This site aims to give you a quick idea of what you can expect should you decide to contact me.

If you have never had any experience of ‘talking therapy’ before it can be quite confusing to know who to ‘see’ and what goes on once you get there. There are many therapists out there who (like me of course) will give lots of information about their experience, and the type of therapy they provide. What you should remember is that ultimately you will be sat in a room with your choice of therapist, and that you should feel as confident in, and as relaxed as possible with, the person you choose.

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I would advise anyone who is thinking of contacting a therapist to first speak to their GP.  No matter what the problem is, your GP has heard it all before.  There may be a local service which could offer a perfectly acceptable form of treatment on the NHS.


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Cognitive means ‘the way you think’,  Behaviour is ‘what you do’.

CBT can help you to change the way you think, and what you do as a result.  These changes can help you to feel better.  Unlike some of the other talking treatments, CBT focuses on the ‘here and now’ problems and difficulties you may be experiencing by providing a helpful set of tools to make positive change possible.  It is a useful way of addressing:

  • How we think about ourselves, the world and other people
  • The effects of what we do on our thoughts and feelings

CBT has been shown to help with many types of problems which include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Stress
  • OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)
  • Insomnia
  • Low self-esteem
  • Fatigue
  • Phobias (including agoraphobia and social phobia)
  • Lack of Energy


CBT has proven to be one of the most effective ways of improving our wellbeing as a self-help approach and has been endorsed by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) as a recommended treatment option.


Whilst everyone who is accredited by the BABCP for CBT must adhere to strict codes of clinical and ethical practice, we are all a bit different in real life.

Although we are aware of which interventions offer the quickest benefits for our patients, we all develop different styles of delivering therapy. I tend to be quite informal and relaxed (and even to have a few laughs along the way) as that’s what I’m like outside of work.

Originally from Liverpool, my accent is now diluted after over 30 years in Hampshire. I am married, with 3 children at school, work full time in the NHS and have recently started a small private practice.

Professional Qualifications
  • Registered Mental Nurse (NMC) 1991
  • Diploma in Nursing (King Alfred’s College, Winchester) 1998
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Problems (Middlesex University) 2000
CBT Qualifications
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies (Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London) 2005
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Intervention CBT (University of Surrey) 2011


My core professional background is in Mental Health Nursing, and I am registered with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This organisation has statutory obligations to protect the public by ensuring that nurses and midwives provide high standards of care to their patients and clients (www.nmc-uk.org)

I am also accredited with the lead organisation for CBT in the UK, the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

For 24 years I have worked within the NHS with people experiencing mental health problems. This has included in-patient and community based settings. I am currently employed full time as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist for Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (www.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk), working predominately with individuals suffering from moderate to severe depression and anxiety. Prior to this, I spent 10 years working within the Psychological Medicine Department at Frimley Park Hospital where I delivered group and individual CBT treatments for patients with physical health problems.


Prices start from £80 for each 50 minute session.  Please contact me for more information.

A typical course of treatment is six to eight sessions when you start CBT, depending on individual circumstances. Many people notice a significant improvement after a couple of sessions, some choose to continue their treatment over a longer period.

It is not unusual for us to have some email correspondence between sessions (sending out reading materials etc.) and this is included in the fee when you start CBT. Payment can be made by cheque or cash at each session.

Usually, following the first session, I will be able to tell you how long your treatment will take. I am happy to discuss this in more detail before you book your first session.


I understand that making this first step is often a big deal.

Please feel free to give me a call on 07523 899583 to discuss things further. You may get my voicemail as I haven’t yet developed an obsessive attachment to my phone. I will respond as soon as possible to any messages I receive.

You can also Email me anytime at cbt@michaellappin.co.uk. Alternatively, please complete the Contact Form and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

I currently see clients in my Basingstoke office, located at The Hackwood Partnership, Essex House, Essex Road, Basingstoke RG21 8SU

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