Our experiences growing up can certainly have an impact and shape who we are as adults. However, we all have the capacity to change. Through a process of understanding, learning, healing and growth, psychotherapy can lead to a profound sense of well-being and meaning in our lives, and help us discover who we are and how we want to live our life.
But delving into the past is not the only route to living more satisfyingly in the present. For some people this forms an essential part of the therapy, but for others, staying with the here and now, working with how we are in the present, exploring new ways of dealing with the struggles we are facing today, is the key to change.
Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) are based on the idea that our thoughts about an event, rather than the actual event itself, cause us ‘emotional disturbance’ rather than external events such as people, situations and events.
In other words, it’s not the event that causes your unhealthy emotions — it’s how you interpret and perceive that event. The benefit of this insight is that you can change the way you think so that you feel and act better, even if the situation hasn’t changed…
I am a Behavioural Psychologist with degrees in Nutrition (BSc/MSc), Psychology (MPsy) and Mental Health (PhD).
After working with nutrition patients for a few years, I came to realise that behavioural change was more important than giving advice on what to eat or what not the eat. So, I carried on with my studies in Psychology and Mental Health.
While I still have a strong interest in how certain nutrients, or lack of them, affect us from a mental health point of view, my main specialty now is in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy for anxiety.
I focus on stress, anxiety (performance anxiety, social anxiety), generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
I also still run occasional Mindful Eating and Food and Mood workshops. Mindful eating helps you change your relationship with food by changing your behaviour around food.
We’ll start by having an initial session which is an opportunity for you to begin to explore the issues that you are struggling with — as well as getting to know me and how I work — and giving me a chance to get to know you. After this initial session you can decide if you would like to continue working with me and if so, we will book a series of sessions. We’ll review our work together regularly so that you and I can both ensure that you’re getting what you want out of our time together.
Fiona Wilkinson, MPsy, PhD
- BSc/MSc Clinical Nutrition
- MPsy Health & Behavioural Psychology
- PhD Mental Health
- Certificate in Counselling and Ethics
- Diploma in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
I adhere to the standards of conduct, performance and ethics set out by the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). I’m an associate member of the British Psychological Society and keep up-to-date with current studies and research. I am also an associate member of the National Counselling Society. I have regular supervision and have full professional indemnity insurance. I also hold an Enhanced CRB Disclosure Certificate.