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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.

Rosemarie Brown

Occupational Therapy and CBT

Rosemarie qualified as an occupational therapist in 1995 and is registered with the Health Professions Council. She completed her training in cognitive behavioural therapy at Birmingham University in 2009.

Rosemarie currently works both in private practice and within the NHS. Within the NHS she works with functional neurological symptoms including somatoform and conversion disorder and non-epileptic attack disorder. In private practice she works with a range of difficulties and offers particular expertise in anxiety disorders including health anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder and also low mood,depression and relationships difficulties.

She mainly works within a cognitive behavioural framework, but also draws on other models of treatment such as metacognitive therapy and mindfulness, based cognitive therapy.

She has worked for the NHS for over 21 years and is a dedicated professional practicing evidence based therapies.

Rosemarie is a member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and abides by their code of conduct and guidelines for clinical practice. This includes regular supervision of her practice, and a commitment to continuing and updating her professional development.

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.

Leanne Thomas

CBT Therapist


Pg Cert. in CBT Clinical Supervision,  Pg Dip in CBT with Children, Young People and Families, BSc (Hons), in Psychology,  Prof. Dip. in Integrative Counselling.


Leanne has  worked as a psychotherapist with children and adults with a range of psychological and emotional difficulties since 2007. In 2010, Leanne joined Off The Record, a Bristol based charity for children and young people (aged from 11-26 ). She worked in different community settings across Bristol and South Gloucestershire and joined the adult IAPT service within Off The Record (OTR) as a CBT therapist in 2014. In that time she received a first class BSc (Hons) in Psychology ,with The Open University. 

In 2016 , Leanne went on to complete specialist training  at Exeter University for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with young people and their families, and became manager of the therapies service within OTR. Leanne completed the Post Graduate Certificate in CBT supervision at Exeter University and continues to provide supervision and CBT therapy at OTR ,and in her private practice, alongside counselling for those that require a less structured approach. 

Leanne holds provisional accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) which means she has met the stringent acceptance criteria to obtain full accreditation in January 2019. Leanne is also a Fully Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling  and Psychotherapy (BACP) , and holds an enhanced DBS.

Areas of Specialist Experience

Leanne has specialist training,  and significant experience, working with adults and children having difficulties with low mood/depression, and anxiety related problems such as, separation and social anxiety, panic, health anxiety, OCD, phobias, generalised anxiety and worry. Leanne has experience  of working with a wide range of people from different cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds. Leanne currently supervises CBT therapists working with Black, Asian ,and Minority Ethnic  (BAME) clients at Nilaari Agency. Alongside this she has worked in residential settings with people with drug and alcohol addictions who are working towards controlling their  drug and/or alcohol use , or following a Twelve Step program.  


Therapeutic Approach 

Leanne is passionate about developing a trusting relationship that fosters the right conditions for people to work towards their goals. Leanne employs a short-term CBT approach for people who are experiencing overwhelming thoughts, feelings and physical symptoms, or struggling with behaviours which are impacting on their ability to participate in everyday activities. She is committed to helping people develop practical tools to help with the challenges they face within, and beyond therapy. Leanne values people as active participants in therapy and employs a collaborative approach. They will develop a shared understanding of how the current difficulties have arisen, and identify factors that may be maintaining those difficulties in the present. When working with children, Leanne welcomes family members to participate in order to build on existing strengths, and develop new ways to support the young person to overcome current, and future challenges. Regular review of the therapy is also encouraged to ensure that it is meeting the individual’s needs, and is effective in achieving their goals.

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