I deliver training to health professionals
in cognitive behaviour therapy skills.
barriers to self-management
to work collaboratively with their patients
Please feel free to browse this website aimed at health care professionals, managers and commissioners. If you have found this website as you are seeking a CB therapist to help you with a mental health/emotional problem, then I would recommend using this directory. If you have found this website as you are looking for help managing a pain problem then I would recommend The Pain Toolkit as a great starting point.
If you need to contact me please ring 07980 357269
The CB model can help health professionals to understand why our patients can find it hard to follow our advice, why our patients sometimes get stuck in unhelpful vicious cycles, and it can provide a framework and ideas for moving forwards together.
CBT is the leading psychological model for the treatment of mental health problems and increasingly for the management on on-going physical health problems.
Date: Feb/March 2020 (TBC)
Venue: London Spire East.
Cost £230 per person to include: all course materials and refreshments. Lunch not included.
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I have also been fortunate to deliver courses on behalf of Health Education Seminars, the Physiotherapy Pain Association and The Association of Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics.
"The CBT course was so useful and so interesting – I have an MS patient who reports LL weakness when out shopping and the new tools have led me to discover that rather than fatigue or muscle tone being the cause it’s a fear of automatic doors crushing her that is causing her to panic and need to sit down. Sorted with a chat about how the doors work and a walk round to ASDA to block the doorways for 10 mins! So thank you!"
"I would thoroughly recommend Zara Hansen's CBT training course to any Physiotherapist. Applying CBT skills to Physiotherapy practice is one of the most evidence based things a Physiotherapist can do and Dr Hansen is recognised as the most qualified and experienced Physiotherapy trainer in the field. These skills can be applied to any patient group at any level of practice and so have much more value than non-transferable skills. In the future this type of course will become mandatory. I would therefore advise any Physiotherapist to look ahead and get trained now."
"Many thanks for a fantastic course, I learnt a lot of practical information that I am really keen to try. Have already used the ‘pain pie’ which the patient seemed to understand! I am wondering if you could email through some vignettes. Many Thanks."
"Hi Zara. Just wanted to add a personal thanks for such an inspiring course over the last two days. Psychology and the influence of the mind has always been a very personal and close interest experience for me and being able to apply it both on professional and personal level is such an exciting concept now you have given me such excellent guidance"
"I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for an excellent course on Fri/Sat. I really enjoyed your teaching style and feel very well informed around the CB approach in physio practice. As previously mentioned, I'm working with physios that use this sort of approach in the management of back/spine problems and it is yielding fantastic results, so this course helped give me a proper insight into how this works in detail. It strikes me that the CB approach has fantastic applications to life as well as to clinical practice - I thinking all the way home about how I could apply it to all sorts of things!"
"A belated message to you to thank you for a brilliant course the other week in Oxford. Throughout all my training I have rarely been to such a well organized, engaging presentation - it's amazing how even after such long days you don't feel tired if you enjoy something! Given that I've just qualified I feel that it was a perfect course for me to attend prior to embarking on my career as a physio, and I am keen to start working with people with a good awareness of how CBT skills can be used. Many thanks again and please continue to offer such a valuable course to people!"
"For a number of years I have felt frustrated at the gap in my knowledge when faced with a challenging chronic pain patient. It was reassuring to learn that I was on the right lines, but, more importantly your course provided me with a whole wealth skills to apply when treating these patients and generally in my every day practice. There are certain aspects that I will use with all my patients and as a Mckenzie therapist feel the two approaches will compliment each other. In fact I have already changed my clinical practice and set the ball rolling with my first new patient on Monday who was a young soldier with chronic neck pain, in a cycle of fear avoidance. I have strongly recommended your course to my colleagues (in fact I think they are a bit bored of me harping on about it) and feel all physios should get at least this level of training."
"Today I had a patient return for a review of her back pain for possible inclusion in the back class. I hadn’t seen her before, she told me "I don’t want to end up in a wheelchair” “ I feel like my back will collapse” “ I don’t go abroad anymore-I couldn’t lift a suitcase!”.Prime for some graded exposure and thought challenging. I discharged her – only joking! Thanks again for a great course"