Patricia Wood MBACP (Accredited)
126 London Road
I am a qualified MBACP Accredited and UKRCP Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist with twenty one years' counselling experience. I am also a qualified Supervisor, Hypnotherapist and CBT Practictioner.
Successful therapy is a joint venture between client and counsellor. I believe it is important that you find a therapist you feel you can work comfortably with. I offer warm, compassionate, non-judgemental individual, couple or group counselling within a safe, confidential and peaceful environment with a safe parking space.
Your first session is to explore the possibility of working together. It is sometimes referred to as an assessment session. It is an opportunity for me to listen carefully to your presenting problems, to focus on any hopes and expectations that you may have, and to discuss the service I can offer. It is a good time to check out whether or not you feel comfortable with me, and for you to ask any questions or consider any concerns you may have. We will discuss issues such as confidentiality as well as other practical issues.
I offer short or long-term therapy in accordance with individual needs.
Despite dealing with difficult issues, I would hope that the counselling would bring about a lightness of spirit and hope, as this can be an important part of the healing and self-development process.
Training, qualifications & experience
I began counselling in 1994 with my training body, The Cambridgeshire Consultancy in Counselling, with whom I also worked as part of a team who organised Workshops and Training for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
From 1994 to 1995 I counselled individuals and couples with the Cogwheel Trust in Cambridge who deal with relationship issues.
I worked for five years, from 1994 to 1999 with the Fenland Alcohol Service, offering short and long-term counselling to clients with alcohol related problems. I also offered counselling to relatives and friends of people affected by alcohol misuse.
In 1999 I co-founded The Vineyard Counselling Consultancy which provided the Counselling Service for eight GP Practices in the Fenland area in Cambridgeshire. I was the principle counsellor in four of these surgeries as well as providing counselling experience to students and counselling work to qualified counsellors. I also mentored and guided the students.
Within the surgery setting, I worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team that included doctors, midwives and health visitors as well as other health professionals.
The Vineyard Counselling Consultancy dovetailed and liaised with the local Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) to ensure clients and patients received the care and service they deserved.
For ten years I co-facilitated group work within the Primary Care setting that offered long-term, weekly counselling to adults, both male and female, suffering from sexual abuse and long-term, pernicious depression.
I offer Clinical Hypnosis and Mindfulness which can bring relaxation and calm to people suffering from anxiety disorders, phobias, sleep problems, addictions or repetitive behaviour patterns such as OCD. These therapies are also beneficial and effective in dealing with low-self esteem, body image issues or cognitive distortions.
I am also a trained Eating Disorders Practitioner.
I continue to work within Primary Care but I have also developed a successful private practice. I have worked for several Employee Counselling Schemes (EAPs) including BUPA Wellness Psychological Services, First Assist Employee Care, IPRS (Prison Service) and Cambridgeshire County Council Staff Counselling Scheme, from whom I continue to take referrals.
I am grateful for the wealth of knowledge and experience I have gained from working with a diverse range of people, and the issues and concerns they have brought to me. I have tailored my ongoing professional development according to the needs of clients as they arose. I will continue to further my personal and professional development in this field.
Relevant Qualifications & Training
Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling 1992-4
Peterborough Regional College
Diploma in Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders 2000
The National Centre for Eating Disorders
Psychoanalytic Infant Observational Studies 2000-2
The Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust
Trauma & Critical Incident Training 2006-7
Sheehan Brooke Trauma Centre
Diploma in Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy 2008-12
The UK College of Hypnosis & Hypnotherapy
Certificate in Supervision 2014-15
Cambridge Supervision Training
The Adlerian Society of the UK & Institute for
Individual Psychology (ASIIP)
Additional workshops and training include Obesity, Body Psychotherapy, Art Therapy, Bereavement, Attachment & Loss, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Self-Injury & Suicide, Sexual Abuse & Ritualistic Abuse, Anger Management, Group Work, Dream & Sleep Work, Transgender and Gender Confusion, Transactional Analysis and Myers Briggs Personality Types.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
- Existential therapy
£48 for a 50 minute session
Payment by cash or cheque please
My counselling room is up one flight of stairs.
I have a conservatory for clients who need a ground level room.
I was drawn to counselling in my late 20's as I became aware of how deeply I cared about the emotional and psychological suffering of others. I studied the Humanities for three years with the Open University, then successfully completed a three year course in Psychodynamic Counselling with the Cambridgeshire Consultancy in Counselling. I chose to study the Psychodynamic model because of it's depth and insights into unconscious processes. It considers how a person's past may be influencing or negatively affecting the present, for example, repeated destructive patterns of relating to others and/or derogatory sense of self. These may be unconscious, automatic processes which, if brought to consciousness, can lead to greater self-awareness and empowerment, opening up better choices for the future.
Although the Psychodynamic model is my core model, I integrate other counselling models to meet the needs of individual clients. For example, I have had training in Solution Focused Therapy and CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) which tend to be speedy yet effective, especially when dealing with generalised anxiety or phobias or when working with time-limited therapy.
I may introduce creative therapy such as meditation, guided imagery or visual tools if useful and appropriate.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer daytime sessions from Monday to Thursday. I also offer evening sessions from Monday to Friday. These sessions are at 6.30 pm or 8 pm. Any telephone message will be confidential.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am a qualified supervisor offering warm, supportive, motivational, collaborative and creative supervision to trainees or qualified counsellors.View supervision profile