Cassandra Manning Integrative Arts Psychotherapist MA Dip. UKCP & HCPC Accred.
01223 505115 / 07833 795034
I'm a fully qualified UKCP and HCPC registered psychotherapist who is trained in talking and creative therapies, and EMDR trauma treatment (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing). I'm known to be an open, down-to-earth person who builds strong and supportive relationships with my clients. My approach is collaborative and person-centred, working alongside each individual.
I have many years of varied experience within private practice and NHS services, working with older teenagers, young adults, adults and older people, and enjoy working with young people (16yrs +) and adults of all ages. I usually offer mid-term to long-term therapy of 20 sessions or more (in the case of EMDR 8+ sessions depending on assessment).
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, EMDR etc.), including exploration through the use of creativity and the arts. This flexible approach allows me to tailor individual therapy according to the need of the client.
I also offer EMDR for PTSD and the processing of traumatic events; please ask if you wish to know more about this breakthrough treatment.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (London Met. 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)
- UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Reg. No. 2011165162
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Reg. 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
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have worked with clients experiencing difficulty with 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 and sexual issues; sexual and emotional abuse; trauma and dissociation; 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
(some concessions available)
N.B. EMDR processing sessions are typically 90 minutes long. Please call to learn more and ask about EMDR fees.
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|