If you are looking for help to deal with anxiety, fears and phobias you can choose to receive treatment using high quality Cognitive Behavioural Therapy interweaved with the latest in Virtual Reality simulation technology. The Virtual Reality treatments use immersive software which is viewed through a headset in the comfort of the therapy room. It allows for gradual exposure to simulated versions of the situations you fear with the support of a therapist. You can be in control of the pace, repeating certain scenes and practicing interacting in feared situations, gradually increasing the challenge until your anxiety has reduced and you have developed a greater degree of tolerance for anxiety provoking situations.
The Virtual Reality Exposure programmes on offer include environments for the treatment of needle phobias, agoraphobia; claustrophobia; driving phobia; public speaking anxiety including opportunities for interview skills practice, addiction problems and fear of heights. Also available are interactive educational experiences which facilitate understanding and coping skills for adults and young people experiencing depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress. Our Virtual Reality software also facilitates the development of skills in relaxation, meditation and mindfulness.
My name is Michelle Benn and I've been working as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist for over 10 years, mainly with adults and more recently with young people in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Prior to that I worked in a range of community organisations as well as in further and higher education providing advice and support to people with mental health problems, asylum seekers, refugees, young homeless people and students. I have a wealth of experience to offer, not just from my work as a therapist, but from my experience of life.
I am a fully qualified therapist and have been accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) since 2013. I continue to work hard to develop my knowledge, understanding and skills both personally and professionally through reading about new research into psychological approaches, attending high quality training courses and by trying to practice in my own life the ideas and techniques I share with the people I work with.
I achieve results, helping people get a better handle on their lives, understanding themselves better, improving their relationships, sleeping better, developing the confidence to go for the promotion or relationship they have been wanting and learning to be more supportive and less critical of themselves. I have helped hundreds of people over the years to take steps in their lives towards what they value and achieve things they doubted were possible.
There are many therapists to choose from, many of whom are highly qualified and competent. It's about more than a therapist's experience and qualifications though, that's just part of the picture. Finding someone you trust and feel that you can talk to and be open with is essential in helping you get to a better place. The feedback I've received over the years from past clients which has stayed in my mind has been the comments people have made about feeling comfortable, understood, cared about and heard, sometimes for the first time. This matters because the relationships I have been part of creating have enabled people to feel comfortable enough to honestly explore their troubles, face their fears and to take the risk to do the work necessary for a more contented life.
I am a member of the British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies and hold full accredited status. I am also an approved therapist with:
You will be offered a free 15 minute telephone consultation which provides the opportunity to see whether CBT is the right therapy for you and for you to see if you would like to go ahead and book a session.
The cost of both assessment sessions and treatment sessions is £60 per 60 minute session.
All sessions using CBT with Virtual Reality are priced at £60 per 60 minute session.
Therapy arranged through insurance companies and referral agencies is usually charged at a higher rate than the fees charged to individuals because of the requirement for reports and additional administration. The fee is usually paid directly by the company.
Everything in my life seemed unmanageable, my head was in pieces, no clarity of mind, I was anxious, having panic attacks and unable to sleep. I sought Michelle out as her bio talked about...
I first contacted Michelle via email and received a response from her within an hour. Since our first appointment (the very next day) she has helped my mental wellbeing enormously. The sessions...
I worked with Michelle over several months on some long standing problems that were having a negative effect on my life. I had seen a few other therapists prior to this, and I had made some...
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