Hi, my name is Jessica Hayes and ReImagine Therapy is the name of my private therapy company based in Warrington, Cheshire.
I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (CBT Therapist) and a fully accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), the governing body for CBT in the UK. This means that I have received a high standard of training and met the requirements needed for accreditation by the designated professional body. It also means that there are strict ethical guidelines that I follow to ensure that I help people in a safe way, and that I make a commitment to attend regular training and supervision to ensure I provide the best support for you that I can.
I have been working within mental health for over a decade, helping both adults and young people. I created ReImagine Therapy to enable clients to access CBT in my local area, without the waiting lists and restrictions of the NHS, and to make training and information available for those who need it. I also offer therapy remotely via online video calling, so people from further afield and those who don’t feel comfortable face-to-face can still access this support.
It is important to know that I love what I do and that I work hard to help people. My main goal is to help people to feel better as quickly as possible. A big part of my therapeutic approach is to help my clients to gain an in-depth insight to their ways of thinking and their emotions, then together we challenge unhelpful aspects of these and ensure they have the skills to address any challenges that might come up in the future. By doing this, my clients can then help themselves following therapy, by being their own therapist in a way.
I have worked within the field of mental health for the past decade; in the NHS in numerous roles, for private companies, and for charities specialising in mental health and suicide prevention.
I have completed further training in different types of therapy, but mostly use CBT, with some aspects of Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) when appropriate. The logical aspects and science behind these approaches, and ability to really pull apart our thoughts and responses fits with my personality, making this the natural choice for my focus.
I am experienced in working successfully with a variety of issues, including (but not limited to); obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, postnatal depression and anxiety, and low self-esteem. I am also committed to furthering my training at every opportunity to ensure that I can work with a wide range of difficulties in a variety of ways so that I can adapt to the needs of my clients.
Take a look at the ‘Client Feedback’ section of this website to hear back from some of the recent clients who I have helped, so you can get an idea of what they thought and have found helpful.
I work with people who are experiencing psychological distress, to understand what might be maintaining this and how we can tackle it together.
My aim as a therapist is to support you through difficulties with your emotional wellbeing, and to help you to build skills so that this change is life-long. This means that you will feel equipped to cope with any difficult situations that might come up and manage the emotions these may trigger yourself in the future.
Although I mention specific things on this website that I can help with, you do not need to have a diagnosed (or diagnosable) mental health condition to benefit from therapy. If you believe that something about the way you feel or think is impacting on your life, then we can explore this together. This therapy, and my approach in general, is goal-focused. This means that we work with what you bring and aim towards what you feel would help you live the life you are hoping for.
To do this, I am open and honest so that we can create a safe space where you feel comfortable and heard.
CBT is an evidence-based approach with a great deal of research highlighting how effective it is for many different difficulties. I ensure that I follow this approach, whilst tailoring treatment to you as an individual. This takes input from you, as you understand your needs and goals, which is why working together is so important.
In the nature of honesty and working together, I am always open about whether I feel that CBT is the best approach to help you. I also make decisions with you about how many sessions your particular issue may need, so you are always informed and in control of any decisions over your treatment.
I am passionate about my work and so do everything I can to improve my skills and learn more so that I can help you in the best way possible.
- Postgraduate Diploma of Higher Education in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP Accredited course)
- MSc in Cognitive Brain Imaging
- BSc (Hons) in Psychology
Some further training
- An introduction to theory and practice of Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT) from The Compassionate Mind Foundation
- Living life with uncertainty
- Addressing postnatal depression as a healthcare professional
- Qualified Suicide Prevention Advisor (trained using the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills model)
- Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (Level 1)
- Working with chronic pain
- Childhood bereavement
- Working with trans young people
- Understanding sexual trauma
- Working with Borderline Personality Disorder
- Fully accredited member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
- Graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
The British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) maintains high standards for therapists in the UK, ensuring that you get a high standard of therapy. Click on the following link for further information: BABCP