Emily Zarkow – Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

Emily ZarkowProfessional Title:
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

BSc, PGCE, MSc, PGCert, PGDip in CBT

Client Groups:
13 years old and up

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the most commonly used psychological therapies. It is a collaborative, goal-focused intervention which helps clients to: i) better understand how beliefs, thoughts and behaviours affect feelings and physical symptoms and ii) change thoughts and behaviours so as to improve emotional well-being. CBT theory suggests that personal experiences (often in childhood) can lead to negative views of ourselves, the world and other people. In certain situations these beliefs trigger negative thoughts to automatically pop into our minds, causing a downward spiral in mood. During CBT clients are helped to identify, record and challenge unhelpful or inaccurate thoughts (for example “perhaps he didn’t see me”). Effective strategies for managing difficult feelings and unpleasant physical symptoms are also taught including relaxation strategies and paced goal setting. Practical ‘behavioural experiments’ are also important in CBT; these give opportunities to systematically test out predictions in real life scenarios.

Emily is a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. She has worked within NHS services for many years with both adults and children who experience a broad range of psychological difficulties.

Emily holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from the University of Oxford. Alongside her private practice, Emily works as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist in Bristol for the charity ‘Off the Record’, and also supervises other therapists.

Emily holds an enhanced DBS check and has Provisional Accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BAPCP). This means she has met the stringent entry criteria and minimum training standards in cognitive behavioural therapy and is currently in the year following this recognition, after which Full Accreditation can be sought.

Areas of specialist interest
Emily is experienced in working with young people and adults who have mild to moderate difficulties with their mental health including depression and anxiety disorders such as OCD, health anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, panic, low self esteem, worry, and PTSD. She has also worked within substance misuse settings with those experiencing problems with addiction.

Therapeutic approach
Emily believes that that trust and rapport is a vital part of building a solid base for therapy and a platform for change. She aims to cultivate an open, supportive and safe environment where client and therapist can explore and learn from experiences together. She incorporates elements of solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness based techniques alongside Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Sessions are 50 minutes long, weekly and usually the same time each week. My fee is £60 per session.

Contact detailsemilybristolcbt@gmail.com

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