About the website
Getselfhelp.co.uk / Get.gg
This website started out as "mindinfo.co.uk" in 2000 primarily for in-patients of Albecq Ward (where I was working at the time) and other service users at the Castel Hospital, including the Day Centre, in Guernsey (Channel Islands). Service users often asked where they could find information about various conditions or treatment. I developed a list of relevant websites, but I decided it would be far easier to direct them to one webpage, which contained the links to all those other sites. So "mindinfo" was born.
The website has grown steadily over the years, and was rebranded as "get.gg" in 2008 when Mind (the UK national mental health charity) requested that I change the name of the site. I used that opportunity to completely overhaul the site to reflect the changes in my own practice. The more descriptive web domain name "getselfhelp.co.uk" was added in 2009 when the focus moved towards self-help and therapist resources.
Gradually, since September 2009, I've added the downloads section, and am continually developing and adding to the site. My main source of support for the website has been my friend and colleague Michelle Ayres. Together we have completed: The Decider: A Skills Manual, for which we were awarded the British Journal of Nursing's Mental Health Nurse of the year in March 2015.
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I initially qualified as a registered general nurse in 1981 (Dorset), then as a mental health nurse in 1985 (Exeter). I moved back home to Guernsey after a couple of years teaching sailing in Dartmouth, and have since worked mostly in adult acute mental health settings, using a variety of psychotherapeutic techniques, in individual and group work.
Most of my professional practice is in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (Certificate in CBT, Salford Cognitive Therapy Training Centre 2006 & post-graduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy for Severe Mental Health Problems, University of Southampton 2007/8). During the same period, I completed an Advanced Diploma in Nursing Studies (Mental Health) with University of Derby (2006-8).
I also have practitioner-level qualifications in Hypnotherapy (Insight Natural Health, GHR), Meridian Energy Therapies (Association of Meridian Energy Therapies), and Eye-Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) (EMDR Workshops), and have completed brief courses in Solution Focused Therapy, Life Coaching, and Colour Therapy.
I am registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR), and accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
I am employed as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with Guernsey's HSC (our NHS equivalent), previously in secondary care, and now with an IAPT-based primary care service. I spent a year in France 2012-2013 and I am therefore also registered with the AFTCC (the French CBT association - equivalent to BABCP) as a "membre Actif".
I am married to Malcolm, and have three children. Malcolm is a retired teacher (music), and he now works part time as the Trinity College of Music representative for the Channel Islands, and as a hypnotherapist.
Josh (Cottam) is 29 and the composer of all the music used with our mp3 files (BA Hons Music Composition from Dartington College of Music/University of Falmouth). In 2011, he won a world-wide composing competition at Abbey Road Studios. Josh plays organ, piano, drum kit and orchestral percussion. He is the timpani & percussion principal with the Bristol Symphony Orchestra, enjoys compassionate clowning and works as a carer in Bristol.
Naomi (Cottam) is 27 and completed a Philosophy degree at UWE Bristol, then a masters in Psychology at the University of Bristol. She trained as Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner in Colchester and worked as a PWP in Bristoluntil summer 2017. See Naomi's interview about her role at Bristol Wellbeing Therapies. She is now a trainee clinical psychologist at Plymouth University.
Rosie is the youngest at 12 years old. She likes to keep up her fluent French, and plays violin and bassoon.
My mum, Molly Bihet, is the author of 4 books about the German Occupation of Guernsey 1940-1945: Bihet.com. My dad, André Bihet, died in November 2010. His parents were French which has influenced my love of France.
I enjoy cycling everywhere on a variety of different bikes, including beautiful vintage French road bikes, an electric bike (pedelec), often with trailer, and a tandem. I try to find time for reading, visiting France, music (I am the least competent musician in the family) and maintaining various websites!
Carol Vivyan RMN, RGN, pgDip Cognitive
Therapy, D.Hyp, GQHP