Stephen Shave - MSc, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (BABCP) accredited

Stephen Shave - MSc, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (BABCP) accredited

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About me

What is my treatment approach?

I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as my primary treatment approach within my private practice. CBT is based on the theory that our thoughts (cognitions), behaviours and physiology interact to influence our emotions; CBT seeks to explore this relationship collaboratively with the client. In my practice, I consider you as the client to be a co-therapist and will aim to help you develop your own skills to feel better so that you may continue to feel able to maintain a sense of wellbeing after our sessions come to an end. CBT is a present focused and relatively short treatment process (between 4-20 sessions) and clients are empowered to produce lasting change through achieving their agreed goals and learning skills that they will be able to use now and in the future.

is now a well-established method of understanding and treating a number of psychological problems. It is recommended by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as being one of the most effective treatments for emotional and psychological problems, where anxiety or depression is the main component.

CBT is considered to be highly effective for treating the following presentations:

  • Depression/Low mood
  • Anxiety and all anxiety related disorders
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Agoraphobia and other specific phobias
  • Panic attacks / panic disorder
  • Obsessions & compulsions (OCD)
  • Trauma (including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Low Self-esteem and low confidence
  • Addictions (gambling, sex, alcohol and drugs)
  • Obesity

I am able to treat all of the above mentioned presenting difficulties within my private practice in the town of Dorchester, Dorset. However, I specialize in treating recurrent episodic and enduring depression and I have a particular interest in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).

Alongside a CBT approach to my work, I incorporate a person centred approach and aspects of Mindfulness, Schema Focused Therapy (SFT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). At all times I seek to offer a professional, confidential and friendly service to my patients.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with a Masters Level degree in CBT (MSc CBT), an Honours Degree in Social Work (BA Hons) and a post-graduate certificate in Assessing Risk in Mental Health. I am currently also working towards accreditation in Schema Focused Therapy. I am an accredited member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP).

I have been working with people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties in a variety of settings over the past 7 years, I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I have previously worked in a secure forensic environment and also in the community working systemically with young offenders and their families. Last year I was working as a Psychological Therapist in a complex cases team in East Anglia before recently moving to Dorchester with my wife and family. Currently I am employed part-time as a Psychological Therapist in a primary care NHS setting in Somerset where I provide treatment for patients suffering from depression and anxiety. I am currently available to work privately 2 days a week and some evenings, on occassion I can offer weekend sessions.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am a co-director of Doorway Psychological Services alongside my wife, Dr Clare Young. Clare is a Senior Clinical Psychologist and she specialises in working with children and adolescents. Clare is able to offer CBT, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), play based interventions and trauma focussed treatment approaches to children and young people who are experiencing emerging mental health difficulties (particularly depression and anxiety related disorders). Although Clare has limited treatment slots available she does have capacity to offer some evening slots during the week. Clare is also able to undertake complex child and adolescent mental health assessments and can provide an independant court report service, fees vary depending on need. We operate Doorway Psychological Services from our office which is situated in the garden of our home in Dorchester, we find it to be a quiet, confidential and cosy space to conduct therapy sessions.

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I offer a free 30 minute initial consultation session to anyone interested in beginning therapy, this is to enable us to discuss some of the difficulties you might be experiencing and to ascertain if all parties feel comfortable about working together. It may be that from this discussion it becomes apparent that a different treatment option would be more beneficial to you, I will be able to provide advice to help and support you to access the appropriate treatment. Following the first consultation appointment there is no obligation to book any further appointments.

I charge £55 per hour which includes all administration charges. Fees are payable by either cash, cheque or bank transfer. Sessions can be cancelled without charge up to 24 hours before, otherwise the full session fee could be charged.

Home treatment

It is my view that there are not many therapeutic services available in the area for people suffering with mental health difficulties to such a degree that they currently don’t feel able to leave the house (particularly those presenting with severe OCD, PTSD or depression). Therefore I feel it is really important to be able to offer a home treatment service. Providing that you live in a safe and accessible environment where we can talk undisturbed, I am happy to conduct sessions in your home. I am prepared to travel in and around Dorset in order to offer this service but proximity to Dorchester will always have to be taken into consideration, this is likely to vary depending on how busy I am at the time of enquiry. Fees for a home treatment service vary depending on location but usually I only charge costs on top of my usual fee.

Further information


I have a particular interest in treating OCD. This condition is typically characterised by the experience of obsessions (repetitive, intrusive, unwanted thoughts that cause you to feel anxious or experience emotional discomfort) and compulsions or rituals (mental or behavioural acts that one might engage in primarily with a view to reducing the experienced anxiety). Examples of typical obsessions and compulsions can be found on the OCD-UK website.

Having spent a number of years working clinically in both NHS and local council settings it became apparent to me that there is a gap in services currently being offered to people suffering from severe OCD and other anxiety related disorders. It was important to me to create a service which would meet the needs of a clinical population who may be too restricted by their disorder or difficulties to feel able to attend CBT sessions in the NHS. I wanted Doorway Psychological Services to be able to offer something different, a service that not only could meet the needs of the client but one that would enable those who might fall between services an opportunity to access CBT in an environment comfortable to them.

Maps & Directions

Dorchester, DT1 2SW

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I am currently available all day on Tuesdays and Fridays, I also offer some evening sessions and very occassionally I may be able to offer weekend sessions.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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