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Practice Philosophy and Values

Cognitive Behavioural psychotherapy is most effective when the therapist and client work together as a team by collaborating together to achieve goals that the client want to work towards. This means that the therapist shows a commitment to identify goals with the client, answers the client's questions, gives feedback, demonstrates enthusiasm and professionalism, treat the client with respect and dignity, and works to create a real experience of optimism, hope, and knowledge to every session in order to promote recovery.

Cognitive behavioural psychotherapy needs the client is willing to be an active participant – for example, by doing his or her best to try the homework assignments between sessions, and understands that good therapy and change are not always a comfortable experience – though usually very beneficial and rewarding.

I want my clients to find ways to create a more fulfilling life for themselves, and I want this to happen as soon as reasonably possible. I want to earn the confidence of my clients, but more importantly I want to show them how they can have confidence in themselves by changing the way that they think or behave. I want therapy to be a positive learning experience for my clients.

In my view cognitive behavioural psychotherapy is an excellent set of methods to achieve these ends. I greatly enjoy my work. Being a psychotherapist means that I experience the privilege of joining and working with people to overcome their problems even if just for a brief period of time – on their journey towards coping and then recovery.

Michael Townend

Michael Townend

PhD, RN, BSc, MSc, PgCert, AdBehCert, BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, BABCP Accredited Supervisor, BABCP Accredited Trainer. Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Michael has over 15 years specialist experience in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.

He is also qualified in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

His specialist interests are Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Adjustment Disorders, Health Anxiety and Diving Phobia.

He is an experienced trainer and supervisor.

Papers Published in Journals by Theme

Clinical Trials

Jackson, C., Trower, P., Reid, J., Smith, J., Birchwood, M., Hall, M., Townend, M., Barton, K., Jones, J., Ross, K., Russell, R. and Newton, E. (2010). Improving Psychological Adjustment Following a First Episode of Psychosis: A Randomised Controlled Trial of Cognitive Therapy to Reduce Post-Psychotic Trauma Symptoms. Behaviour Research and Therapy. 47, 6, 454 – 462.

Nuthall, A and Townend, M. (2007). CBT-Based Early Intervention to Prevent Panic Disorder: A Pilot Study. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 35, 1, 15-30.

Townend, M and Grant, A. (2006). Integrating Science and Practice, Cognitive Therapy and Driving Phobia. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 13, 554-561.

Single Case Studies

Grant, A. Townend, M, Mills, J. and Cockx, A. (2008). Formulation in cognitive behaviour therapy. Sage Publications, London. Incorporates three case studies.

Townend, M. and Smith M. E. (2007). Prevention of Domestic Abuse. Clinical Case Studies, 6: 443-453.

Townend, M. (2003). Cognitive therapy for driving phobia. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 31, 369–375.

Townend, M. (2003). Cognitive therapy for driving phobia. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, Extended Report Online Publication. Accessed 21st November 2007. http://www.journals.cambridge.org/action/displaySuppMaterial?cupCode=1&type=4&jid=BCP&volumeId=31&issueId=03&aid=167959

Townend, M. (2002). Individual Exposure Therapy for Delusional Disorder in the Elderly. A Case Study of a 71 Year Old Man. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 30, 103–109.

Townend, M., Iannetta, L. E. and Freeston, M. (2002). UK study of the supervision practices of Behavioural, Cognitive and Rational Emotive Behavioural Psychotherapists. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 30, 485–500.

Townend M. (1995) "Beyond belief" single-case study of hypochondriasis. Nursing Times. 91(42):38-40.

Townend, M. (1994). The efficacy of cognitive-behavioural psychotherapy for hypochondriasis: a pilot investigation. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing. 1(3): 185-6.

Sayer J. Townend M. (1992) A very personal problem a case study of BDD. Nursing Times. 88 (1): 44-6.

Education and Supervision

Alfara. J. I., Whitfield, G. and Townend, M. (2015). An internet survey of psychiatrists who have a particular interest in cognitive behavioural therapy: what is the place for the cognitive behavioural model in their role as a psychiatrist? 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1754470X15000021.

Townend, M. (2008). Clinical supervision in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy: development of a model through grounded theory. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 15, 4, 328-339.

Grant, A. and Townend, M. (2007). Clinical Supervision: Rescuing the Organisational Dynamic. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 14, 609-14.

Townend, M and Wood, W. (2007). Online supervisor training. Therapy Today, July, 42-44.

Sutton, E., Townend, M. and Wright, J. (2007). Reflective Learning Logs in the Training of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy Students. Relective Practice, 8, 387-404.

Townend, M. (2005). Interprofessional supervision from the perspectives of both mental health nurses and other professionals in the field of cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 12, 582–588.

Townend, M. (2004). Supervision contracts in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. Supervison Supplement, August, 1-4, BABCP, Accrington.

Service User Involvement

Townend, M., Tew, J., Grant, A. and Repper, J. (2008). Involvement of service users in education and training: a review of the literature and exploration of the implications for the education and training of psychological therapists. Journal of Mental Health.

Tew, J., Hendry, S., Townend, M. (2003). Beyond us and them. Mental Health Today, September. 30-32.

Tew, J., Townend, M., and Hendry, S., with Ryan, D., Glynn, T., and Clark, M. (2003) On the Road to Partnership? User Involvement in Education and Training in the West Midlands. Redditch: NIMHE. West Midlands Regional Development Centre. http://www.mhhe.heacademy.ac.uk/docs/external/ontheroad.doc accessed on 20th January 2007.

Townend, M. and Braithwaite, T. (2002). Service user involvement in research. Journal of Mental Health, 11, 2, 117-119.

Townend, M and Shackley, P. (2002). A pilot investigation of conjoint analysis to measure service user preferences for day hospital care. Journal of Mental Health, 11, 1, 85-96.

Townend, M. (2000). Quantitative measurement of service user preferences for mental healthcare: A comparison between consumer satisfaction surveys and conjoint analysis. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, 7, 287-288.

Townend, M. (2000). An application of conjoint analysis to the process of psychiatric day hospital care. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing, 7, 371-372

Policy and Practice

Cox, A.M., Brannigan, C., Harling, M. & Townend, M. (2016) ‘The factors that influence decision making by 8-12 year olds in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS): a systematic review’, Research, Policy and Planning , 31(3), pp. 195-207.

Townend, M. (2009). The cognitive behavioural therapist. Editorial for the inaugural issue. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist. 1, 2, 1-2.

Grant, A. And Townend, M. (2009). Evidence-based practice and the need for paradigmatic pluralism in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 16, 368–375

Hebblewaite, P and Townend, M. (2008). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Inevitable expansion, criticisms and misconceptions of the model – are they justified Part Two? Accord, September, 16-20.

Hebblewaite, P and Townend, M. (2008). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Inevitable expansion, criticisms and misconceptions of the model – are they justified Part One? Accord, May, 14-18.

Townend, M. (1997). Mental health pathways to care. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing. 4(2): 149-50.

Townend, M. (1997). Paradoxical policies and their impact on mental health care. British Journal of Nursing. 6(4): 190-191.

Research Method Development

Fakis, A., Hilliam, R., Stoneley, H and Townend, M. (2014). Quantitative Analysis of Qualitative Information From Interviews: A Systematic Literature Review. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. 8 (2): 139-161.

Fakis, A., Hilliam, R., Townend, M., Stoneley, H., & Robinson, G. (2014). Mothers’ and grandmothers’ perceptions relating to causality, treatment and support for families of a child with a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: Applying enosis, an alternative mixed methods approach. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches, 8(2), 148–165.

Books and Chapters in Books Published

Grant, A, Townend, M et al (2008). Assessment and Formulation in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy. Sage. London.

Townend, M and Wood, W (2009) E and Blended Learning in the teaching of Supervision . In Henderson P ed in Supervison Science and Practice. Karnac.

Grant, A., Mulhern, R., Short, N and Townend, M. (2010). Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Psychiatric Problems 2nd edition, Sage, London.

Wood, W and Townend, M (2012). Assessment in CBT. In Handbook of Counselling, ed Feltham, C. Sage, London.

Corrie, S., Townend, M. and Cockx, A. 2nd Edition (2016) Assessment and Formulation in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy. Sage. London.