Hadassah Townend (Lipszyc) PG Dip MBACP

Hadassah Townend (Lipszyc) PG Dip MBACP




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About me

I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist offering professional therapy for adults.  My aim is to help you through difficult periods in your life by better understanding what it is that you are struggling with, exploring ways to realise your own ability to cope and, ultimately, achieve your true potential

I provide a safe and confidential environment and work together with you to ensure that you get the most out of our sessions. Most importantly, you will feel listened to and supported throughout our work together

Emotional feelings are a natural occurrence of human nature. For the majority of time they are healthy and manageable, but occasionally they become overwhelming and we can feel unable to cope and in need of some support to get things back into perspective.

What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of 'thinking' in how we feel and how that affects what we do. Focusing on how you think about the things going on in your life (your thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes, your past experiences and how these things relate to your current problems) our work then looks at ways you can change negative patterns of thinking or behaviour and process them in a more constructive way

Your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, often trapping you in a negative spiral. CBT helps you stop these negative cycles, breaking down factors that are making you feel depressed or anxious so that they become more manageable. It shows you how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you think and feel.

During our therapy sessions we work together toward finding strategies that will achieve your specific goals. I will help you learn to observe your thoughts and beliefs and then to identify and understand their link to your  thoughts, feelings and behaviour

Why Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is widely used within the NHS and the private sector. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT for the treatment of depression and anxiety.More than any other talking therapy, CBT has been the subject of extensive and well-documented research which has shown that after completing therapy, people continue to stay well for longer.

My emphasis is on finding solutions that work, so that you eventually become your own therapist, applying new skills and techniques to old and unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications & Experience

I undertook my training at Birkbeck University of London and the University of Wales

Training received at Birkbeck University:

  • Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

  • Positive Psychology: Psychology of Well-Being

  • Psychological Issues in Adolescence

  • Understanding Mental Health

  • Introduction to Counselling Course

  • Certificate in Counselling and Counselling skills (psychodynamic and person centred approaches)

Training received at University of Wales:

Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

BABCP training courses:

Schema Focused Therapy and CBT for Complex Trauma

CBT for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder



Although my main approach is CBT, I have also trained in psychodynamic and person centred counselling which enables me to work in an integrative way and to draw from all three therapeutic modalities when necessary, depending on your individual needs . Working in both London and Gloucestershire, I have counselled adults of all ages experiencing a range of problems.

I currently work part-time for the NHS Let’s talk service and have over seven years experience in the counselling field , working both privately and for the NHS. I have gained a variety of experience with issues such as depression, anxiety, panick attacks, OCD , phobias, eating disorders and low self esteem. I am a member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and am bound by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.


I have full personal indemnity insurance.

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Accredited register membership



Therapy is short to medium-term depending on your circumstances.

Following an initial assessment consultation of about an hour, regular sessions last for 50 minutes and are usually weekly to begin with, sometimes becoming less frequent as you progress.

I practice at Cheltenham Mediation and Therapy Rooms in the centre of Cheltenham and from my home in Overbury, a tranquil village in the Cotswolds within easy reach of Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Evesham,Gloucester and Worcester.

50 minute session: Overbury £40 Cheltenham £50

Further information


call me on 07816 522 821

or email: hadassah@cbtandcounselling.co.uk

I am based both at my practice in the centre of Cheltenham and in Overbury, north Gloucestershire - 10 miles north of Cheltenham and 7 miles east of Tewkesbury.

Address and directions will be provided prior to your first appointment.

Maps & Directions

Tewkesbury, GL20
Cheltenham, GL50

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None
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