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What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?



Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT is often called talking therapy. Rather than treating clients with medication, the expert psychologist works with the client to help the client understand their emotions and thoughts (cognitions); and the link between these and there psychologically unhealthy behaviour. Effective CBT aims to bring about lasting change, the client is advised to practice the techniques on an ongoing basis even after the initial therapy sessions have concluded so that the behavioural change to more positive attitudes becomes a way of life and results in constructive changes in behaviour that consequently reduce or eliminate the mental distress that the client was suffering from.


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Does CBT Work?



There is a significant research base that shows that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can be very effective in treating a wide variety of psychological or psychiatric symptoms. The treatment is widely recommended because of its effectiveness throughout the National Health Service and by leading private health insurers. Our expert psychologists provide CBT in a variety of settings. Our expert psychologists have found that CBT is most effective when the client takes an active role in the therapy and commits to thoroughly completing work in between sessions.


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What Happens in Your Expert Psychologist's CBT Sessions?



Our approach to CBT is to work with clients to resolve specific problems causing them mental distress. Our expert psychologists provide a clear framework and clear structure based on evidence-based research activities to help each client solve their issues. Our expert psychologists focus on solutions and the future rather than trying to rewrite the past. The therapeutic stance that we adopt in cognitive behavioural therapy is collaborative ― to empower and enable our clients rather than to create ongoing dependency on our expert psychologists.




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Who Manages Advanced Assessments' Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Practice?



The Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Practice is led by Dr Bernard Horsford, PhD, D Occ Psych, MBA, M.Sc, LLB, BA, DipAdEd, DipM, FCIPD, MAPM, MIoD, FIC, MAE, C Psychol, AFBPsS



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Qualifications



  • 22/10/16 – 08/08/17 University of Huddersfield: MSc Investigative Psychology (Forensic Psychology), distinction

  • 22/10/11 – 12/12/13 BPP Law School: Postgraduate Diploma, Bar Professional Training Course, very competent

  • 01/09/98 – 13/06/03 Cranfield University: PhD Applied Psychology

  • 01/10/01 – 01/08/03 Birkbeck College: University of London: LLB (Hons) Law

  • 05/09/93 – 12/07/96 University of East London: Professional Doctorate in Occupational Psychology

  • 07/09/90 – 08/06/93 Manchester Business School: MBA

  • 31/10/85 – 18/03/93 Open University: BA(Hons) Psychology and Economics

  • 04/09/91 – 10/12/92 Nottingham Trent University: Professional Diploma in Marketing

  • 10/10/88 – 23/07/90 University of Nottingham: Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Education, teacher training

  • 02/09/88 – 05/11/90 De Montfort University: Professional Diploma in Personnel Management



Membership of Professional Institutions



  • The Association of Black Psychologists, 2018

  • American Psychological Association, 2015

  • Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, full member 2015

  • Expert Witness Institute, Member, 2014

  • The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, Barrister, called 2013

  • Academy of Experts, Member (number 2994) 2011

  • Employment Law Bar Association, 2010

  • Bar Association for Commerce Finance and Industry, 2010

  • Administrative Law Bar Association, 2010

  • Association for Project Management, 2010

  • Institute of Consulting, Fellow, 2008 to date

  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Chartered Fellow 1998

  • British Psychological Society, Associate Fellow, 2015

  • British Psychological Society, Chartered Psychologist 1999

  • British Psychological Society, Full Member of the Division of Occupational Psychology, 1999

  • British Psychological Society, Special Group in Coaching Psychology, 2008

  • British Psychological Society, Full Member of the Division of Neuropsychology, 2015

  • British Psychological Society, Full Member of the Division of Academics, Researchers & Teachers in Psychology, 2015

  • British Psychological Society, Associate Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology, 2011

  • British Psychological Society, Associate Member of the Division of Child and Educational Psychology, 2011

  • British Psychological Society, Associate Member of the Division of Forensic Psychology, 2011

  • Institute of Directors, Member, 1994


Professional Courses



  • Colorado State Licensing Board, Mental Health Jurisprudence Examination, 2015

  • Human Sexuality Training, Psychceu.com (approved by the American Psychological Association) 2015

  • Child Abuse Training, Psychceu.com (approved by the American Psychological Association) 2015

  • Hogrefe, Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition, 2015

  • Hogrefe, Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised, 2015

  • Test User, Occupational Personality, Saville Consulting Wave, 2015

  • Euro Test User, Occupational, 2015

  • Forensic Test User, 2015

  • Assistant Forensic Test User, 2015

  • Pearson, Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV) Training, 2014

  • Pearson, Wechsler Memory Scale (WMS-IV) Training, 2014

  • American Psychiatric Association, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual 5 (DSM-5), 2014

  • IMA: Accelerating Implementation Methodology, 2014

  • Test User, Occupational Personality, Occupational Personality Questionnaire, 2012

  • Dr Craig Childress, Parental Alienation and Pathogenic Parenting Assessment, 2010

  • APM Group: Managing Successful Programmes Practitioner, 2009

  • APM Group: PRINCE2™ Project Management Practitioner, 2008

  • PAR Inc: Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI), 2007

  • AD&C: Assessment & Development Consultants, approved assessor, 2003

  • SHL: Design and implementation of Assessment and Development Centres, 2003

  • SHL: Motivation Questionnaire, 2003

  • Test User, Occupational Personality, 16 Personality Factor Questionnaire, 2000

  • Test User, Occupational Ability 1995

  • Assistant Test User, Occupational Ability, 1995



What Approach to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Does Dr Bernard Horsford Take?



Dr Bernard Horsford describes his approach to CBT as follows:



“My emphasis is on goal-directed cognitive behavioural therapy, and I work in partnership with clients to help them produce solutions to their problems themselves. My focus is on building client independence so that clients can go on and find answers for themselves without the input of an expert psychologist. Between each CBT session, there are CBT activities which each client completes and reflects on in preparation for the next cognitive behavioural therapy session.



The cognitive behavioural therapy sessions aim to be educative so that clients can understand how their emotions and cognitions interact to produce self-limiting or self-harmful behaviours and thoughts. Models and other therapy tools are provided for clients to understand how to manage the processes causing their underlying conditions.I have worked as a psychologist in a variety of clinical settings dealing with occupational, clinical and forensic issues. In these settings, I have provided individual and group therapy, crisis intervention and psychological assessment services. I have an extensive background in working with culturally diverse populations. My practice is geared towards adolescents and adults grappling with employment, personal, family work, educational or health issues. I also specialise in working with offenders. My organisational work focuses on dealing with mental health issues at work, occupational health psychology, work-related stress, developing wellbeing strategies and working with organisations to support individuals who have suffered psychological or psychiatric injury through organisational transformation programmes. As an expert witness, my medicolegal work is split between Claimants and Defendants.



I provide CBT mainly in London and Nottingham ― I offer face-to-face cognitive behavioural therapy and counselling. On-line and telephone CBT and counselling is available internationally if the client is suitable for this type of intervention.”



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What Psychological or Psychiatric Conditions Do You Treat In CBT



We treat the following mental health conditions and provide support for clients on issues which are not diagnosable illnesses but may cause psychological distress.



Top 30 Issues Addressed Through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy



  1. Depression

  2. Low Self-Esteem

  3. Anxiety

  4. Stress At Work

  5. Sleeping Difficulties/Insomnia

  6. Social Phobia

  7. Panic Attacks

  8. Anger Management

  9. Phobias (Including Agoraphobia)

  10. Discrimination In Employment

  11. Sexuality

  12. Reactions To Child Abuse

  13. Psychological/Psychiatric Injury Caused By Road Traffic Accidents

  14. Work-Related Psychological/Psychiatric Injury

  15. Bullying

  16. Anxiety In Returning To Work

  17. Drug And Alcohol Abuse

  18. Stress

  19. Bulimia

  20. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  21. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  22. Eating Disorders

  23. Weight Management

  24. Employee Wellbeing

  25. Work-Life Balance

  26. Work Coaching

  27. Leadership Development and Coaching

  28. Marriage and Relationship Problems

  29. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Parenting Training

  30. Trauma/Crisis Intervention



Do You Work with Private Healthcare Insurers for CBT?



In addition to taking clients privately on a self-funded basis, we also take referrals from several leading private healthcare insurers, including AXA PPP healthcare; Aviva; and Vitality Health. Please contact your insurer directly if you would like to be referred through them.




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