chartered clinical psychology / psychological therapy / cognitive analytic therapy - Dr Caroline Bunting
Dr Caroline Bunting is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with experience working with a wide range of difficulties, including stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD and abuse using a range of psychological models, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Health Coaching, Mindfulness and Solution Focused Therapy.
Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
I offer specialist expertise in Cognitive Analytic Therapy. CAT is a talking therapy that looks to develop an understanding of how a person thinks, feels and acts, and how this links to the events and relationships that form the basis for these experiences. These are often, but not always, considered from earlier in the person’s life, or from childhood. The therapist and individual then work together to further develop the understanding of the difficulties, how difficulties sometimes associated with past can still become apparent in normal everyday life, and in finding ways to make changes in feelings, thoughts or actions.
Once the understanding of the problem has begun, and difficulties recognised and named, then different techniques can be used to help the person make the changes that they want to make. The individual and therapist consider the different options together and find the ones best suited to that person, or that situation.
CAT has been demonstrated as effective in a wide range of clinical settings, for a wide range of emotional and physical health difficulties.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a talking therapy that focuses on how a person thinks about a situation and how this impacts on the way they act. In turn, our actions impact on how we think and feel. The therapist and client work together in changing the client’s behaviours, or their thinking patterns, or both of these. CBT is mainly concerned with how you think and act now, instead of looking at and getting help with difficulties in your past.
CBT has been proved to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions.
Health coaching involves an individual and their coach working together to find a way to make a sustainable behavioural change in a shared and meaningful goal, related to the physical or mental health of the individual concerned.
Health coaching draws on the principles of positive psychology, solution-focused therapy and motivational interviewing, with a focus on the rapport and trust held within the therapeutic relationship.
There are many overlapping features, but a difference between therapy and coaching is that the focus of therapy is usually on understanding and changing a problem whilst coaching focuses on the solution.
Specific conditions treatable:
Personality issues / disorders; eating disorders; stress; anxiety; depression; PTSD; abuse and trauma; relationships; complex grief and bereavement; phobias; life-style changes.
Benefits of therapy:
Clinical psychologists have extensive training in assessing a range of psychological difficulties and determining the most appropriate form of help. Your initial appointment is an opportunity for you to talk about your current difficulties and how you would like help in order to move forward.
Psychologists will consider the information you give us from a wide perspective and draw on a range of psychological theories and knowledge. This would allow us to develop an understanding of the nature of the difficulty or situation, how it has developed, how it is being maintained and continuing to cause concerns, and the implications of what this might mean in terms of finding the right type of help for you to change, manage or move on from the situation.
Caroline has the following professional accreditations:
• Practitioner Psychologist, registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).
• Chartered Member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS); Division of Clinical Psychology.
• Accredited CAT Practitioner and CAT Supervisor with ACAT (Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy).
All of her work is bound by professional codes of conduct, and Caroline is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office, ensuring that she gives a confidential service that adheres to the Data Protection Act.
How it works:
People often don’t know what to expect when they go to a first therapy or assessment appointment. A lot of people can feel anxious and unsure and it can be difficult to discuss personal issues or difficulties, therefore it is important that I do my best to create a safe, confidential and supportive space for you to come to meet with me.
Your first appointment would be an assessment. This is usually longer than regular sessions to let you have time to feel comfortable. I will ask you to complete some basic administration forms, and will ask you to complete a general (and brief) questionnaire about anxiety symptoms, and one about depression symptoms. I do this as these symptoms are often present even if they are not the main reason you have come for help.
I then ask you to tell me the reasons you have come to meet with me, what it is you would like help with and how you might like me to help you.
Following the assessment, we discuss together how we think I can best help you, and if you think that this is something you would like to do. You do not need to know, or have chosen any particular type of therapy or intervention before your first meeting. If you are unsure, or do not know, then I will be able to advise you and make recommendations based on your situation and your needs.
If you decide that you would like to receive help from me, we then arrange a series of appointments, usually weekly, and usually lasting between 50 minutes and an hour. I will endeavour to start the intervention with you as soon as possible.
The nature of these sessions will then vary depending on the type of intervention that we have agreed is best suited to your needs.
What happens in a session:
The detail of what happens in a session will vary depending on the type of therapy you are receiving, and at the stage of the therapy. Broadly speaking, the earlier phases of therapy include more assessment, including discussion of the problem that has led you to seek help and possibly discussion of earlier or other aspects of your life.
Later therapy sessions are based on developing the understanding of the development and maintenance of the problems, and then using this information to seek ways to make changes in your life.
The end stages of therapy are likely to include a review of progress made, planning for the future and how you will manage remaining or potential difficulties post-therapy, and consideration of how you can continue to make or maintain progress using your own resources.
All sessions are based around a discussion between you and the therapist. Occasionally there may be questionnaires to complete, ideas may be drawn out on paper and reading / tasks may be suggested for you to complete between appointments.
Length of session:
Initial consultation: 90 mins
Regular sessions: 50-60 mins
Monday and Friday, times vary
Prices per session:
Initial Consultation (individual) £115
Individual sessions from £65 depending on therapy offered
Sessions for couples: from £75 depending on therapy offered
Concession rates available
Discounts (up to 15%) available for treatment packages paid in advance
Phone: 01787 28 28 24
Text / mobile: 07436 530 191
If I am unable to receive your call immediately please leave a voice message and I will return your call as soon as I am able.
I will do my best to respond within 48 hours of your initial telephone, text or email contact.