A Guide to CBT Counselling

Dr Emma Gray, Clinical Psychologist

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Dr Emma Gray is the Lead Clinical Psychologist at The British CBT & Counselling Service. You can watch her on YouTube, follow her on Instagram and read her blog for information, support and tips on dealing with mental health problems, relationships, fertility, parenting and other life problems and challenges.

What made you want to be Psychologist?
If I am honest it wasn’t my idea! A teacher suggested it might be an interesting career and I didn’t have any other ideas so……. I am really grateful to that teacher, this is a great job.

What made you want to be Psychologist?
If I am honest it wasn’t my idea! A teacher suggested it might be an interesting career and I didn’t have any other ideas so……. I am really grateful to that teacher, this is a great job.

What is the best part of the job for you?
I love helping people to make sense of what they are struggling with, work out a plan to help them move forward and then support them until they get where they want to be. It’s quite a privilege to go on that journey with someone.

If there was one piece of advice you would give to someone struggling in their life what would it be?
Start by looking after yourself, whatever you are facing you will be in a much better position to deal with it if you are comfortable and feel cared for.

If you weren’t a Psychologist, what would you like to do?
I would love to be a Yoga teacher, some of the things that the experts can do with their bodies are unbelievable. Yoga also has some amazing health benefits including improving the immune system, calming the nervous system and apparently it makes you live longer. I would love to submerge myself in it.

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Dr Catherine Huckle is a Clinical Psychologist and founder of Epsom Psychology, and a Teaching Fellow at the University of Surrey on the Clinical Psychology training programme. You can follow her on Instagram for tips and ideas on maintaining psychological wellbeing, recovering from mental illness and building resilience.

What made you want to be a Psychologist?

I think it started with a curiousness about people and an interest in why people do what they do. As a teenager I was fascinated with crime drama like ‘Silence of the Lambs’ and ‘Cracker’ for that reason. Nowadays I like helping people to make sense of where they are and what’s going on for them, by putting together all the bits of the puzzle.

Behaviours

Behaviours are our observable actions, the things that we do, and so more often than not, the easiest of the three components to identify.

What is the best part of the job for you?

I really enjoy that light bulb moment that sometimes happens in therapy, when someone realises something about themselves or their situation that is a game changer. I also like looking back at the progress people have made through therapy, and helping them to recognise their hard work.

If there were one piece of advice you would give to someone struggling in their life what would it be?

Talk to someone. It doesn’t have to be a professional; it can be a friend, family member, neighbour, colleague… Someone that you trust. A different perspective (or even just the process of saying your thoughts out loud) can make most situations feel different.

If you weren’t a psychologist, what would you like to do?

I’d like to be an investigative journalist – asking lots of questions and figuring out the story. I suppose it’s not that different to being a psychologist!

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About Us

At the British CBT & Counselling Service, we are Doctors of Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychologists & CBT Therapists specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for adults and children.

We can help anyone experiencing all types of mental health problems including addiction, anxiety, bereavement, depression, eating disorders, PTSD, relationship problems, stress and other distressing emotional problems.

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