Hi, I'm Tiffany Carthy, MSC APP, DIP CBH
I am an integrative therapist and cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist with an MSc in applied positive psychology from Cambridge and a diploma in cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy. I use a proven and effective approach, drawing upon my collective training in cognitive behavioural therapy, hypnotherapy, positive psychology coaching, compassion focused therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, mindfulness and virtual reality therapy for fears and phobias. Working as a therapist in London I work with clients worldwide, both online and face to face in my central London office. The therapy I offer is effective, solution focused and short-term so as not to tie you in to an unnecessary long term therapy process, working together to reach your goals within approximately 6-10 sessions, depending on your requirements.
I have first-hand experience of how life changing the therapeutic process can be. In my early 20’s I made the decision to see a therapist for low confidence and depression, something I’d struggled with on and off with for many years growing up. I had developed a habit of being extremely hard on myself, never believing I was good enough, constantly pre-occupied with what other people thought of me and doubting myself in work, relationships and in life in general. My therapist helped me to identify the limiting beliefs and demands I’d been holding about myself, other people and the world and with support I was able to start to let go of what had been holding me back and adopt new ways of thinking and behaving. Learning to stop criticising myself so harshly and to instead believe in myself and my ability to cope with whatever came my way dramatically increased my confidence in all areas of life.
A few years later when I was experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety due to an increasingly demanding job as a TV producer, I ended up with a diagnosis of stage 1 cancer. I knew this was a sign for me to slow down. This was then followed by my father being diagnosed with leukaemia and spending 6 months helping to care for him while he was very ill. I didn’t hesitate to return to therapy to get some support during the most challenging time of my life and it helped me immensely. Later on I received a breast cancer diagnosis, the second cancer diagnosis I have received under 40. Having already been through cancer and having watched my dad suffer through his treatment, it was a big blow.
Cancer had once again touched my life. At times I felt afraid, anxious, sad and angry, completely normal emotions we all feel in difficult situations, but I knew that thanks to the therapy and work I had done on myself, that I had built up the skills I needed to cope with whatever happened. It was a rollercoaster journey back to health, but I am incredibly grateful that I had so many beneficial tools to help me to navigate the journey. I also didn’t hesitate to go back to my own therapist when I needed to get outside support, knowing that sometimes we all need help, and one of the most courageous things we can do in that moment, is to be vulnerable, to reach out and ask for it.
‘Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted’
Therapy taught me that I could take these challenging experiences and learn and grow from them. I learnt how to let go of focusing on the things I could not control and instead focus on what I could control. I also learnt how to accept what is and to process once overwhelming feelings and emotions while staying present, as opposed to lost in my own mind ruminating on the past or predicting horror stories of the future that may never transpire. Learning these skills changed my life and seeing what a difference the therapeutic process made spurred me to leave my career in Television and go back to university to retrain to become a therapist myself. I now have an MSc in applied positive psychology from Anglia Ruskin university in Cambridge, a diploma in cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy approved by the British Psychological Society and further professional training in compassion focused therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, mindfulness and virtual reality therapy.
Having worked with hundreds of clients I absolutely love what I do and wake up everyday thankful that I am able to help others in the way my going to therapy helped me. I am incredibly grateful that I get to share what I have learnt with you to help to you to navigate life’s challenges and achieve the changes that you want in your life.