My name is Jodie Wadsworth. I am a 31 year old female Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and the founder of Calm Minds Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. You might be wondering who I am and what my experience can offer you and so I thought I would write a little bit about myself.
My career in mental health in 2011 when I studied my first degree at Liverpool John Moores University in Applied Psychology, Bachelor of Science with Honours. I subsequently graduated in 2014 and, following this, began working as a Healthcare Assistant across a variety of inpatient mental health settings. I knew more than ever at this point that I had a real passion for working with people struggling with their mental health and decided to embark on my Mental Health Nurse training. Throughout the course of my training, I worked across a broad range of settings including but not limited to:
- Acute male inpatient wards
- Acute female inpatient wards
- Learning Disability & Mental Health inpatient wards
- Dementia Community Services
- Low Secure Forensic inpatient units
- Medium Secure Forensic inpatient units
- High Secure inpatient units
On graduating and securing my Mental Health Nursing Bachelor of Science Honours degree, I worked for the NHS on a female acute mental health inpatient ward as a Registered Mental Health Nurse. This involved the management and support of acute psychiatric illnesses including Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, Bi-Polar Affective Disorder and Personality Disorder. I worked with some incredible nurses and met some friends for life throughout my time here but most importantly, it provided me with the opportunity to develop high levels of skill in supporting those with mental illness.
Following this, I secured a role as a Deputy Ward Manager for the NHS on a male acute inpatient unit. This time the role was focused more around management and co-ordination of care for those struggling with mental illness and although I loved the job, I missed delivering the hands on patient support. For this reason, I applied for the role of a Trainee Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and was fortunate enough to secure a position for the NHS in collaboration with the University of Chester. The training here was second to none and I loved the opportunity to, not only understand the theory and protocols that underpin Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, but to use them in session with clients and watch the impact it had on their lives.
I am currently still working as an active therapist for the NHS Talking Therapies as a Band 7 Practitioner service delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for a wide range of depression and anxiety disorders, including:
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Social Anxiety
- Specific Phobia
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD )
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Panic Disorder
Working both privately and for the NHS allows me to keep up with ever changing practices - I pride myself on delivering high quality evidence based techniques to benefit you.
I have recently (April 2023) undertaken training with Tavistock Relationships, one of the leading providers in the country both in delivering and training professionals to deliver Couples Therapy for Depression. I am currently in the process of submitting live material in order to demonstrate my competency to the board for this. Once completed, I will be updating my services and offering this as an additional intervention to 1:1 CBT.
If you think CBT might be for you but aren't 100% sure, please drop me an email via our contact page and I'll be more than happy to answer any questions you might have.