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Our highly experienced Cognitive Therapists are skilled in dealing with a wide range of mental health problems.

David Wilcox

EMDR Consultant and
Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

Professionally qualified mental health nurse and psychological  therapist with over 25 years experience of working within the NHS and twelve years of private practice. Accomplished in all areas relating to the provision of treatment and supervision of CBT and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). 

David is an accredited EMDR Consultant with EMDR Association UK & Ireland.He is also accredited with the BABCP as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and clinical supervisor, following gaining an MSc in 2002.   He works with adults experiencing a wide range of difficulties including generalised anxiety, panic, stress, depression, OCD, phobias, social anxiety, health anxiety and PTSD. David's special interest is in psychological trauma and he had gained a wealth of experience working with traumatic stress, from road traffic accidents or assault to working with complex PTSD and with military veterans having experienced combat trauma. He has also worked in general hospitals with the psychological effects of physical illness. 

He currently works for the NHS as a Trauma Lead for Specialised Services and leads the AWP Traumatic Stress Service for staff. His previous posts include Clinical Lead for the South West Veterans' Mental ehalth Service, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist for the South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, Clinical Manager for Liaison Psychiatry at the Bristol Royal infirmary and Clinical Lead for IAPT services in South Gloucestershire

David has been providing CBT and EMDR clinical supervision for mental health professionals in the NHS and private practice for several years. In addition to clinical work he is also a visiting lecturer at the University of West for England. 

David is a recognised CBT practitioner for Bupa and Aviva.

Emily Zarkow

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist


Emily is a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in Health Psychology, a Post graduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy from the University of Oxford and a Post graduate certificate in Supervision of Psychological Therapies from the University of Exeter. Emily has worked within NHS services for many years with both adults and children who experience a broad range of psychological difficulties.

Alongside her private practice, Emily works as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist for leading digital healthcare company ‘Healios’ delivering online CBT for children and young people, ‘IESO’ the world leading digital health company specialising in internet enabled evidence-based psychological therapies delivering therapy to adults, and is involved in research being conducted by Bristol Medical School into evidenced based therapy delivery through an instant messaging platform. She also supervises trainee therapists for the Bristol charity ‘Off the Record’. 

Emily holds an enhanced DBS check and is fully accredited with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BAPCP). This means she has met stringent entry criteria and minimum training standards in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She is also insured with Balens specialist insurance brokers and is registered with the ICO.

She offers face to face, telephone and Skype appointments for ages 12 through to adulthood.

Areas of specialist interest

Emily is experienced in working with young people and adults who have mild to moderate difficulties with their mental health including depression and anxiety disorders such as generalised anxiety disorder, OCD, health anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, panic, low self esteem and PTSD. She has also worked within substance misuse settings with those experiencing problems with addiction.

Therapeutic approach

Emily believes that that trust and rapport is a vital part of building a solid base for therapy and a platform for change. She aims to cultivate an open, supportive and safe environment where client and therapist can explore and learn from experiences together. She incorporates elements of solution focussed therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness based techniques alongside Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Claire Gillingham

CBT and EMDR Practitioner

Claire is a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) and has worked in the NHS for the last 28 years, working currently as a Veterans' Psychological Therapist and Independent Nurse Prescriber.

She has extensive experience working with all ages with a wide variety of mental health difficulties using CBT since 1999. Claire has an accredited masters level diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from Exeter University and is an accredited BABCP practitioner

She undertakes regular supervision with an accredited supervisor, as well as undergoing an annual criminal record bureau (CRB) check. In addition, Claire is also an Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner with full membership of the UK & Ireland EMDR association.

For more information please go to www.cbtcotswold.co.uk

Polly Haselton

Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Since graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Psychology in 2012, Polly has worked within NHS services with people who experience a broad range of psychological difficulties.

In 2013 Polly completed a Postgraduate Certificate with Exeter University in Evidence Based Psychological Therapies, which qualified her to offer short term CBT to individuals struggling with low mood and anxiety. 

In 2015 Polly undertook further study at the University of Oxford and gained her Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which equipped her to work with a range of difficulties, including depression, generalised anxiety disorder, OCD, Social Anxiety, Phobias and PTSD.

Alongside, her private practice, Polly now works part time as a Cognitive Therapist in Oxford, researching and developing pioneering ways of delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Polly has Full Accreditation as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with the BABCP and is a registered therapist with AVIVA and CIGNA insurance. 

Polly is experienced in working with adults (aged 16+) who have mild to moderate difficulties with their mental health. Polly is familiar with working with clients experiencing depression and anxiety disorders such as OCD, health anxiety, phobias and panic. Polly also has experience in working with individuals who have disordered eating.

Polly has a particular interest in working with perinatal women, and those experiencing low self esteem. 

In addition to her CBT training, Polly has specific skills in short term CBT interventions and is experienced in working within a 6 session model for those who are experiencing milder difficulties and distress.

Polly predominately uses a cognitive behavioural therapy framework, focussing on the collaborative creation of an individual formulation grounded in a client’s individual experiences. Whilst Polly is purely CBT trained, when appropriate she draws upon theory and techniques from other modalities such as mindfulness, compassion focused therapy and solution focused therapy.

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