We provide Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) & cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

CBT & EMDR Yorkshire Psychotherapy



Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy. It has been proved to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children. CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we behave. In turn, our behaviours can affect how we think and our emotions. We work together in changing behaviours and thinking patterns, which can have an overall effect on emotions.

NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) provides evidence-based guidance on the most effective ways to treat ill health. CBT is recommended by NICE for the treatment of anxiety disorders and depression. We will discuss your specific difficulties and set goals for you to achieve. CBT is not a quick fix. It involves hard work during and between sessions. We will help you to decide which difficulties you wish to work on in order to help you improve your situation.We will also work on a relapse prevention plan at the end of treatment, so that you can continue to manage your own mental health on discharge. For more information, visit: www.babcp.com/Public/What-is-CBT

Our CBT & EMDR practitioners:

CBT & EMDR Yorkshire Psychotherapy
Heather Howard-Thompson
Hi, my name is Heather, I am the Founder and Director of Yorkshire Psychotherapy Ltd. I am a BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, with over 20 years experience in mental health.

I launched Yorkshire Psychotherapy in January 2015 and have since developed the practice to include Associate Therapists who offer a wide range of therapies to individuals and businesses. I work as a Clinical Supervisor and have many years experience of working with people who struggle with emotional problems, including trauma, depression and anxiety. I have a particular interest in working with trauma and emotional dysregulation.

I use a range of therapeutic techniques in my clinical practice including Dialectal Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I am very passionate about helping others to understand, recognise and tolerate their emotions, which is the first step in helping to overcome a range of mental health problems. I offer online sessions via Skype/Zoom/Facetime/Whatsapp or phone.

I provide Consultancy, Groups and Workshops to a range of businesses and also provide Coaching and Mentoring for Therapists starting out in private practice.

I undertake regular clinical supervision with an accredited supervisor, am DBS checked and have Public Liability Insurance.

Price per session: £100

CBT & EMDR Yorkshire Psychotherapy
Ann Swift
I completed my training as an occupational therapist in 1996 and after a brief spell of working on a general ward, I went on to specialise in mental health, working both in hospital and in the community.

Having been particularly interested in cognitive behavioural therapy, I completed a basic skills course in 1999 and went on to complete a masters degree in psychosocial interventions and a post graduate diploma in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. I am also trained in EMDR and DBT.

I have worked as a psychotherapist for the NHS for the last 13 years and during that time, helped to set up and teach on the IAPT high intensity CBT course at the University of Sheffield, for which our team won a Fellowship Award.

In the last 20 years I have worked with a diverse range of mental health problems with individuals and groups. I am particularly interested in helping people to understand how mental health problems develop, how they are maintained and most importantly, how they can be overcome.

Price per session: £100

CBT & EMDR Yorkshire Psychotherapy
Eleanor Morton
I am a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and an accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

I have worked within an NHS Primary Care setting since 2010, providing assessment and treatment for common mental health difficulties for adults, and with students at a local college. I undertake regular clinical supervision and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which ensures I develop and further my skills in line with evidence based research. I am a lecturer and supervisor of Trainee Cognitive Behavioural Therapists on the High Intensity Psychological Interventions (HIPI) course at the University of Sheffield. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) which is specifically developed for treating persistent depression.

I have had the pleasure of working with people from different backgrounds and aim to support them to increase confidence and attain recovery, through the use of evidence based treatment and an open, honest and safe therapeutic alliance.

Price per session: £100

CBT & EMDR Yorkshire Psychotherapy
Abigail Bradbury
I have had the privilege of working in CBT as a therapist, supervisor, and trainer for a number of years. I was previously based in NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Services in North Yorkshire and Leeds. My clinical work is now based at Yorkshire Psychotherapy and I continue to work for the University of Sheffield.

I worked within NHS mental health services for 14 years. I completed my CBT training in 2011 and I have extensive experience of using CBT to help people work with emotional problems such as:

  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Panic attacks and agoraphobia
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Chronic worry (or Generalised Anxiety Disorder)
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Phobias
  • Health anxiety
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Body image difficulties
  • Some eating disorders
  • Perfectionism

I recognise just how difficult it can be to ask for help and to start a course of therapy. I believe it is important to provide a safe and supportive environment and establish a trusting therapeutic relationship from the outset. This can help people to take the necessary steps that will ultimately reduce emotional distress and improve the quality of their lives. CBT focuses on helping people to develop a better understanding of their difficulties and learn new ways of thinking and acting. I adopt a compassionate, non-judgmental, and collaborative approach with all patients.

I am also a qualified supervisor and have provided clinical supervision to individual therapists and groups, from trainees to more experienced therapists. I am a teacher, tutor, and clinical supervisor on two IAPT courses at the University of Sheffield: The Postgraduate Diploma in High Intensity Psychological Interventions, which trains future CBT Therapists, and the Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Interventions, which trains future Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs). I am also a teacher on the Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Practice in Education Settings, which trains Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) working within schools helping children of all ages. Furthermore, I am the Programme Director for the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision.

I have enjoyed delivering workshops and career talks to local universities and to the public. I also acted as a discussant for a symposium on ‘IAPT and Primary Care’ and delivered a workshop at the 2019 BABCP national conference. The title of the workshop was ‘Maximising your effectiveness as a CBT Therapist’. Indeed, spreading the word of CBT and that mental health matters is something I am very passionate about.

Price per session: £100

CBT & EMDR Yorkshire Psychotherapy
Heather Laverack
My experience is varied and I have been privileged to work with brave and courageous people from many different types of backgrounds and cultures who have had a range of difficulties that they have sought help for.

These have included; OCD, Trauma / PTSD, GAD, Health Anxiety, Social Phobia, Panic and Depression. I have a particular interest in Eating Disorders and currently work at a specialist eating disorder service.

I am qualified in a number of therapies including, Counselling, CBT, EMDR, CBASP, Mindfulness and CFT.

My approach is to create a safe space to reach a shared understanding with people of their problems that are impacting on them. Helping them improve the quality of their lives by learning and developing strategies to move forward now and for their future.

I am a fully accredited member of BABCP and undertake regular clinical supervision and CPD to develop and further my skills to ensure I can offer the most appropriate, timely and effective interventions.

Price per session: £100

CBT & EMDR Yorkshire Psychotherapy
Patricia Eschoe
I am an BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (CBT), an Accredited CBT Clinical Supervisor, an Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Psychotherapist, Cognitive Behavioural Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), a Person Centred Counsellor and a Counselling Supervisor.

I have a wide range of knowledge, skills and experience of working in both general and mental health settings within the NHS over 28years, and also in the voluntary and private sector. My mental health psychotherapy work includes, Lead Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist in Primary care & IAPT NHS, CBT in NHS Secondary care & Early Intervention, and CBT in an NHS pain management unit. My experience additionally includes working as a therapist in a rape & sexual abuse service, a therapist for survivors of torture, a co-ordinator in a women’s psychotherapy & counselling service, a therapist for staff & students in a 6th Form College and a therapist for staff & students in a University Counselling and psychotherapy service.

I currently provide CBT, working with individuals experiencing a broad range of common mental health difficulties, including trauma, anxiety disorders, work related stress, depression, and pain management, and I additionally provide EMDR for trauma related problems.

I never underestimate what it takes for individuals to contact a therapist, and I have much respect and admiration for the courage demonstrated by clients during the process of therapy. I hold a strong belief in the CBT and EMDR evidence based approaches, when they are assessed as appropriate to meet the client’s psychological and emotional needs, and I have regularly evidenced clients’ achievements, and positive change, throughout the therapeutic contact.

Price per session: £100

CBT & EMDR Yorkshire Psychotherapy
Paul Carter
I started out my career in Mental Health as a Registered Mental Nurse, qualifying in 1992, working in most clinical areas, and finishing my Nursing career in Substance Misuse inpatient Services, but always felt drawn towards a career in Psychology.

After my BSc(Hons) Psychology, I embarked on my Psychotherapy training with the University of Manchester, graduating with a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy in 2004.

Since then, I have worked in Service Development roles in Severe and Enduring Mental Health and worked in Senior roles in the NHS Primary and Secondary Care Psychology Services, and as a Consultant Psychotherapist in Forensic Psychiatry, successfully developing a Psychotherapy department and service in a Secure Hospital. I have also worked as Modality Lead in an NHS IAPT Service, and for a time in full time Private Practice. I currently work in Secondary Care Psychology for complex psychological presentations.

I have worked with most psychological difficulties, and am comfortable treating adolescents and adults. I am also qualified in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (Parts I,II and III), and HCR-20 (Historical Clinical Risk). I have also completed my IAPT Supervisors Training (University of York), and have Clinically Supervised Post Graduate Psychotherapy Students, Clinical Psychology Trainees, and Medical Doctors completing Mental Health Training and Psychotherapy Training. I am also experienced in providing training, teaching, and have co-presented a Psychological model of Compulsive Buying at the BABCP Conference in Exeter.

I strongly believe in a good strong therapeutic relationship based on trust, respect and equality in sessions. I want people to be heard, and I believe in achieving a shared understanding of a problem as being a strong foundation to successful treatment.

Price per session: £100

CBT & EMDR Yorkshire Psychotherapy
Bimla Heera
I have qualifications in Adult Mental Health Nursing and in General Nursing. Over the last 20 years or so I have worked with families, children and the extended family.

I have an interest in multi-cultural trans-generational issues that affect the family functioning on a daily basis; and how this can affect the ability to sustain and improve relationships within the family. As a Mental Health Nurse I have a good understanding of how cultural and trans-generational issues can affect the mental health of all family members.

As a General Nurse I also have a good idea of how physical ill health can impact on an individuals and their family.

I also have an interest in trauma and have helped many adults to understand themselves from a trauma perspective; furthermore I have treated many individuals using trauma focussed therapeutic models.

Given my experience I can draw upon the many therapeutic models such as psychotherapeutic models, such as Eye movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution focussed therapies Cognitive behavioural Therapy and family based interventions to improve the wellbeing of individuals and the family members.

I am able to work with couples who are finding their own situation difficult trying to balance their own beliefs and incorporating the needs of their extended family members.

Price per session: £125

CBT & EMDR Yorkshire Psychotherapy
Geri Richardson
I am a Senior Psychological Therapist with over thirty years experience of working with people experiencing emotional and psychological difficulties.

Working with children, young people and adults with a wide range of emotional and psychological problems including:

  • CBT
  • Counselling
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing)
  • Systemic family therapy
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • Work related stress
  • Bereavement and life threatening illness
  • Trauma
  • Addiction
  • Attachment issues
  • Adoption
  • Fostering
  • Cancer and Long-Term Health Conditions

I am an accredited member of the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapists (BABCP) and the Health Care Professions Council ( HCPC). I have received additional training in Systemic Family work, Compassion Focused Therapy, EMDR and Long Term Health conditions. I have significant experience of working with young people and adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, eating disorders, cancer and bereavement. I consider myself to be an integrative practitioner adopting a collaborative treatment approach being very much guided by a persons understanding of their difficulties. I have worked in the NHS, Local Authority and the Voluntary sector. She has also provided therapy in an Occupational Health Team.

I have for many years worked in Child and Adolescent mental health and until recently was the Clinical Lead of a community eating disorder service. I have also worked in an addiction treatment centre engaging in therapy with patients and their families. I currently work part time with people experiencing long term health conditions and a 16 + Eating Disorder Service as well as in a University Health Service. I also provide psychological consultation to Adoptive parents and Foster Carers as well as to professionals working within this area.

I have additional training and qualifications in supervision and provide this to both qualified and therapists in training.

Price per session: £100

CBT & EMDR Yorkshire Psychotherapy
Jackie Orme
Hi, I’m Jackie, a Senior CBT (DBT/CFT/ACT) Therapist and EMDR practitioner.

I really enjoy getting to know people and helping them understand how they can make their lives better. My main goal is to help people to perform better by improving a problem, a condition or how they can aspire to achieve what they want from life.

Evidence based treatments are all about results. I undertake helping people reach their full potential safely and collaboratively. Of paramount importance is that therapy works for you and helps you to thrive not just survive! People recovering from a clinical mental health condition or those restricted from reaching their full potential in their work, study, social lives, and relationships all can be helped and enabled by the therapy I can deliver.

Formulating an effective and efficient way of helping you to achieve your goals, is one of the keys to a successful treatment. Having worked in mental health and psychotherapy for over 30 years in the NHS and private practice as a therapist, trainer, consultant, and supervisor, I have acquired, developed and fine-tuned the required skills set and experience allowing me to do so.

The other key is to establish a highly collaborative and mutually committed relationship with you, where you feel safe, held, understood and coached to take on board changes that require courage, as this is where real results are found.

I am passionate about therapy, and my particular interest is to help people who may have had other unhelpful experiences. These could be a previous negative experience with CBT, with other forms of therapy or being new to therapy. It is not uncommon that people in these situations are sceptical, uncertain, or fearful perhaps of what to expect, or what change and therapy may involve.

If you believe now is the time to change and you are prepared to venture with someone who wants to guide and mentor you and is equally excited at the prospect of being there to help I am the therapist you might be looking for.

Price per session: £100
Evenings and weekends: £125

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