Caroline Drijver

Caroline-Drijver-2018Caroline Drijver is a specialist CBT therapist, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and Mindfulness practitioner working with individuals experiencing a wide range of psychological issues in Brighton and Hove, as well as all over Sussex.

“I have over twenty years of experience as a psychotherapist helping people with a wide range of psychological problems.”

Some psychological challenges have a name and others may not.

Those with a name are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders such as Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Specific Phobias
  • Complex Phobias such as Vomit Phobia
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD
  • Health Anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Medically Unexplained Symptoms
  • Stress
  • Anger without violence
  • Prolonged Grief

This is a list of names given to problem areas which share common characteristics, so some have been categorised into diagnoses. As such there are therapy protocols which 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 year’s 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. I have recently undertaken 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 have worked for many years in the NHS, most recently as a Senior Psychological Therapist and supervisor for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme. I am currently working for Canterbury and Christchurch University as a 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 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the Fiveways area of Brighton, with good bus connections and free parking. I offer short or longer 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

 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.