Dean Watkins

CBT, ACT, CFT Therapist

I'm a psychotherapist based in Rainham, offering both face to face and online therapy sessions for people struggling with problems such as Impostor Syndrome, Self-Doubt, Low Self-Esteem, Low Confidence, Perfectionism, Worry and Anxiety.

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EDUCATION

British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies - BABCP Accredited Therapist

Diploma in Compassion Focused Therapy - Compassionate Mind Foundation

BSc Hons in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - University of Derby

Diploma in Cognitive Therapy for Severe Mental Health Problems - University of Southampton

Diploma in Cognitive Approaches to Counselling & Psychotherapy - Goldsmiths, University of London

​Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing (Mental Health) - University of Plymouth

BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE

I initially qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 1998 and it was during my Nurse training that I was first exposed to CBT, seeing the benefits that it could bring to people struggling with anxiety and depression. These experiences had a big influence on me and as a consequence I went on to train as a CBT therapist.

As a mental health nurse I worked in a number of settings including on an adult acute ward in Greenwich, and at a Crisis Team / Home Treatment Team. These roles gave me a very good grounding in the impact that mental health problems can have. I also got to see how beneficial and important psychological interventions can be.

I started training as a CBT therapist in 2002 completing training at Goldsmiths, London, and University of Southampton. I was initially Accredited by the British Association for Behaviour & Cognitive Psychotherapist (BABCP) in 2006. This is the lead organisation for CBT in the UK.

Over the past 18 years I have worked as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, working with people struggling with a variety of problems including anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD, low self-esteem and stress. During this time I have developed a strong interest in brief therapy, looking to apply cognitive and behavioural methods that help to bring about desired change and reduced suffering as efficiently as possible. In addition I believe it is important people develop a clear understanding of the problem, the treatment model and the rationale for the different skills applied.

In addition to my training in CBT I have also undertaken extensive training in both Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), two approaches which have added a lot to my understanding of psychological suffering and how to work towards alleviating this.​

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