You may have seen an introduction to a new therapist in town a little while ago at Bude and Beyond. I thought it might be nice, as I’m new to the area, to introduce myself properly.
My name’s Michelle Parrington, I’m 35, originally from Cheshire in the North West of England, but I’ve lived in Devon and Cornwall for 11 years in total now. I’m a friendly, down to earth person and I love meeting and helping new people. I offer cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) and am based in a private room, with its own waiting area, above Shine At Nine in the centre of Bude. It’s a beautifully renovated building and makes for a lovely, relaxing therapy space. And as it opens till late, I’m able to offer evening appointments.
I’m fully qualified; I have a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree from The University of Exeter, a Post-Graduate Certificate in CBT-based interventions from The University of Exeter, a Post-Graduate Diploma in CBT from the University of Chester and training in interpersonal psychotherapy certified by IPT-UK. I have lots of experience working within mental health and have worked for the NHS for the past 7 years.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) are therapies offered by the NHS as they’ve been recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), who review all the research and advise the government on the best treatments to offer. CBT and IPT are the two therapies recommended for depression and CBT is also the recommended therapy for anxiety, along with relaxation and a therapy called eye movement and desensitisation reprocessing (EMDR), which is a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
NICE recommend that CBT is offered by fully qualified and supervised cognitive behavioural therapists. You can ensure that a therapist meets these standards by looking for accreditation by the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), which is something that I have.
CBT looks at the connections between thoughts (or ‘cognitions’), feelings and behaviours. It works by changing unhelpful thinking and behaviour patterns. It is helpful for most issues with low mood/stress/anxiety, including low confidence, social anxiety, worrying, panic, PTSD and OCD. Interpersonal psychotherapy looks at the connection between life changes (such as relationship breakdown, retirement, or bereavement), or problems in interpersonal relationships, and depression. It may focus on processing feelings of loss, or address conflict with a significant other, and learn ways to move forward positively.
If you’d like to find out more about what I offer or arrange an appointment, you can visit www.connections-psychotherapy.co.uk, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, message me on Facebook – just search “connections psychotherapy”, or you can phone me for a chat on 07957180654. I work for the NHS on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, but if you leave/send me a message, I will get back to you as soon as I can.
It can be really daunting thinking of meeting a new therapist, but I will do my best to make sure you feel at ease. I look forward to hearing from you.