My name is Anjali Mehta and I am a Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) Therapist. I am registered and accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), meaning that I abide by their regulations and have sufficient training to practice CBT. I have over 8 years experience of working in the NHS and private sector, and I have worked with children, adolescents and adults, in a range of services, from GP surgeries to inpatient hospitals.
I am passionate about working with children and adolescents with anxiety and/or depression, particularly if there have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or social communication difficulties too. I have worked with children and adolescents with ASD for a number of years. My work has included providing social skills training in one-to-one and group capacities, as well as completing elements of the multi-faceted ASD assessments (e.g. neuropsychological tests and observations of the child). In my CBT work, I am keen to consider how ASD impacts on the anxiety and/or depression that the young person is presenting with, and incorporate creative ways to help the young person have a better sense of their identity and strengths, as well as learning how to manage their difficulties.
Alongside my work with Every Mind Child Psychology, I am also a Clinical Tutor at the University of Reading, teaching Children Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs) and Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) who offer low intensity CBT interventions to children, adolescents and parents in a clinic or school setting. This links very much with the research that I was involved with at the University of Reading, where I supervised research into the effectiveness and feasibility of delivering behavioural therapy for adolescents with depression, anxiety and/or sleep difficulties within a secondary school setting. I will soon be publishing a research paper on delivering sleep workshops in a school setting. CBT is based on ample research evidence of its ability to help overcome anxiety and depression, so I believe it is important to help develop that evidence base as a practitioner. I also love teaching the next generation of therapists.