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Alison Hopkins

Alison Hopkins

BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist

Positive mental health and well-being is something I’m extremely passionate about and believe that everyone has the right to good mental health.

 

I’ve worked in the NHS for over two decades as a practitioner and senior service leader, specialising in mental health and well-being in my roles as an Occupational Therapist and as a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT). This has given me valuable insight and understanding of what positive mental health means for the individual, and invaluable experience I can draw on to support you.

 

I offer the following services:

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

CBT with exposure and response prevention

Trauma-focused CBT

Behavioural Activation 

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)

 

Conditions that I treat:

  • Stress

  • Panic attacks

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder

  • Social Anxiety

  • Health Anxiety

  • Worry

  • Phobias

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Depression

  • Sleep problems

  • Managing health conditions

  • Long Covid

  • Low confidence and self esteem

  • Low motivation 

You can learn more via my website https://www.alisonhopkinscbt.com/

 

Alison offers the following services:

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I have a postgraduate diploma in CBT and have practised this in NHS Talking Therapies for Anxiety and Depression Services (previously known as IAPT Improving Access to Psychological Therapies). During this time, I have helped thousands of clients to manage their anxiety and depression in a way that was right for them based on the NICE guidelines. This has also included me taking the lead for Long Term Conditions (including Long Covid) and safeguarding children, creating, developing and implementing care pathways as well as designing group programmes and delivering one-to-one treatment. 

 

CBT involves looking at your thoughts, feelings body sensations and behaviours to understand your difficulties. It focuses on the ‘here and now’ and is based on your goals for therapy. It is very collaborative with me working with and listening to understand your difficulties and teaching you practical ways to identify, challenge and replace unhelpful response patterns.

 

The range of techniques I can use in our sessions to enhance the effectiveness of treatment include behaviour activation, mindfulness, behavioural experiments, cognitive restructuring, exposure, and imaginal exposure. I am also trained in Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassionate Focus Therapy (CFT) which I can bring to therapy sessions to improve outcomes.

 

In addition, I am a qualified EMDR practitioner (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing) which uses bi-lateral simulation combined with talk therapy in a specific and structured format. It is primarily used with PTSD, though there is growing evidence it can be effective with other presentations such as phobias.

 

In my spare time, I am a keen athlete, training and competing in running and triathlon. I have a strong interest in physical activity and the positive impact it can have on mental health and created the NHS's first-ever 'Running to Better Health' programme – an innovative structured running programme that used physical activity alongside the provision of CBT strategies to improve wellbeing, based on NICE guidelines. The programme was covered in a feature I published in CBT Today magazine, detailing the course impact and benefits of physical activity for anxiety and depression.

 

 

Professional Qualifications

  • Diploma in Occupational Therapy

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) 

 

Professional Registration

  • Health and Care Professions Council

  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) - Fully Accredited Psychotherapist

  • EMDR UK

 

 

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Before I had a series of Bowen sessions I had lived with lower back pain and discomfort for over ten years. I chose the Bowen technique as I wanted to be treated by a practitioner who understood that the body is a whole system. The technique itself is not invasive or stressful on the body as the underlying approach is that with the right support, time and gentle encouragement the body can heal.

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