Changing Minds is a specialist assessment and therapy service led by two consultant clinical psychologists, both with extensive experience of working in the NHS as well as in private practice. We offer a range of psychological assessments and treatments, as well as expert supervision for therapists who specialise in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
All our therapists have a minimum of three years post qualification experience working in the NHS, and are fully insured to practice privately. In line with professional regulations, up to date registration cards and practicing certificates are maintained with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) and/or the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Therapy is offered in Watford, Borehamwood and Berkhamsted. We are able to offer flexible appointment times and venues, including evening and weekend appointments. Both partners are registered with the major insurance companies (BUPA, Axa, Aviva, Vitality Health, Cigna and WPA). Together we have experience treating a range of problems, including depression, low self esteem, low confidence, anxiety and worry (including health anxiety, social anxiety and panic), obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, work related stress and relationship problems.
Our assessment service can include a discussion of what therapy may be available through the NHS as well as from Changing Minds.
'I've been seeing Nicky for the last couple of months to help me with some health related anxiety. I'd never really suffered from anxiety before so this all came as a complete shock to me and I didn't know how to deal with it. But with Nicky's excellent guidance in applying the principles of CBT, I now feel like I am beginning to make some really positive progress. My anxiety is much lower and more manageable and I have learnt some practical skills which will help me in the future. Nicky is just the right mix of professional, empathetic and friendly and I have no hesitation in recommending her.'Anon
'As somebody who has a personality prone to anxiety, panic attacks and lack of confidence episodes, during a serious relapse this year, my BUPA healthcare gave me Dr Diane Fosters details as she is one of their recommended practitioners. I had 12 sessions with Diane who has helped deliver me from my first tentative and fragile first meeting to my final session, whereby I feel back in control and positive. Diane has been professional, empathetic but challenging, and has supported me in attaining my personal goals. I am very happy to recommend Diane and Changing Minds to anyone who may need the benefit of such transformational extra support and help.'Mick
'I have struggled with my emotions for a long, long time but never realized how bad I was struggling until I did not want to live any longer. I have suffered from low mood, anxiety and anger issues. It is a hard thing to write let alone accept, but I write this because I want others to know and have hope that there is help out there. I started CBT sessions with Dr Nicole Main this year, from the time I called her to book in my first session to now she has made me feel comfortable and able to speak with her about anything. Dr Main, is approachable, kind, empathetic and a very experienced psychologist with a wealth of knowledge and expertise especially in CBT. Since seeing Dr Main my life truly has gone from not wanting to live another day to a positive one, one that I embrace, enjoy and value. Of Course, this did not happen over night but from seeing Dr Main weekly for roughly 3-5 months I have been given the tools to help myself to make healthier choices in life and to feel free from the long suffering pain and heartache. I cannot thank Dr Main enough for how much she has helped me, in a way, she saved me from taking my life. Thank you so much for all your support and kindness.'Anon
'The impact of my programme of CBT has been huge. Following a diagnosis of depression I had severe doubts about my ability to ever successfully change my outlook. However, within a couple of sessions there were tangible improvements and I have not looked back. Most importantly, I now have a set of tools to help myself. Diane at Changing Minds has delivered an incredibly positive experience and provided me with transformational treatment. Thank you.'Anon