Dean WatkinsCognitive Behvioural Therapist
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I initially qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 1998 and was first exposed to CBT during my nurse training. These experiences had a big influence on my career development and I started training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in 2002. I trained in the use of cognitive and behavioural therapies for anxiety disorders and depression, and then in 2005 went on to complete an additional Post-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy for severe mental health problems, including personality disorders and psychosis.
In training with more complex problems I was introduced to a wide range of therapy approaches within the CBT family, one of which was Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which I developed a strong interest in and have continued to train in and use over the last 10 years. ACT uses acceptance and mindfulness based skills to help facilitate desired behaviour change in the service of personal goals and improved quality of life. In the USA, ACT has been recognised as an empirically supported treatment for chronic pain by the American Psychological Association, Society of Clinical Psychology (Div. 12): http://www.div12.org/psychological-treatments/disorders/chronic-or-persistent-pain/acceptance-and-commitment-therapy-for-chronic-pain/
My speciality area is in working with the anxiety disorders and related problems, using a brief, structured and collaborative approach. I am committed to providing an approach that is clear, effective and robust, and that provides you with the necessary skills and understanding to bring about lasting change.
I am a very committed and enthusiastic therapist, with a lot of experience. In addition to my qualifications (listed below), I keep up to date with developments in CBT, and work on developing my skills through attending workshops and trainings in areas such as anxiety disorders, depression, chronic pain, mindfulness, ACT, motivational interviewing.
Training and Qualifications:
British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) Accredited Therapist 2006
Diploma in Cognitive Therapy for Severe Mental Health Problems – University of Southampton 2005
Diploma in Cognitive Approaches to Counselling & Psychotherapy – Goldsmiths University of London 2004
Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing (Mental Health) – 1998 – University of Plymouth