Amy Sykes, Student Wellbeing Team
How I work
I am trained to deliver Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); therefore I like to work collaboratively with individuals to help them develop awareness of patterns of thinking and behaviour that maintain anxiety, depression and other psychological problems. Whilst this is my primary discipline, I also have an interest in mindfulness based CBT, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy.
I appreciate how difficult it can be for individuals to ask for support, so I endeavour to create a warm, safe and non-judgemental environment for people to explore their concerns. I believe the person asking for support is the expert in their thoughts, feelings and behaviour, so I encourage active participation in appointments to help keep focus on what is important for the individual, and in line with their values. My aim is to help people draw on their existing strengths and skills, to enable them to feel empowered and to find solutions to their problems.
Areas of interest
My main areas of interest lie in anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and working with individuals who have low self-esteem. I very much enjoy running workshops and will be co-ordinating the creation and delivery of the Student Workshop Programme.
I am fortunate to be part of the new Student Wellbeing Team and I will be supporting the delivery of brief wellbeing interventions. In my view, the provision of brief interventions will provide students with timely information and advice that can be used to improve their wellbeing. For example, a student struggling with poor sleep may feel very low in mood as a consequence. Whilst counselling might be a useful intervention, the Student Wellbeing Team could offer self-help resources that could also address the problem. The existence of the team will give students a wider choice of therapeutic options and will, in some cases, provide an alternative to counselling.
My background and qualifications
I graduated from The University of Wales Swansea in 2006, obtaining a degree in Psychology. Since this time I have worked in a variety of NHS mental health services, including a child and adolescent inpatient unit, a specialist eating disorders team, and several community teams supporting individuals with learning disabilities and mental health issues. In these roles I facilitated groups and delivered brief psychological interventions such as guided self-help and solution-focused therapy. In 2010, I began training as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and I have worked as a qualified and fully accredited practitioner in Primary Care Mental Health Services ever since. I have also worked on a voluntary basis with the All Wales Veterans Service as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist providing treatment for individuals suffering with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
BSc. Psychology (Hons)
PGDip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety and Depression
BABCP Full Accreditation