It can be a minefield trying to find a good therapist in the private sector, the voluntary sector or the NHS. That’s not to say that there are not very good ones in all these areas, but how do we know? Organisations such as the NHS will be setting their internal standards and will have ways of managing underperforming therapists, so the standards in the NHS are usually pretty reliable. But what about the private sector? I recently found my name on a rating site and had it removed. Does that sound dodgy?

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Caroline-Drijver-3aCaroline 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 practicing CBT  to treat a wide range of psychological problems.


I am happy to help people with a range of psychological and emotional problems. Some of these 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 catagorised 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 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 for trauma related problems. I have recently undertaken additional training in EMDR with Sandi Richman. 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. 

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays I have a private practice in CBT, EMDR and Mindfulness 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 training to organisations.

Registration with Professional Bodies

 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 health care provider and would be interested in therapy with me then please feel free to contact me as becoming recognised is usually straightforward and quick. 


I have written in a previous blog about relapse prevention plans. Once a person is feeling better, no longer unduly anxious or clinically depressed, it is important to look at ways of keeping well. This can include how to respond if the anxiety re-emerges or the mood dips again, but hopefully we can go further than this and consider what for us constitutes living well. 

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When we seek help for our psychological distress we may hope the outcome will be a return to our “old” self. This may happen, but some of us may become changed, in a good way.

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Dorothy Rowe, well known for her books on depression, says 'If you make happiness your goal, then you're not going to get to it. Philosophers have been saying it for thousands of years. The goal should be an interesting life."

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