Caroline Drijver

I am a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and Mindfulness practitioner. I am also an accredited CBT supervisor, offering supervision to individuals, groups and organisations.

I have over twenty years of experience, working with groups and individuals experiencing a wide range of psychological issues in Brighton and Hove, as well as all over Sussex. I am also available to offer remote therapy and supervision.

For some people, it is helpful to give a name to the physical challenge(s) you might be experiencing, and other people are less keen on this, or the problem may not fall into one of these ‘categories’.

Some of the psychological challenges with a name are:

This is a list of names given to problem areas that share common characteristics, so some have been categorised into ‘diagnoses’. As such there are therapy protocols that I make use of as they are helpful in the treatment of these problems. However, there are many times when I find it helpful to take a broader view and I am happy to address past and present issues which have a negative effect on your well-being.

My training prior to doing CBT was initially as a registered general nurse and then as a registered mental nurse. My core profession in mental health nursing and subsequent work as a psychotherapist have given me a solid knowledge of mental health issues.

In addition to these core trainings, I have also done a one year introductory training at the Institute for Group Analysis South East and a degree in Professional Practice in Health Care. In 2003 I completed my training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR), a treatment used for the treatment of trauma-related problems. In 2016 I undertook additional training in EMDR with Sandi Richman and am trained to Level 3. In 2012 I completed my training as a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy teacher. The mindful approach to disturbing thoughts and feelings fits in well with  CBT and many people find this helpful.

I worked for many years in the NHS in various posts, and finally as a Senior Psychological Therapist and supervisor for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies  programme before leaving my substantive post in 2016. I am currently working for Canterbury and Christchurch University as a sessional supervisor and examiner for their IAPT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training course. I am also an associate therapist for the Practitioner Health Programme, an NHS treatment service for doctors and dentists.

I offer appointments on between 8.30 and 6,30 on Wednesday and Fridays, either remotely or in the Fiveways area of Brighton, with good bus connections and free parking. I offer short or medium-term psychotherapy to individuals who broker their own therapy or are medically insured. I also offer supervision and consultation to colleagues and organisations.

Professional Registration

B.A.B.C.P. No. 944544 – psychotherapist (1998) and supervisor (2010)

Other Registrations

ICO Data Protection Register – No Z1827713

Disclosure and Barring Service – No 001412628942

Health Insurance Companies I am registered with

Bupa, Cigna, AXA PPP, Aviva

If you have another healthcare insurer and would be interested in therapy with me then please feel free to contact me as becoming recognised is usually straightforward and quick.