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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Michael Lappin, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Michael Lappin | Therapist

Hi. My name is Michael and I am a highly experienced and fully qualified cognitive behavioural therapist. I work in central Basingstoke and I see people for a wide range of issues.

I moved to Basingstoke from Liverpool in 1988 to train at what was then called Park Prewett Hospital. I have lived here since, and am married with 3 young adult kids. I was lucky enough to have an ‘old fashioned’ pension which allowed me to retire from the NHS, after 34 years, aged 55.

I took pretty much a full time break from Therapy work until January of 2024, but have been seeing people again since then. I remain a member of the BABCP, am receiving clinical supervision from a BABCP recognised Supervisor, and am fully insured. My fees are what I think are very reasonable.

Please feel free to call me on 07523 899 583 to discuss further.

My Qualifications

The following trainings were undertaken whilst working in the NHS:

  • 1991: Registered mental Health Nurse, Loddon NHS Trust, Basingstoke
  • 1998: Diploma in Mental Health Studies, King Alfreds College, Winchester
  • 2001: Post graduate Diploma in Treating Mental Health, Sainsburies Centre for Mental Health, Middlesex University
  • 2004: Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London
  • 2010: Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), University of Surrey, Guildford.

I also undertook regular ongoing training in the conditions listed above until my early retirement 2 years ago, as this was required to remain accredited by the UK governing body for CBT therapists, the BABCP.

Common Issues

I see patients for a variety of reasons, and these are some of the main issues I can help with:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • High levels of stress
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Anxiety and difficulties coping following traumatic incidents, either recent or historical
  • Worries about health, social situations, public speaking etc.
  • Problems around eating
  • Addiction issues

My Experience

I qualified as Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) in 1991, and for my whole career worked within the NHS in various care settings. Most recently I was a Manager and CBT therapist within a local NHS IAPT (Psychological Therapies) service.

Previously I worked for 10 years in the Psychological Medicine Department of a Surrey General Hospital.

About CBT

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focuses on understanding the relationship between thoughts, emotions, and behaviours.

In CBT, individuals work closely with a trained therapist to identify and challenge negative thought patterns and beliefs that may be contributing to their difficulties. By learning to recognise and reframe these unhelpful thoughts, clients can develop coping strategies.

CBT empowers individuals to break free from harmful patterns, manage distressing emotions, and cultivate healthier ways of thinking and responding to life’s challenges. It’s about gaining insight into how our thoughts influence our feelings and behaviours, and ultimately empowering individuals to take control of their mental well-being.