I am Veronica Walsh – I am a cognitive science and cognitive behavioural trainer – and owner of www.CBTandFeelingGood.com brainskills psychological training.
I started CBTandFeelingGood in 2009. My mission was to provide best practice cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), but with the focus of turning therapy into accessible and practical learning. My background as a corporate trainer gave me transferable skills that clicked perfectly with CBT, especially in the area of creating user friendly worksheets and handouts for clients. In fact my materials are used by mental health professionals all over the world.
My programmes were accredited for inclusion on the national register of trainers, so I progressed quickly to not just working with individuals in my private practice in Dublin’s Camden Street, but also offering cognitive behavioural training well being presentations and group workshops to organisations and companies – working with everybody from banks to government funded bodies and schools and universities.
I constantly research and study and apply – and of course the last few years have moved the mental health models in to neuroscience, neurobiology, and evolutionary psychology – and that is blended into my training.
And you’re reading this here on my free online self help resource website, which I created in 2012, and where you can access my original downloadable materials, so you can see I provide theory and application homework that moves through various models. I read everything so you don’t have to! Note: I add to it regularly so please feel free to sign up to receive alerts to new posts.
My Dublin one to one sessions are in a lovely therapy setting and done through a mixture of discussion and accessible easy to use homework, literally giving people life changing skills to ‘learn wellness’ and how to be happier. The official terms for this type of work are: low intensity CBT or fast intervention therapy or facilitated guided self help – which basically means turning therapy into fast practical accessible and fun facilitated training in a partnership. And it works! (CLICK HERE FOR TESTIMONIALS)
This kind of therapy is recommended for low to moderate anxiety and depression, or as a complementary treatment if medication and more traditional therapies have not helped you. You just bring yourself along to a session and I’ll take care of everything else. For engaged learners you won’t have to wait months to understand and apply and start getting obvious results; in fact it can be immediately life-changing for many clients.
Methods: my work takes a holistic third wave approach, using everything that works – from pure CBT foundations in exploring evidence based practical applications to build awareness and management of how we think and feel and behave, to the neuroscience of our feelings, to positive psychology, to mindfulness and acceptance, and to living in the present practices. The posts and worksheets available on this blog span all of those modalities and more, and each in person session or training workshop is organic and tailored specifically to the client and their particular needs. I share the view of leading academics in psychology and neuroscience that modern psycho-educational models should be efficient and fascinating science of wellness training, not like the old ‘sickness’ models, and that the therapy should deliver early measurable results through a working partnership.
My past life thumbnail bio includes: corporate trainer & training manager for AppleCentres (including creating original documentation) – through to running the Dublin Applecentre as managing partner – then leading a digital media startup through Enterprise Ireland, along with general management consultancy including facilitating high end tenders – then becoming a licensed NYC realtor for high end Manhattan property while I was retraining in CBT and experiential training accreditation.
PLUS – I am a media contributor and event speaker – see a selection of newspaper/magazine/and radio contributions below:
NOTE – I also teach Mind Mapping as part of my ‘change your brain and how you do things’ skills. Mind Mapping is a way to map and organise information visually onto a page for easy storing in, and recall from, your brain. 80% of us think visually – so your brain prefers to work this way rather than the linear note-making and learning by rote way you learned in school – Mind mapping is efficient and will make your life easier – organise and plan what you want to say, and recall it easily and clearly. Click HERE to go to my mindmap web page.
For more information, (and/or to book a session or training or an appearance at an event or an interview), email me at info@CBTandFeelingGood.com, or call me at Ireland 086 8113031.