Relational Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
with Dr. Antonietta DiCaccavo

Dr. Antonietta DiCaccavo, BSc(Hons), MSc, PhD, CPsychol.

Practitioner Counselling Psychologist

BABCP Accredited CBT Therapist (British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy) 

Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Registered by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Welcome to CBT South West

This website is designed for those based in the South West of England, who are considering cognitive behavioural therapy.  You can use the links at the top of the page to find out more about CBT, how I work, and how to contact me.

About me

I am a Practitioner Counselling Psychologist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (the independent Government appointed regulator of psychologists in the UK). I have a BSc in Psychology, a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology and a PhD  in Psychology.  I am a  Chartered member of  the British Psychological Society. I have previously worked with clients in the NHS and in University student counselling.

I am a fully accredited and experienced cognitive behavioural therapist.  I have also undergone training and worked with clients using  person-centred and psychodynamic perspectives. My preferred approach is an integration of these elements.  I describe my main way of working as relational cognitive behaviour therapy as clients explore the impact of unhelpful ways of thinking on their feelings and behaviour, within an empathic relationship with the therapist. In this supportive context, clients are able to challenge their thinking and develop more adaptive ways of being.

I adhere by the codes of ethics for the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy (BABCP) and British Psychological Society (BPS) and abide by their professional standards and practices. 


My Related work as a Trainer and Researcher

I have extensive experience as a trainer on Counselling Psychology programmes. I currently lead training in CBT for trainees on the Doctorate programme in Counselling Psychology at the University of the West of England.  I also supervise and conduct counselling psychology research and have had articles published in counselling psychology journals – some examples include:

  • DiCaccavo, A. (2008) Psychodynamic conceptualisation of obsessive thinking: An illustrative case study . Counselling Psychology Review, Vol . 23, No 4, 1-25
  • DiCaccavo , A. (2006) Working with parentification: Implications for clients and counselling psychologists. Psychology & Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice, Vol. 79, part 3, 469-479
  • DiCaccavo A. (2002) Investigating individuals' motivations to become counselling psychologists: The influence of early care taking roles within the family. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory Research and Practice, 75, 463-472

Continuing Professional Development and Workshop Provision

 I have delivered training to therapists within the NHS and to other organisations such as Relate.  I offer tailored workshops for groups of practitioners on subjects including; Introduction to CBT, CBT approaches to anxiety and depression and Compassion focused therapy. Please contact me to discuss this further if you are interested.

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