People are sometimes concerned about the idea of getting some help from a psychologist. They may see this as a sign of weakness; of admitting failure and of saying publicly that they are not good enough. My experience is so different.  It takes courage and strength for any of us to recognise that we could do with some extra help. It takes even more courage and strength to ask for it and it takes the most courage and strength to actually take help.

I work with people who may be experiencing any or all of a wide range of difficulties and who decide that ‘enough is enough’ and they want to learn some skills to develop and strengthen their ability to cope better with whatever situation they are in.

I first came across cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) in 1988 and wondered why people needed to have severe difficulties before they learned what I saw as being very simple, practical tools. Would it not make a difference to teach these skills earlier as a means of preventing more serious difficulties? Over the past 25 years I have specialised in teaching the basic principles of CBT to people to help them understand the difficulties and challenges they experience and to learn practical tools they then use to become more understanding towards themselves and to improve the quality of their lives. I have developed a three step process called the ‘Coping Triangle’ (Hayes, 2006, 2011), which is my way of explaining the basic principles of CBT.

This video will give you an idea of what I have learned about depression and how I use what I learn to help others.