EXPERIENCE As A COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPIST
Marcus Kennedy-McFarlane is an experienced BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist practitioner. Marcus is an approachable, and non-judgmental therapist and will make you feel at ease from the first session, and throughout treatment.
As a highly knowledgeable CBT practitioner, Marcus is skilled at formulating and treating a range of psychological disorders in adults and children such as; depression, and various anxiety disorders including general anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and specific phobias such as the fear of vomiting (Emetophobia), or needle phobia etc.
Marcus McFarlane has 10 years’ experience working in various mental health settings from private children’s homes, homeless shelters and NHS IAPT services across South West London treating moderate to severe psychological presentations.
He has a proven track record of demonstrating consistently good outcomes with patients-virtually all showing either reliable change or move to recovery.
HOW DO COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY SESSIONS WORK?
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), can equip you to understand, manage, and make sense of your current problems by helping you to understand how your thoughts, and emotions are interconnected.
CBT sessions are generally 1-to-1 but can be for groups of two or more people with similar situations or couples experiencing relationship problems.
The first assessment will last around an hour, and you will usually meet the CBT therapist on a weekly basis for around 50 mins for up to 20 sessions but this will be mutually agreed at the first assessment without any obligation to progress with treatment.
The first few sessions will be spent making sure CBT is the right therapy for you, and that you’re comfortable with the process. The therapist will ask questions about your life and background.
If you’re anxious or depressed, the therapist will ask whether it interferes with your family, work and social life. They will also ask about life events that may be related to your problems, treatments you have had, and what you would like to achieve through therapy.
If CBT seems appropriate, the therapist will let you know what to expect from a course of treatment. If it is not appropriate, or you do not feel comfortable with it, they can recommend alternative treatments.
After the initial assessment period, you’ll start working with your therapist to break down problems into their separate parts. To help with this, your therapist may ask you to keep a diary or write down your thoughts and behaviour patterns.
You and your therapist will analyse your thoughts, feelings and behaviours to work out if they’re unrealistic or unhelpful and to determine the effect they have on each other and on you. Your therapist will be able to help you work out how to change unhelpful thoughts and behaviours.
THE THERAPIST PERSONAL INTEREST
In his free time, Marcus enjoys traveling to different parts of the world that he has never been before to explore and re-energise. He keeps fit by going to the gym, running and swimming.
Marcus McFarlane has a keen interest in emerging CBT research for complicated grief, and how the CBT model can be beneficial for patients in helping them to understand, and cope with the grieving process.