Vanessa Hedley (PgDip) MBACP Accredited - Embodied Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Vanessa Hedley (PgDip) MBACP Accredited - Embodied Psychotherapeutic Counselling



07545 858289

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07545 858289

About me

Hello and welcome.

I am an experienced practitioner of embodied, integrative counselling and psychotherapy.

The way I work is humanistic and relational and I have a specialist interest in neurobiology and early attachment re-patterning and have been a mindfulness meditation and somatic movement practitioner for over 20 years.

I have been working with clients therapeutically for over a decade and am engaged in ongoing personal development and professional training that deepens my knowledge and embodied understanding of what helps facilitate recovery, healing and growth towards greater freedom and enjoyment of life.

It may be that you are currently at a particularly challenging point in your life. You may have already spent a long time working with old trauma, grief, loss or attachment issues on your own and have found that for some reason they're not getting easier in spite of your efforts.

It may be the case that it is within a skilful therapeutic relationship where you are heard without judgement in a confidential space that is for you alone, that you will feel safe and supported enough for the shifts you are longing for to be able to happen.

With many years of experience, I am trained to work in a creative, individual-focussed way to support you in shedding light on what is happening in your life, connecting more deeply with who you truly are; what you need and want, finding new perspectives and developing effective strategies for coping with and transforming difficult experiences in order to free yourself up to be able to enjoy life more fully.

Respect for all that has brought you to this point is core to my work, as are a strong grounding in early attachment theory and re-patterning, mindfulness and meditation, somatic movement practice and bodywork.

No matter what has happened to us and where our lives have led, we all deserve to have a kind and confidential space where we feel genuinely free to explore our thoughts, emotions and choices honestly and openly without fear of being judged. With this and the support of a skilled therapist, there is, I believe, always great hope of finding ways of moving forward that bring us relief from suffering and greater confidence and happiness.

You are very welcome to call for a free phone consultation to find out more about me.

My Background

I was originally a midwife and also have experience of working in the charity sector supporting people with life-threatening / terminal illness. I spent several years working with refugees and asylum seekers.

I work with clients suffering the effects of early attachment disorder, trauma, isolation, loneliness, addiction (I've worked as a counsellor in two drug and alcohol rehabs) fear, depression, anxiety and other mental health diagnoses, eating disorders, physical health problems and those who have spent much of their lives feeling generally overwhelmed, frightened or stressed without ever really understanding why.

I also work as a bodywork therapist, and as a specialist mentor for university students with a wide variety of needs and challenges.

How I Work

My way of working is tailored very specifically to each client's individual needs and is underpinned and inspired by:

  • traditional person-centred and existential applied theory
  • in-depth knowledge of attachment theory
  • mindfulness
  • up to date neurobiology
  • somatic awareness and movement
  • other forms of creative self-expression
  • eco-therapy - one to one therapeutic work in nature

Training, qualifications & experience

  • SATe/DARe (Somatic Attachment Training / Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience) Cologne, 2016 (ongoing training)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma Counselling - Masters Level (L7) (Distinction) (BACP Accredited Course) (UWL) 2010
  • Certificate (Masters Level) in Somatic Dance/Movement Education (Distinction) (UCLAN) 2009
  • Kahuna Bodywork Diploma - Hawaii 1996
  • Mindfulness Training - Ongoing training since 2000 - MBSR, Plum Village

    As an accredited member of the BACP, I work in accordance with the ethical framework of the BACP and am committed to ongoing personal and professional development and attending regular supervision.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • insecure attachment
  • childhood abuse
  • addiction/substance misuse
  • eating disorders and body-image
  • relationship issues
  • change and transition
  • depression and/or anxiety
  • birth-related trauma (relating to pre- peri- or post-natal period)
  • parenting issues
  • crisis of all kinds
  • low self-worth
  • health concerns
  • suicidal feelings
  • spiritual matters
  • bereavement
  • work- or study-stress
  • loss of meaning
  • trauma and many others.

Photos & videos

  • Autumn Leaves
  • Embodied Psychotherapy in Nature
  • Lake
  • Leaf


£45 per session (Concessions available)

Maps & Directions

Cheltenham, GL50
Stroud, GL5

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I offer daytime and evening, face-to-face, Skype and phone sessions.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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