Una Cavanagh MBACP (Accred)
Many years ago, I experienced incredibly helpful support through counselling during a challenging and difficult time in my life. The memory of being really listened to without being judged and with compassion and understanding has never left me so, after several years working in the travel industry, I decided to hang up my wings and retrain as a therapeutic counsellor myself to help support others who may be experiencing difficulties in their lives.
After qualifying, I went on to work in bereavement support with Dorothy House Hospice Care and also, worked in supporting victims of rape/sexual violence as well as domestic abuse with Victim Support. I worked for a more general counselling charity too, offering help for people with many different presenting issues, such as depression and anxiety.
I now work in private practice, set in a pretty and tranquil space in Cherhill, offering 1-1 counselling for clients over the age of 16 as well as being an adoption counsellor for Link Support at Barnardos, working with any adults affected by adoption issues.
I am BACP accredited, which means that I have met their "higher standard as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner".
How I can help you
When it comes to counselling, I believe that there is no "one size fits all" and therefore my professional approach is integrative. This recognises that everyone is unique and I able to draw on different elements of theoretical approaches from my training such as psychodynamic, transactional analysis and CBT to suit each different client. I am also pleased to be able to offer any dog loving clients the assistance of my canine co-counsellor, Rusty (see picture below).
There are so many different reasons why people come for counselling and no set of circumstances or problem is too small if it’s having a negative impact on you, how you feel and how it affects your life. Coming to counselling with someone who will not judge you or offer advice about what they would do in certain situations can be incredibly empowering and offers clarity and enlightenment. It can help you to move forward and become “unstuck”.
My aim is to provide you with the time and space to be fully heard, without judgement, helping you to make sense of what’s going on in your life and find a clearer path forward.
What you can expect from counselling with me
I believe that at the heart of good therapy is the relationship you build with your counsellor so it's important for me that you feel comfortable with your counsellor. With that in mind, I invite you to get in touch with me to see how working with me might feel for you. If that sounds OK, then please contact me either via email or by phone and I'll get back to you (usually within 24 hours Mon-Fri)
After a brief phone call (lasting 10-15 mins), we can then arrange a mutually convenient time to have an introductory session if we both feel that would be right for you. This takes place in my peacefully located therapy room in Cherhill (see photo below) with free parking provided.
This gives us a chance to explore further what it is you are looking for help with and then, if you decide to continue, we can decide how many future sessions might be helpful for you.
Further sessions are arranged by mutual agreement at the same time each week and last for one hour.
Please feel free to have a look at my website www.unacavanagh.com for more details and if you do have any questions, I'd be more than happy to answer them.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB).
- Certificate in bereavement support
- Adoption Support Work (Barnardo's)
- Certificate in supporting victims of rape & sexual violence (Victim Support)
- Certifcate in supporting victims of domestic abuse/violence (Victim Support)
- SCAS.org "Introduction to Animal Assisted Interventions"
- Bereavement Counsellor with Dorothy House Hospice Care
- Counsellor with Olive Branch Chippenham
- Counsellor with Hope Counselling Melksham
- Counsellor with Swindon & Wiltshire Alcohol & Drug Service
- Victim Support Volunteer (Crime, Domestic Abuse, Sexual Assault)
Recent Continuing Professional Development
- Trauma & dissociation (PODS)
- Attachment & Broken Bonds (Dr Janina Fisher)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Animal Assisted Therapy
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£40 per one hour session
In addition to 1-1 counselling, I also offer animal assisted therapy as a choice for clients who may prefer this - please see my website www.unacavanagh.com for more information.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexible weekday daytime & evening appointments available - please contact me for details
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|