Elizabeth (Liz) James BA Hons, PG Dip, Assoc CIPD, Reg. MBACP (Accredited)

Elizabeth (Liz) James BA Hons, PG Dip, Assoc CIPD, Reg. MBACP (Accredited)

Cowbridge Road East

Whitchurch Rd
South Glamorgan
CF14 3NB

07980494 121

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Cowbridge Road East

Whitchurch Rd
South Glamorgan
CF14 3NB

07980494 121

About me

Thank you for visiting my profile.  I have specialised in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and am a fully-qualified CBT therapist/counsellor having gained a postgraduate diploma in CBT and I have also attained accreditation.  I provide 1-2-1 CBT sessions for adults.  CBT is evidence-based (substantial research has been carried out showing it can be effective) and is recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) especially for anxiety (in its many forms) and depression. 

CBT provides a safe, reassuring structure from which to explore individual problems and the connection between each client's emotions, thoughts, behaviour and physical reactions.  We would focus on your goals from the outset.  Discovering what has led to your current beliefs and vicious cycles can be helpful but there is no necessity to dwell on the past.  Sessions are usually on a short-term basis and I do not ask clients to attend a fixed number of sessions.  Sessions may be booked on a weekly, fortnightly or less frequent basis at the pace that is best for you.  I believe in therapy that is accessible in terms of fees, flexibility and absence of waiting lists.  CBT involves a client and therapist working together in a collaborative way and feedback from clients is encouraged.  The trusting alliance between a client and CBT therapist is important and so is the passing on of information and techniques that can be used by a client between sessions and after sessions have ended.

A knowledge of personnel and legal matters has nurtured my interest in occupational problems (such as bullying and work related stress) and made me acutely aware of the importance of confidentiality.  There would be exceptions to confidentiality regarding our work together, for example, I attend 1-2-1 clinical supervision every month to maintain standards and to adhere to ethical frameworks. 

Having studied languages and literature (Welsh, English, medieval English, French) to advanced levels I believe that writing about thoughts and feelings is often therapeutic and keeping thought records can be an effective CBT tool. 

I have benefited from many years of varied work experience with diverse clients and I believe in continuous improvement, therefore, I attend courses to keep my skills and knowledge wide and updated. 

I am a registered counsellor (registration no. 037157) and member of BACP (MBACP) and I am also accredited by BACP which is the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. I am also an associate member of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development). I abide by their standards and ethics.  I have registered with the ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) and conform with the Data Protection Act.  I have been issued with DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and formerly CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) certificates.

If you are interested in booking a CBT/counselling session with me please don't hesitate to leave a message by e-mail or telephone/text and I will reply without delay.  I would send further information to you by e-mail before our first session.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Pg Dip/Postgraduate Diploma (level 7) in therapeutic counselling (CBT) - BACP accredited course - University of Wales, Faculty of Education & Social Sciences
  • MBACP & Accredited & Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist (no. 037157)
  • PG Dip/Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management - University of South Wales
  • Assoc CIPD
  • Postgraduate Professional Law Examination - Law Society/UWE Bristol
  • BA (Honours) Degree - English Literature - Cardiff University
  • Welsh as a 2nd Language Certificate - Cardiff University
  • Counselling Certificate (1995)

Examples of Additional Completed Training Courses/Workshops

  • Psychology and adult life (Cardiff University)
  • Mental health first aid (Mind/NHS)
  • Visual impairment awareness
  • Mental health awareness (CIPD/Gofal/Time to Change Wales)
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression (University of Wales)
  • Loss, grief & attachment (University of Wales)
  • Working with shame (University of Wales)
  • Brief solution focused therapy (University of Wales)
  • Integrating arts methods in counselling (University of Wales)
  • Writing for wellbeing (Orchard Foundation, Bristol)
  • ACT - acceptance & commitment therapy
  • Stress management (National Assembly)
  • Debt negotiation
  • Customer services
  • Working with trauma (NHS/University Health Board)
  • Attachment, trauma & relationships (NHS/University Health Board)
  • Eating disorders (NHS/University Health Board)
  • Schema therapy (NHS/University Health Board)
  • Compassion focused therapy (BABCP)
  • Treating disgust (BABCP)
  • Shame-based PTSD (BABCP)
  • Management of chronic pain (BABCP)
  • CBT for perfectionism (BABCP)
  • CBT for insomnia/sleep problems (BABCP)
  • Building Resilience (BABCP 2016)
  • Psychological Trauma Society, OCD-UK conferences

Experience as a CBT Therapist

  • NHS/University Health Board/GPs' surgery
  • Mind (mental health charity)
  • A UK-wide charity that helps people with anxiety
  • Ty Elis Counselling and Psychotherapy (an organisational member of BACP)
  • Self-employed/private practice

Additional Previous Employment/Work Experience

  • NHS Directorate
  • NHS - personnel departments
  • Human resources
  • National Assembly
  • Customer care & services (including dealing with emergencies)
  • Private tutor (English language & literature)
  • Literacy skills mentor
  • Solicitors' offices - assisting people with legal problems and court attendances
  • Helping people affected by road traffic accidents
  • Various charities that provide support including for people with learning disabilities and visual impairment

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Panic attacks
  • Emotional eating
  • Pain management
  • Sleep problems
  • Low mood
  • Loneliness
  • Social anxiety
  • Menopause
  • Women's issues
  • Health related issues
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Colitis
  • Migraine
  • Loss
  • Personal development
  • Perfectionism
  • Guilt & shame
  • Self-compassion
  • Building resilience
  • Occupational problems


£40 for each session of 50 minutes (an equal fee for all new clients and every session).

Further information

We would meet for our CBT/counselling sessions at one of the following locations (the most convenient for you):

  • Counselling premises on Whitchurch Rd, Heath, CARDIFF close to cafes, shops and bus stops (Companies House/Newfoundland Road routes 38, 38A, 35, 36) with free adjacent roadside parking
  • Mindfulness, health and wellbeing premises on Cowbridge Road East, Canton, CARDIFF close to cafes, shops, opposite a bus stop (routes 12, 13, 15, 17, 18) with free adjacent roadside parking/free parking on-site
  • Wellbeing premises in a quiet, residential street in THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN (Penarth) with free adjacent roadside parking and near bus stops (routes 92, 93, 94)
  • Mindfulness, health and wellbeing premises in CAERPHILLY town centre

Maps & Directions

Cardiff, CF5 1GZ
Cardiff, CF14 3NB

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I aim to be flexible and so evening and Saturday morning appointments are usually available for clients who cannot attend during office hours.

Types of client

Older adults
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