Cassandra Manning MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapist & EMDR UKCP & HCPC Accred.
01223 505115 / 07833 795034
I'm a UKCP and HCPC accredited psychotherapist who is trained in talking and creative therapies, EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) and CATT (an accelerated treatment for trauma which uses the arts).
I'm known to be an open, down-to-earth person who builds strong and supportive relationships with my clients. My approach is collaborative, working alongside each individual, and I enjoy working with young people and adults of all ages.
I have many years of varied experience in both private practice and the NHS, working with teenagers, young adults, adults and older people. I currently work in the Adolescent Intensive Support Team, a community arm of CAMHS.
I offer mid to long term therapy of 16-20 sessions or more, with the exception of EMDR and CATT which are are discrete trauma focused treatments that can be delivered in 6-8 sessions (in the case of single event trauma or anxiety/phobia).
My training is Integrative, meaning I use a range of differing but complementary theoretical viewpoints in my practice (object relations, attachment theory, person-centred counselling, transactional analysis, etc.), including creative exploration and use of the arts. This flexible approach allows me to tailor individual therapy according to the need of the client.
Please note that although I may use cognitive elements as part of my practice, I am not a CBT therapist. There are many practitioners on the Counselling Directory who are trained in this modality.
Please ask if you wish to know more about EMDR, a NICE and WHO approved trauma treatment.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (London Metropolitan University)
- Dip. Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education)
- Advanced Dip. Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts (London Met. University)
- Cert. Therapeutic Counselling with Adolescents (IATE)
- Cert. Counselling and Psychotherapy (Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy in Education)
- Part 2 EMDR (EMDR Academy) EMDR Europe Training (NICE & WHO recommended)
- Level 2 CATT (Child) Accelerated Trauma Training (Luna)
- UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Accred. No. 2011165162
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Accred. No. AS 15116
- British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) Full Member No. 40250
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have worked with clients experiencing difficulty with anger; self-criticism; low self-esteem and confidence issues; depression and anxiety; self-harm; bereavement, grief and loss; loss of emotion and overwhelming emotion; separation and divorce; relationship issues; sexual and emotional abuse and rape; trauma; dissociation, hyper-vigilance and PTSD; the effects of bullying; difficulties with identity; gender dysphoria and transgender identity; experiences of guilt and shame; suicidal thoughts and fantasies of death; existential issues and major life changes.
I have a special interest in working with people moving through transition, including adolescents and young adults (16-25) and older people, and have experience of both group and individual work.
London: £65 per 50 min session
Cambridge: £60 per 50 min session
(a small concession may be available according to circumstances)
Please note that EMDR processing sessions are typically 75-90 minutes long and are charged at 1.5 sessions: £90 (Cambridge) and £97.50 (London).
Creativity and Therapy
Using the arts as part of therapy isn't to do with being an artist; the majority of my work is with people who have little or no experience of using the arts in their adult life.
The arts work with a part of us which can be under-used or forgotten as we grow into adulthood, but can be of great value when words don't seem enough to convey the depth of our experiences. They can be used to express and contain emotions safely, create distance and objectivity, and provide a bridge between feeling and thought. In this way, the use of the arts can help us to move beyond our difficulties.
The arts can be used at any time of life and in my practice I have used the arts with adults of all ages. In session the integration of arts with talking therapy is very important; the ratio will be something like 60/70% talking to 30/40% arts (this varies of course, according to each individual and from session to session).
I use a wide range of materials in my practice, including postcards, paper, pencils, clay, charcoals, pastels, paint, natural and man made objects and sand tray.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
If you call and I don't pick up I could be seeing a client. Please leave a voicemail and I'll respond as soon as I can (usually within, or just outside of, working hours).
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|