Practicing Since: 2012
Issues: mental health issues, chronic illness
Special Populations Served: adults
Disorders Served: Depression, Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, Low Self-Esteem, Postnatal Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Low Self-Esteem, Long Term Health Conditions, and Medical Unexplained Physical Health difficulties
About: Eloïse McCorkle is a specialized therapist in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is clinically effective in treating severe mental health disorders. CBT is one of the most empirically supported talking therapies. She worked in Great Britain for six years and recently moved to Annapolis after her husband’s relocation with the US Air Force. Eloïse has worked with a broad spectrum of mental health difficulties, co-authored an anxiety self-help manual, and successfully led group therapy programs.
She believes that significant change cannot occur without God’s grace and provision. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is present focused and goal orientated. It explores the interdependent relationship between unhelpful thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical symptoms. The model emphasizes that it is not external factors such as people, situations, and events alone that cause emotional distress, but the individual’s interpretation of that situation. Such a cycle is maintained by the individual’s emotional response to the situation, and reinforced by engaging with unhelpful behaviors.
The practical benefit of this perspective is that we can alter the way we think to have a positive effect on how we feel and act, even if the external factors fail to change. Techniques are also learned to develop better coping strategies and reduce patterns of avoidance.
Eloïse received her undergraduate degree in Psychology (BS) from the University West of England, postgraduate certificate in Low Intensity Psychological Therapies from the Anglia Ruskin University, and post graduate diploma (a 2 year Masters-level program) in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from the University of Hertfordshire. Eloïse is currently undertaking a course in Dynamics of Biblical Change with CCEF.