including somatoform and conversion disorder and non-epileptic attack disorder. In private practice she works with a range of difficulties and offers particular expertise in anxiety disorders including health anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder and also low mood,depression and relationships difficulties.

She mainly works within a cognitive behavioural framework, but also draws on other models of treatment such as metacognitive therapy and mindfulness, based cognitive therapy.

She has worked for the NHS for over 21 years and is a dedicated professional practicing evidence based therapies.

Rosemarie is a member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and abides by their code of conduct and guidelines for clinical practice. This includes regular supervision of her practice, and a commitment to continuing and updating her professional development.

Emily Zarkow

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Emily graduated from Swansea University with a degree in Psychology in 2002, and went on to complete a masters in Health Psychology in Bristol. She has worked within NHS services for a number of years with people who experience a broad range of psychological difficulties.

In 2015 Emily undertook further study at the University of Oxford and gained her Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Emily is experienced in working with young people and adults who have mild to moderate difficulties with their mental health including depression and anxiety disorders such as OCD, health anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, panic, PTSD and substance misuse.

In addition to her CBT training, Emily has specific skills in short term CBT interventions and is familiar with working within a 6 session model for those who are experiencing milder difficulties and distress.

Alongside, her private practice, Emily works full time as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist in Bristol for the charity ‘Off the Record’.

Emily holds an enhanced DBS check, is a member of the BABCP and is insured with Balens Specialist Insurance Brokers.

 

Polly Haselton

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Since graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Psychology in 2012, Polly has worked within NHS services with people who experience a broad range of psychological difficulties.

In 2013 Polly completed a Postgraduate Certificate with Exeter University in Evidence Based Psychological Therapies, which qualified her to offer short term CBT to individuals struggling with low mood and anxiety. 

In 2015 Polly undertook further study at the University of Oxford and gained her Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which equipped her to work with a range of difficulties, including depression, generalised anxiety disorder, OCD, Social Anxiety, Phobias and PTSD.

Alongside, her private practice, Polly now works part time as a Cognitive Therapist in Oxford, researching and developing pioneering ways of delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Polly has Provisional Accreditation as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the BABCP and is a registered therapist with AVIVA and CIGNA insurance. 

Polly is experienced in working with adults (aged 16+) who have mild to moderate difficulties with their mental health. Polly is familiar with working with clients experiencing depression and anxiety disorders such as OCD, health anxiety, phobias and panic. Polly also has experience in working with individuals who have disordered eating.

Polly has a particular interest in working with perinatal women, and those experiencing low self esteem. 

In addition to her CBT training, Polly has specific skills in short term CBT interventions and is experienced in working within a 6 session model for those who are experiencing milder difficulties and distress.

Polly predominately uses a cognitive behavioural therapy framework, focussing on the collaborative creation of an individual formulation grounded in a client’s individual experiences. Whilst Polly is purely CBT trained, when appropriate she draws upon theory and techniques from other modalities such as mindfulness, compassion focused therapy and solution focused therapy.