I have been working in the health care professions for 35 years ago. I first trained as a Registered Nurse for people with Learning Disabilities (RNLD) in the 1980s. This is when my interest in psychology began.
I completed a Bachelor degree in Human Psychology at Loughborough University in 1993, and stayed on to do a Ph.D. I researched how the identities of people with profound learning disabilities, who cannot talk, are maintained across a transition from hospital to a community setting. As part of my research I introduced life story books to document stories about the person in order to maintain a sense of their identity. I continue to integrate life story and narrative approaches to all aspects of my clinical and academic work, and have written articles and a book on the subject.
In 1998 I entered the realm of nurse education at the University of Nottingham. Initially, this was on a part-time basis until I became a full-time lecturer in Mental Health and Social Care in 2006.
I wanted to return to clinical work and was afforded the opportunity to train as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist by my School, being part of the first cohort of the Postgraduate Diploma in CBT in 2009. I became the Course Director of the CBT training programmes at the University of Nottingham, and actively contributed to the teaching and clinical supervision of the CBT trainees. I led the course for 6 years.
My own clinical practice in CBT crosses Primary and Secondary care provision and private practice. I had an honorary contract with Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust for 6 years, working in the Department of Psychological Medicine at Queens Medical Centre. The presenting problems were complex and covered a broad range of Medically Unexplained Symptoms (MUS) and Long-term Conditions (LTC).
I moved back into a full-time clinical role within IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) in the NHS during 2018, as Cognitive Behavioural Therapist for Trent PTS. In this Primary Care Service I see 25 patients a week with moderate to severe mental health problems for short-term CBT treatment.
Moya CBT combines my 30 plus years of healthcare and academic experience to provide private treatment, clinical supervision and consultancy. I am passionate about CBT and I wish to help and encourage others in their journey, whether that be to personal recovery or to becoming a CBT Therapist.
I am a married mum with three children and have lived in the Loughborough area for 30 years since my university days. I am committed to providing a high quality psychological therapy service in this town.
Registered Nurse (Learning Disabilities) RN(LD) – 1989 Derby School of Nursing
B.Sc. (Hons) Human Psychology – 1993 Loughborough University
Ph.D. in Discursive Psychology – 1997 Loughborough University
Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) – 2008 University of Nottingham
Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – 2011 University of Nottingham
Membership of Professional Bodies
Registered Nurse (LD) – Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
Chartered Psychologist – British Psychological Society (BPS)
Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist – British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP)