Ruth Parchment

Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapist, BABCP Accredited
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from Buckinghamshire New University; Diploma in Psychology from The Open University; Postgraduate Certificate with merit in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies from Liverpool John Moores University; Level 2 Provisional Accreditation from British Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Psychotherapies, Membership #161003

I draw on personal and professional experience in working therapeutically with diverse sexualities, including: individuals that may identify as LGBTQIA, poly/ ethically non-monogamous. I have completed training with Pink Therapy on working with Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity (GSRD) as a GSRD identified clinician. The main approach that I work with is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, a practical approach which focuses on changing problematic thinking styles and behaviour patterns through the use of solutions, tools and techniques. If you are hoping to make changes fairly quickly and acquire direct solutions to your difficulties then CBT is a great option: most clients notice a change within six sessions and are able to see significant improvements within 10-12 sessions. My previous experience includes working for the NHS alongside private practice.

I am experienced in treating various presentations including: Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Health Anxiety, Phobias, OCD, Social Anxiety, Body Dysmorphia, Perfectionism, Low self- esteem, PTSD, Trauma, Relationship difficulties and also Long-Term Physical Health Conditions. I utilise a transdiagnostic approach, integrating CBT models and formulations with processes that occur across disorders. This for example includes working with processes such as and Rumination and Intolerance of Uncertainty as well as painful emotions such as Shame and Guilt. Further to this, I have found it effective to incorporate third wave approaches such as Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance Skills into my clinical work. Central within my practice is the belief that effective therapy is flexible and able to address the unique difficulties that individuals present. I am interested in how dominant discourses can shape people’s lives in destructive ways. This includes, experiences of oppression, shame and identity. In the context of therapy this can mean exploring stories of the self, helping individuals externalise their difficulties and co-authoring new narratives.

I am based in South and Central Cambridge and am also able to offer sessions and via the telephone.


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