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Joyce Speed

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

I am an experienced, fully accredited and qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, with the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), the regulatory body for CBT in the United Kingdom. I adhere to the BABCP Ethical Framework and work within their Code of Ethics. I have over 25 years’ experience of helping people with psychological and emotional difficulties. I have worked as a CBT therapist, within the NHS, private, voluntary sector and GP surgeries. My work within the NHS involved working within IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) services as a CBT therapist, within Ipswich and London.

I have a wide breath of clinical knowledge and experience, and have worked across a broad spectrum of clinical areas within mental health. I have experience of working with adolescence and adults with common mental health problems, (See Problems CBT can help with). both within a primary and secondary care setting, and knowledge and experience of working with clients from a diverse range of backgrounds. I have also worked as a CBT therapist  supporting large corporate organisations with employer assisted return to work programmes. I maintain an active interest in developments in CBT and regularly attend conferences and specialist CBT training events.

I believe that we all need someone to talk to, when we are feeling distressed or struggling with difficulties in life, it helps to have someone to walk that journey with you. My aim therefore is to build a sound therapeutic working relationship with you, and to provide a safe place for you to share and discuss your difficulties, without feeling judged. As well as teach you CBT skills that will help you to make lasting changes in the way that you think, the way you feel and behave, so that you can have and enjoy a better quality of life.

Training and qualifications

I trained and qualified as registered nurse in 1985, and trained and qualified as registered mental health nurse (RMN) in 2000, following which I worked in the community as a community psychiatric nurse in the East of Ipswich, and also as a primary care link nurse in the North Coastal area of Ipswich in a consultancy role for GP's, as well as providing brief solution focused therapy to clients. Former lecturer in mental health nursing at University Campus Suffolk. I trained as a CBT therapist at the University of East Anglia, gaining my Post Graduate Diploma in CBT in 2009. I am also a trained Cognitive Behavioural Couples therapist and an Anxiety UK Approved CBT therapist, providing therapeutic support to the charity's members and partner beneficiaries.

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (PG Dip CBT), (2009). University of East Anglia. Norwich.
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PG Cert Ed) (2013). University Campus Suffolk.  
  • Bachelor of Science Degree - BSc (Hons) Community Nursing Specialist Practice, (2004). Suffolk College. Ipswich.
  • Counselling Skills for Health Care Practitioners (2003). Suffolk College. Ipswich.
  • Diploma of Higher Education in Community Nursing. (Dip HE), (2002). Suffolk College. Ipswich.
  • Registered Mental Health Nursing qualification. (2000)  Suffolk College. Ipswich.
  • Registered Nurse.(1985). West Hertfordshire.

My main approach is cognitive behavioural. I offer treatment to individuals between the ages of 16-60+. 

I currently see people in my Ipswich practice in the beautiful country side of Westerfield Village. I offer day time and evening therapy sessions, subject to availability. 

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