CBT, Techniques and Problem Solving

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Veronica Gioscia BSc. M.Sc

Saturday 28th April 2018 10:00 – 16:00

Drake House, 44 St Georges Road, London SW19 4ED

Workshop cost: £120 + booking fee / 10% discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors/ Limited Early-bird discount of 15% SOLD OUT


The Workshop

Following last year’s workshop with Veronica “CBT for beginners” this workshop will focus specifically on CBT techniques and problem solving.

The aim of the workshop will be to provide an overview of the basic principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are linked together and influence us. Cognition is a key activity in our brain that helps us overcome difficulties, but sometimes traps us in rigid thinking patterns.

CBT aims to alleviate emotional distress by helping patients to identify and modify distorted patterns of thinking. CBT therapists teach clients to do things differently and help them to change cognitions and affect via planned experiential activities and homework. Client and therapist are encouraged to view the client’s belief as hypothesis to be evaluated in terms of their consistency with available data and to test these hypothesis, investigating their validity through practical exercises.

This practical workshop will teach therapists how to help the client to identify circular thoughts and recognise maladaptive and safety behaviours, how to structure the therapeutic session with specific goals and how to agree on appropriate homework and how to explain the importance of trying these techniques in vivo.

The focus will be on specific tools such as exposure for anxiety disorders, behavioural activation for depression and behavioural experiments. Behavioural experiments have been defined as the evolution and revolution of CBT, they give clients virtually irrefutable evidence to discredit maladaptive thoughts and beliefs. New cognitions derived from experiments are more likely to be believed and accepted (I experience it, therefore it must be true). The key objective is to teach practical techniques that transform emotional states and facilitate problem solving.


The Trainer

Veronica Gioscia is a Counselling Psychologist in private practice working with adults and the main private health insurance companies since 2012.

She is currently part of the IPTT Lambeth (Integrated Psychological Therapy Team) MBT (Mentalization Based Theory) team at the Maudsley NHS foundation trust working with borderline personality disorder patients. She is a supervisor at the Wimbledon Guild.
Veronica started her career as a Criminal Lawyer in Italy working daily with people with extremely stressful psychological conditions. In 1998 Veronica moved in the UK and obtained a degree in Psychology and a post MSc in Counselling Psychology. From 2009 to 2011 she received specialist training from the Institute of Psychiatry and the Maudsley NHS foundation trust in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). In 2012 she obtained a Psychodynamic Psychotherapy MA from the University of Essex Tavistock and Portman NHS trust.

She has worked for the NHS in various capacities. From 2005 to 2008 she was a member of Lambeth Primary Care Team working in various GP surgeries. From 2008 to 2011 she was a member of the first Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Service Team in the South London and the Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

From 2009 to 2011 she also worked in the Health Psychology Service at St Thomas’ Hospital in the outpatient department dealing with chronic health conditions.

Veronica is a Practicing Psychologist with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) and Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society.



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About Us

Since 1907, The Wimbledon Guild has provided a range of services to support local people of all ages.

Today our wide-ranging services are available at little or no cost to people who live or work in Merton. We are currently providing more services to more people than at any other time in our history. Many local people experiencing financial, material and emotional hardship are unable to get the support they need anywhere else.