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I am registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC- PY22828) as a Counselling Psychologist and a  chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). In my practice I apply mainly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches (CBT) and Mindfulness. However, my doctoral training and experience as a Psychologist enables me to integrate a range of evidence-based approaches according to individual needs and research evidence.

SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU? This means that I focus on gaining a full understanding of your concerns and then we collaboratively explore and practice strategies that work to help you create/ re-establish the life you want.

I am fully trained as an EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) practitioner. This enables me to effectively help people reduce trauma-related difficulties such as Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD).

I have specialist knowledge, training and experience in a range of life issues and mental health difficulties. These include relationship difficulties, trauma, burnout due to work stress, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, addictions (substance misuse, alcoholism, gambling), obsessive compulsive behaviours, food issues, personality difficulties and bipolar disorder.

I offer consultations for couples and families who want to improve their relationships and learn to cope in healthy ways with difficulties they may be experiencing e.g. coping with the substance misuse/alcoholism of a family member or partner.

I offer individual Mindfulness-based therapy for depression and Mindfulness based-stress reduction courses for people who are unable due to a variety of factors attend a set group course.

For companies I regularly deliver training workshops on Resilience, Stress Management, Mindful Leadership and Change Management.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Practitioner Doctorate (PsychD.) in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology from the University of Surrey, a Masters degree (MSc.) in Counselling Psychology from London Metropolitan University and an Honours degree (Bsc. Hons) in Psychology from the University of Kent.

Apart from independent practice I currently work as a Senior Counselling Psychologist for Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust where I provide psychological assessments and interventions for clients with severe and enduring mental health difficulties such as complex trauma, clinical depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, bipolar affective disorder.

Over the past 15 years I have worked in community counselling services, drug and alcohol services,  NHS primary care, NHS community mental health teams, NHS inpatient care and for The Priory group mental health and secure services. My role was to provide psychologicial assessments and individual and group therapy to clients with a range of personal, psychological and behavioural difficulties as well as provide consultations and supervision to nursing staff.

From 2007 till early 2012 I designed and implemented a treatment programme for a residential clinic, Bayberry, (www.bayberry.org.uk) for people struggling with addictions and mental health difficulties. My role as full-time clinical director involved staff supervision and training, clinical management and clinical governance. In addition I provided in-depth psychological assessments, individual, group and family therapy and facilitated family workshops.

From 2013 till 2014 I designed and implemented a Dual Diagnosis treatment programme for The Priory Secure Services and designed their Dual Diagnosis Strategy. I delivered staff training on substance misuse awareness and motivational interviewing.

In my independent practice I mainly see self-referred clients as well as clients referred by independent psychiatrists and insurance companies such as BUPA.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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Health and Care Professions Council

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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Phobias, adjustment to adverse life events


Additional information

I provide both short-term (6-12 sessions) and longer term therapy as well as work-related coaching. The average for CBT is 12 sessions but this varies according to clients' needs.

Psychological Therapy and Supervision

Self-referred individual and couple sessions: 50 minutes and my fee is £90

Different fees apply to insurance companies due to additional time demands involved.

Supervision for individual psychologists/ counsellors/psychotherapists and trainees: Fee is £80

In-house Group/individual supervision for clinical staff: £95 per hour session.

Coaching, consultations and workshops

Work-related coaching can be conducted at place of work. Fee depends on requirements.

In-house Mindfulness, Resilience, Stress and Change Management workshops/course can be tailored to needs of the team.

Psychological and Psychometric Assessments with reports

Fees depend on requirements.


Tuesdays: 9-5 Thursdays 9-5

Thatcham House (room 18b)
Turners Drive
West Berkshire
RG19 4QD

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

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In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I have completed BPS accredited supervision training and am able to provide supervision to Counselling and Clinical Psychologists and trainees as well as BACP registered Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

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Dr Michelle Zandvoort

Dr Michelle Zandvoort