About Izabel Nedeva

I’m a psychologist and a registered cognitive behavioural therapist specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

My job is to help you make sense of your struggles and to help you overcome them efficiently. I conduct psychological assessments of common mental health problems, and provide individual therapy to adults (18+). I utilize evidence-based psychotherapy for the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, low self-esteem, anger issues, relationship problems, post traumatic stress disorder , sleep problems and challenging life transitions.

I’m a psychologist and a licensed cognitive behavioural therapist specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

My job is to help you make sense of your struggles and to help you overcome them efficiently. I conduct psychological assessments of common mental health problems, and provide individual therapy to adults (18+). I utilize evidence-based psychotherapy for the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, low self-esteem, anger issues, relationship problems, post traumatic stress disorder , sleep problems and challenging life transitions.

Qualifications & Training

CBT for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Symposium University of Salford, 01/2019

• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Diagnostic Criteria
• Obsessions
• Compulsions
• Linking Obsessions and Compulsions
• Behavioral Explanation
• Cognitive Aspects of OCD
• CBT Treatment for OCD 

Effective Supervision Symposium, University of Salford, 01/2019

• An empirical definition of clinical supervision
• Generic Models of clinical supervision
• Cognitive Approaches to clinical supervision
• Structure of sessions
• Content of sessions
• Interpersonal process in CT supervision
• Supervision guidelines
• Process Evaluation of Training and Supervision
• Evidence-based model
• Supervision competences
• The therapy/education/supervision interface 

Anxiety Disorders Training, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 12/2019

• Recognition of Anxiety Disorders
• Assessment of Anxiety Disorders
• Interventions and treatments of Anxiety Disorders 

CBT for Health Anxiety Symposium, University of Salford, 12/2018

• Health Anxiety Diagnostic Criteria and Considerations
• Key features of health anxiety
• Case Conceptualisation of Health Anxiety
• Cognitive model of health anxiety
• Aims of therapy / General Points
• CBT Treatment for Health Anxiety 

CBT for Generalized Anxiety Disorder Symposium, University of Salford, 12/2018

• Generalized Anxiety Disorder Epidemiology
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder Diagnostic Criteria and Considerations
• Somatic symptoms
• Comorbidity
• Aetiology of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
• Generic Factors and Biological Models
• Environmental / Psychological factors
• Research into Psychological factors
• Clinical Implications: Conceptualization & Tx Focus
• Theories of the Disorder
• CBT Treatment for Generalized Anxiety Disorder 

CBT for Panic Disorder Symposium, University of Salford, 11/2018

• Panic Disorder Diagnostic Criteria and Considerations
• Panic attack DSM-5 symptoms
• Agoraphobia Diagnostic Criteria and Considerations
• Core Patterns and Thoughts in Panic Disorder
• Cognitive-Behavioral Model of Panic Disorder
• Case Example
• Core Elements of CBT for Panic Disorder
• Strategies to Enhance CBT
• Preventive Treatment
• Exporting Treatment: Benchmarking Research

Running CBT Groups Master Practitioner Diploma, SDS Seminars Ltd, 09/2018

• Effectiveness of CBT groups
• Preparing a CBT group
• Leading a CBT group
• Group Processes

CBT for Social Anxiety Disorder Symposium, University of Salford, 08/2018

• Social Anxiety Disorder Diagnostic Criteria
• Social Anxiety Disorder Subtypes
• An Epidemiologic Perspective on Social Anxiety Disorder
• Comorbidities and Consequences
• Aethiology of Social Anxiety Disorder
• Biology of Social Anxiety Disorder
• Neuroimaging
• Kagan’s Temperamental / Biological Theory and Prevention
• Prognosis
• NICE Treatment
• CBT Treatment for Social Anxiety Disorder

CBT for Specific Phobias Symposium, University of Salford, 08/2018

• Phobia Diagnostic Criteria
• Types of Phobias
• Autonomic, Behavioural & Cognitive symptoms
• Epidemiology
• Clinical Presentations
-Animal Subtype
-Natural Environment
-Situational Phobia
-Claustrophobia
-Blood-Injury-Injection Phobia
-Blood-Injection-Injury cluster -subtype (BII)
-Phobia of Choking
-Phobia of Vomiting
-‘Space Phobia’
-Dental Phobia
-Phobia of Noise (e.g. balloons, fireworks)
-Phobia of ‘Illness’
-Phobia of Buttons, clowns, cotton wool
• Assessment
• Formulations
• Type-Specific CBT Treatments
• Evidence for Psychological Therapies

COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY FOR PTSD symposium , UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD, 08/2018

• PTSD Diagnostic Criteria
• Predictors of PTSD
• Incidence and Prevalence
• Epidemiology of PTSD
• Current research evidence
• CBT Models of PTSD
• Autobiographical Memory
• CBT Treatment for PTSD
• Skills-Based Learning

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Panic Disorder, IAPT CPD Masterclass, 07/2018

• Basic facts about Panic
• Diagnostic Features
• Physical Symptoms
• Psychological Symptoms
• Differential Diagnosis
• Agoraphobia
• The Cognitive Model
• CBT Treatment

BEHAVIOURAL ACTIVATION FOR DEPRESSION symposium, UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD , 07/2018

• BA Process of Depression
• Background to BA
• Types of BA
• BA Key Principles
• Assessment
• BA Treatment for Depression

Visual Impairment Training, Merton Vision, 07/2018

• Eye Conditions
– Cataracts
– Glaucoma
– Retinitis Pigmentosa
– Hemianopia
– Diabetic Retinopathy
• Age Related Macular Degeneration
• Psychological Impact
• Help accessibility
• Adaptive Techniques
• Adaptive Technologies

Cognitive Therapy for Depression symposium, University of Salford, 06/2018

• The Nature of Depression
• DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Depression
• DSM-IV Severities of Depression
• Changes from DSM IV to DSM V
• Prevalence of Depression
• Impact on Society
• Beck’s Cognitive Theory of Depression
• Cognitive Behavioural Theory of Depression
• Cognitive Model of Depression
• Theory of Cognitive Therapy
• Components of Cognitive Therapy
• Cognitive Therapy Techniques
• Behavioural Strategies
• Considerations when Treating Depressed Patients

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Diabetes, IAPT CPD Masterclass, 06/2018

• Diabetes – The Medical Component and Symptoms
• Diabetes – Type I and Type II
• Diabetes – Hypo’s and Hyper’s
• Diabetes Self-Management Tasks
• Diabulimia
• CBT for Diabetes – Assessment Competences
• CBT for Diabetes – Formulation Competences
• CBT for Diabetes – Treatment Interventions

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IAPT CPD Masterclass, 04/2018

• IBS – The Medical Component and Symptoms
• Bio-Psychosocial Model: Engel (1977)
• CBT for IBS – Assessment Competences
• CBT for IBS – Formulation Competences
• CBT for IBS – Treatment Interventions

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain, IAPT CPD Masterclass, 03/2018

• CBT vs ACT
• Acceptance
• Dimensions of Pain
• ACT Hexaflex
• ACT Formulation for Chronic Pain
• ACT Treatment
• Jon Kabat-Zinn: Healing and the Mind
• Mindfulness and Pain Processing
• Valued Living and Committed Action

Skills for Health Training, The CPD Standards Office, 10/2017

• NHS Conflict Resolution
• Equality, Diversity and Human Rights
• Fire Safety and Emergency
• Health, Safety and Welfare
• Infection Prevention and Control
• Information Governance & Caldicott Principles
• Moving and Handling
• First Response
• Basic Life Support and Resuscitation
• Safeguarding Adults – Level 2 (Part One)
• Safeguarding Adults – Level 2 (Part Two)
• Safeguarding Children – Level 2 (Part One)
• Safeguarding Children – Level 2 (Part Two)
• Violence and Aggression
• Preventing Radicalization

ICS Training, ICS Academy, 10/2017

• Equality, Diversity and human rights – UKCSTF v1.2 level 2
• Information Governance
• Safeguarding of Adults
• Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults Level 2
• Safeguarding Children UCCSTF v1.2 Level 2
• Child Protection Level Two
• Managing Violence and Aggression
• Health, Safety and welfare in the workplace – with Lone working
• Infection Control – UKCSTF v1.2 Level 2 Infection Control
• Basic Food Hygiene
• Fire Safety
• Basic Life support with child modifications (Paeds not included) – Practical
• Basic Life support (Paediatrics) – Practical
• Manual Handling – Practical and theory
• Customer Care (Complaints Handling)
• Counter Fraud

Mindfulness Symposium, University of Salford, 06/2017

• Mindfulness Student and Client Voices and Vulnerabilities – a Brief Reflection on Research and Experience
• A Competency-Based to Teaching Mindfulness Safely – Experiential Focus
• A Competency-Based to Teaching Mindfulness Safely – Theoretical Focus
• Mindfulness and Substance Misuse – Being on Purpose
• Mindfulness and Art

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Symposium, University of Salford, 06/2017

• Compassion Focused Therapy for CBT students
• CBT and Cardiac Arrest
• Physical Health and Mindfulness
• Personal Experience of Addiction
• PhD Research Personality Disorder
• Importance of Treating Perinatal Illness and How CBT Can Help
• Personal Experience of Post-Natal Depression

MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, University of Salford, 09/2016 – 09/2017

• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Introduction
-Rationale for CBT
-Research Evidence
-Integration
-Dreyfus Model of Competence
-Roth and Pilling CBT Competence
-BABCP Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics
-CBT skill – Boundary Setting and Engagement
-Agenda Setting
-Assessment Theory and Skills
-Problem Definition
-CBT Skill – Agenda Setting and Goal Setting
-Formulation/Case Conceptualisation
-CBT Skill – Formulation Practice
-Anxiety Disorders – Assessment and Treatment
-Consolidation
-CBT Skill – Homework Setting
-Depression – Assessment and Treatment
-CBT Skill – Activity Monitoring and Scheduling
-Relapse Prevention
• Frontiers of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
-CBT and Development Third Wave CBT
-CBT Skill – Cognitive Restructuring
-CBT Skill – Moving from Assessment to Formulation to Intervention and Evaluation
-Use of Evidence in CBT
-Critique of CBT
– CBT skills – Looking for Evidence For and Against (Cognitive Restructuring)
-Experiential Introduction to Mindfulness Based Approaches
-CBT Skill –Mindfulness
-Compassion Focused Therapy
-CBT Skill – Compassionate Image/Compassionate Letter Writing
-Research, Philosophy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
-CBT for People with Personality Disorder (Beck, Davidson and DBT)
-CBT Skill – Working with Continuums and Core Beliefs
-ACT 1 – Exploring the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy model
-CBT Skill – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
-ACT 2- Formulations and Applications
-CBT Skill – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
-The use of Metaphor in CBT
-CBT Skill – Using Metaphors in CBT
-CBT Skill Using Imagery
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Disorders and Addictions
-Confidentiality Boundary Setting and Risk
-CBT Skill – Assessment and Boundary Setting
-Generalised Anxiety Disorder
-CBT Skill – Behavioural Experiments
-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
-CBT Skill – Imaginal exposure
-Phobias and Health Anxiety
-CBT Skill – In Vivo exposure
-Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
-CBT Skill – Homework Setting
-Self-Harm and Addiction
-CBT Skill – Self-Soothing and Compassionate Image
-Panic Disorder
-CBT Skill – Psychoeducation
-Evidence Based Psychological Interventions for Addictive Behaviours
-CBT Skill – Maintenance Formulations
-Addictive Behaviour – Drugs and Alcohol
-CBT Skill – Surfing Cravings
-Social Anxiety
– CBT Skill – Problem Solving
– Anxiety and Depression- Psychopharmacology and Medication concordance
• CBT for Complex Cases
-Therapeutic Engagement with Clients
-CBT Skill – Engagement and Managing endings.
-Formulation with Complex Presentations
-CBT Skill – Formulation Maintenance and Longitudinal
-Interpersonal Issues and CBT
-CBT Skill – Formulation in Supervision
-CBT for People with Psychosis
-CBT Skill – Working with Delusions and Hallucinations
-Group CBT for Sex Offenders
-CBT Skill – Thinking Error Identification or Victim Empathy
-Introduction to Stress Vulnerability Model / Diathesis Model
-CBT Skill – Psycho-education Interventions in Psychosis and Normalisation
-Working with Survivors of Trauma/ Abuse/ Complex PTSD
-CBT Skill – Schema Therapy (Young)
-CBT Skill – Formulation in Schema Therapy
-Early Interventions (Rationale of Early Experiences and Intervention)
-CBT for Bipolar Disorder
-CBT Skill -Group CBT for Body Dysmorphic disorder
-CBT Skill – Behavioural experiments
-Relapse Prevention

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Diploma Certificate, Centre of Excellence, 07/2015 – 12/2015

• Cognitive Psychology
•Behavioural Psychology
•Human Emotions
-The Biological Component of Emotion
-Expression of Emotion
•Levels of Change
-Motivation to Change
•Counselling Skills
-Characteristics of Effective Helpers
-Basic Counselling skills
-The Counselling Process
-Professional Boundaries
-Professional Supervision
-Ethical codes
-Burnout
•Counselling Approaches
-Development Psychology
-Psychotherapy
-Humanism
•CBT Principles
•Characteristics of CBT
-Irrational belief patterns
-The ABC model
•Planning a CBT Session
•CBT Assessment
•CBT Techniques
-Automatic Thoughts
-Altering Cognitive Distortions
-Cognitive restructuring
-Thought stopping
-Challenging core beliefs
• CBT Applications: Depression
-Immobilisation
• CBT Applications: Anxiety
-Relaxation
•CBT Applications: Phobias
-Systematic Desensitisation
•CBT Applications: Insomnia
-Sleep hygiene
-Sleep diary
-Sleep restriction method
-Cognitive restructuring
•CBT Applications: Anger Management
-Anger Control
•CBT Variations: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
•CBT Variations: Solution Focussed Brief Therapy (SFBT)

BSc Psychology, Bangor University, 09/2012 – 06/2015

• Counselling Psychology
-Counselling & Psychotherapy
-Humanistic Approach & Person-Centered Therapy
-Psychodynamic Approach & Psychoanalytic Therapy
-Behavioural Approach & Behaviour Therapy
-Cognitive Approach & Cognitive Therapy
•Clinical and Health Psychology
-Psychopathological Disorders and Treatment
-Diagnostic Classification Systems (DSM-5 and ICD-11)
-Anxiety Disorders
-Mood disorders
-Emotion regulation disorders
-Substance use disorders
-Impulse control disorders
-Suicide
-Self-harm
-Personality disorders
•Psychobiology
-Neurology and Neuropsychology
-Neuroanatomy
-Psychopharmachology
-Neuropsychiatric disorders
-Neuropsychology of language and memory
-Neuropsychology of sensation and perception
•Developmental Psychology
– Prenatal development and Birth
– Early development, Perception, and Learning;
– Cognitive development (Piagetian theory)
– Cognitive development (Vygotskian theory)
– Development of Social Cognition, Imitation, and Theory of Mind
– Development of Language and Communication
– Development of Emotions and Attachment.
•Psychology of Addictive Behaviours
– Psychological Theories of Addiction
– Biological and Sociocultural Determinants of Addictive Behaviours
– Psychological Principles of substance misuse
– Assessment and Treatment Techniques
•Social Psychology
– Social Perception
– Social Contact
– Social Groups
– Social Influence
– Social Support
– Interpersonal Relationships
– Prosocial Behaviour
•Cognitive Psychology
– Selective Attention
– Visual Perception
– Auditory Perception
-Memory
-Learning & Language
•Brain and Mind
-Brain Anatomy
-Brain Neurons
-Higher Visual Processes
-Emotions and Executive Functions
-Cerebral Functional Asymmetry
-Language Processing
• Personality and Individual Differences
-Trait Psychology and Psychological Assessment
-Personality and Intelligence Tests
-Personality Disorders
-Anxiety Disorders
-Humanistic Approach to Personality
-Cognitive Approach to Personality
•Intelligence
– Phylogenesis and Ontogenesis of Human Intelligence
– Genetic and Environmental Influences
– Flynn Effect
– Trait Paradigm
– Individual differences
– Religion, Political Beliefs, Mental Health and Life Expectation
– Intelligence Research
– Psychometric Intelligence (Statistics and Test Construction)
– Neuroscience
•Environmental Psychology
•Consumer psychology

SPECIALIZATION

I treat variety of common mental health issues, however, the treatment of anxiety disorders is main area of expertise and interest. These include:

Prenatal Anxiety: characterized by excessive worry and anxiety experienced by women during pregnancy.
Postnatal Anxiety: characterized by excessive worry and anxiety experienced by women after giving birth.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): characterized by chronic anxiety, excessive worry and tension.
Panic Disorder: characterized by unexpected and repeated panic attacks.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): characterized by recurrent, unwanted and intrusive thoughts and/or repetitive behaviors.
Health Anxiety: characterized by an obsessional preoccupation with the idea that one is currently (or will be) experiencing a physical illness.
Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD): characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): characterized by anxiety symptoms developed in response to a terrifying event.

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