Psychologist & Cognitive BehaviouralTherapist
Bramley, Guildford in Surrey
Hi, my name is Mandy. I’m a fully qualified Psychologist/CBT therapist with over 25 years’ experience in the mental health field. I completed a five-year Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. Minor subjects included two years of Private Law and one year of French, and Communications (journalism)respectively. I also undertook a further four years of study in the UK to gain accreditation in the UK. I’m a published Author, fluent in French, and have helped many people over the years to live more fulfilling lives. I offer online therapy as well as face-to-face therapy when possible.
I am especially interested in childhood trauma and the effects this can have on an individual for the remainder of their life. Trauma affects how a person sees themself and the world and the distorted perceptions create a hell of a lot of trouble! These can range from anxiety and depression to personality disorders. PTSD can affect adult relationships and the opportunities to self-actualise.
I have come a long way since my teens/twenties when I was depressed, emotionally ‘all-over-the-place’ and very insecure. I wish I could say I never feel insecure or experience self doubt anymore but at least I am a vastly improved version of my younger self in terms of self awareness, mental resilience and knowing what makes me happy (most of the time).
This blog is all about the lessons I have learned along the way- personally and professionally, the mistakes I’ve made and the trial and error process of life. Learning all the time!
A tricky childhood and some challenging health issues along the way have given me a deeper perspective on life. Being so aware of how easily life can end, has motivated me to be more present in my life and to take life less seriously.
What is cognitive behavioural therapy?
My upbringing, depression and health issues have been partly responsible for my success in counselling others. Dealing with trauma and successfully navigating life’s challenges has definitely helped me to be more empathic towards others. I use a mixture of psycho-dynamic counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy as well as my own personal blend of compassion, personal life experience and empathy.
I also offer a bespoke mental health service to those requiring therapy in the privacy of their own homes. I am also able to make referrals where necessary and provides comprehensive support for those seeking help on issues such as: Anxiety such as social anxiety, health anxiety and generalized anxiety disorder), addiction, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and psychosis.
FEEDBACK FROM CLIENTS:
“A few years back, Mandy was a guest on a podcast I listened to regularly, and her words literally saved me. I ran and got a pen, rewound the podcast, wrote down her advice, and carried it in my wallet. Anytime I felt discomfort I would pull out her words- reading them snapped me out of it. To this day, they still help. Recently I googled her, loved her website, and what do you know- SHE DOES ZOOM SESSIONS. They’re awesome. Mandy gives me the most practical, applicable feedback. We are very focused in our sessions, and I come out of them a better person each time. Her technique is the perfect balance of analysis and action; the tools she gives me have a calming effect and I feel almost immediate relief. Mandy is really helping me to level up my life on all fronts; it’s well worth the time and money and I’m so glad I work with her.”
After having visited two initial therapists and leaving confused and underwhelmed it was third time lucky for me as I came across Mandy and my faith was restored. Mandy has a way of asking the right questions, with no judgement but with enough understanding to allow us really to get to the heart of the issue. I learned a lot about myself and have returned a number of time when i need support particularly in navigating relationships.
“I honestly cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for me. I can 100% say that if it wasn’t for you and all of your support and wonderful advice I would have completely screwed it all up by now. I have learnt so much from you….it has been absolutely invaluable ” A.K. NOV 2016
“I will never use another therapist again after finding Mandy – she is brilliant”. G,I. 2015
“After trying a few counsellors, I was very pleased to find Mandy. A straight forward no-nonsense approach that has helped me sort my life out. S.S July 2014
“Mandy was referred by a friend and I am amazed at how much the sessions have helped me. I cannot thank her enough for her support. Chris.D” September 2013
“Mandy is understanding, never judges and has been incredibly effective in helping me move forward. Thank you” G.B. March 2013
“I can tell Mandy anything and always feel better once I have seen her”
T.K. March 2013
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If you wish to contact me for one-to-one counselling/psychotherapy you can use the contact form on this website or visit my business website for more information and contact details:
Autobiographical book published in 2004 “Destination Delinquency?” . I blog (almost) daily about my experiences and insights into the psychology of humans covering topics on life, love and relationships.
My autobiographical book was published in 2004.
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I accept clients paying privately as well as clients with health insurance. I am a recognized Cognitive Behavioural Therapy provider: recognised by BUPA, Aviva, AXA and VitaHealth insurance companies.