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“I find talking with individuals about what might be contributing to their distress to be a valuable and enriching process insofar as it leads to insight and relief. Whether this distress is due to chronic physical pain, relationship or employment stress, early life events, losses, or traumatic changes, I seek to provide a therapeutic space in which such experiences can be thought about with warmth and curiosity.”

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I have a particular interest in the convergence of different therapy approaches and in the link between bodily distress and emotional difficulties. I am interested in the practice of mindfulness and its use in clinical settings. I have used it with individual clients, with groups in the form of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and in teaching sessions for nursing and medical professionals. 

I have found that CPG provides, via its ethos, location and flexibility, an opportunity to work with clients who can make good use of therapy but who might otherwise feel unable to engage in it due to their other commitments.

Gareth draws on a range of evidence-based treatments to treat a wide range of problems, including depression, anxiety, and stress.

He uses third-wave cognitive behavioural therapies such as Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help clients shift perspective in relation to their distress, leading to relief and clarity where previously there had been a sense of hopelessness. He has completed specialist training in psychodynamic therapy which he uses to address problematic patterns in relationships that seem to persist or be repeated despite the upset they cause. 

Gareth has worked in the personality disorder service at the North East London NHS Foundation Trust, a child learning disabilities service, the sexual health service at Homerton Hospital, and as part of the Young Persons’ Consultation Service at the Tavistock & Portman clinics. 

In his NHS work, Gareth is currently involved with an innovative primary care service for people struggling with complex psychological difficulties and medically unexplained symptoms. This is part of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

Conference presentation:
Mindfulness and psychological approaches for inflammatory bowel disease, 12th National IBD Nurse Symposium

 
 
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