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Computer Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Affordable treatment for panic, anxiety, depression and stress.

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Dr Purves Programs That Help You without drugs or a therapist.

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Little Bites

Short videos that illustrate key and important psychological points from working with clients or from the research.

Panic Pit Stop

Our brain creates panic out of an interpretation of the unique circumstances of your life. Probably never to be repeated but your brain may not recognise that.

The 7 Rules of Active Self Help

Dr David Purves creates Active Self Help films that empower you to change your life for the better.

Regain of Your Feeling of Control

All psychological problems like depression, axiety and stress deplete your sense of personal control.

Insights From Clinic

Why it takes time for therapy to work for anxiety and depression.

Stress, Anxiety, PTSD & Depression

In this video he describes the absolute key differences and with that information explodes the mystery surrounding these life destroying problems.

Learn how to close the 5 doors

Join my community and learn everything you need to close the 5 doors to anxiety and much much more.

Consultant Psychologist

Clinical Director of the Berkshire Psychology Service and author of Blues Begone, Panic Pit Stop, Mood Control and The Mindfulness Journey.

Dr David Purves, is a psychologist in Reading, Berkshire with a D. Phil in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford. He is also qualified as a psychotherapist, is an accredited CBT therapist and Chartered Scientist.

Dr Purves’ other academic qualifications include a first class degree in Psychology from Lancaster University and a Master of Science (MSc) in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy from LMU.

When CBT is explained well it is easy to apply to your life.

Prior to starting The Berkshire Psychology Service Dr Purves was head of the Berkshire NHS Traumatic Stress Service.

Dr Purves has created three popular computerised CBT products, Blues Begone and Mood Control and Panic Pit Stop which treat depression, anxiety and panic.

In addition he is author of a number of academic articles; national and international speaker on the subjects of trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and computerised cognitive behaviour therapy; expert psychologist on disaster and trauma; and an expert witness to the courts regarding instances of trauma and PTSD.

What Clients Say

Hello, Dr. Purves! I am really enjoying and learning so much from your Panic Pit Stop program...much more than I have ever learned in the past three years from my two previous counsellors. Neither of them have come close to teaching what I have learned from your program - sad to say, in the three years I was going to see these therapists (one being an actual psychologist) not one of them ever took the time to teach me, talk with me about (at any length) any of the information that you have imparted! In fact, I was telling my husband that I now look back at all of that time spent and it seems to me that all they wanted to do was just sit and listen to me talk, while helpful, no one ever gave me any constructive framework in which to truly get better - to get well. Your course is proving to be the missing piece. Thank you. Lastly, thank you for your time and thank you for providing the help so many of us out here need! Marion.

Testimonial - A Changed Life

Over many years, I’ve consulted mental health professionals who diagnosed me with suffering from depression. I was always on edge and fearful, but I didn’t know I had anxiety as well till it manifested itself in the form of a series of panic attacks in 2016, landing me in hospital a few times. After being checked out by specialists and given the clear, the Panic Pit Stop App came to my attention. I had been familiar with Dr. Purves’ previous Mood Control series through his You Tube videos. I was particularly excited about the app which then led me to go more in-depth with the Panic Pit Stop Course. Up till then, I had managed as best I could to cope on my own because seeing a psychologist on a long-term basis was beyond my financial reach. The Panic Pit Stop Course, incredibly affordable, by the way, came to my rescue. After I signed up, I received a new module each week building on the previous week’s coursework, via email that included a video and/or audio, plus worksheets to download and print. Within a week of diligently doing the worksheets, I already began to feel more assured as the information I applied slowly began to unravel my faulty thought patterns. Note in my first sentence I said “suffering from depression.” But learning how the brain works in that depression and anxiety are outcomes from a faulty thinking process, it gave me great hope that I could stop the process and change the outcome. I could do something about my suffering. The most mind-empowering information I gleaned from the course was that “You are safer than you think you are, and you are stronger than you think you are.” Within three months, I learned to master control over anxiety and depression and haven’t had another panic attack since.

Carol - Retired

Thank you, David. I love the logic and strategic approach to your program. "If you were under real threat you'd be defending your life - you'd be running away." So logical! No other psychologist (or psychiatrist) I've seen over the years, has defined the thinking patterns and behaviours like you have! Having watched the videos on the Panic Pit Stop, I could now clearly (for the first time in decades) identify my problem as being anxiety. I'm surprised that what research has shown so far, that the ER medics don't diagnose a panic/attack when all the vital organs and blood work check out normal. I am so relieved that you are showing me how to take the next steps.

Lynne Watts - A Successful Journey Taken

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