Karen Hodgson UKCP Psychotherapist EMDR Consultant

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About me

A very warm welcome to my profile!

Whether you have attended therapy before and are wanting to address a new issue or an ongoing concern that is unresolved, or if this is the first time you have considered therapy and are apprehensive about taking that next step, rest assured, I am very easy to talk with, will endeavour to attune to your needs and work at your pace.

I offer an environment that allows you to express yourself freely.

I aim to help you to find improved insight and clarity into your presenting issues, process unresolved issues and facilitate a process that helps you to move forward with your life.

Background and specialism

I am a well qualified and experienced Integrative Counselling Psychotherapist working with both individuals and couples.

I have worked in private practice for the past 20 years.

Having worked with a diverse spectrum of presenting issues, over time I have developed specialisms working with trauma and PTSD and relationship and couple therapy; included in that, is helping you to deal with the most important relationship, that is the relationship with yourself.

Do you feel that your life lacks pleasure, joy, happiness, connection, sensuality and positivity?

A series of negative events over time, or a big trauma event can overwhelm our nervous system, creating maladjustments in the way the brain processes information and potentially can lead to ailments in the body.

Our brain’s filtering system which normally helps us to distinguish what is relevant right now and what is not gets messed up. So those things that other people around us may ignore or not pay attention to, we pay close attention to. We start to see danger rather than manageable stuff. This makes it difficult to focus on what is actually going on right now as our perceptions become distorted.

In addition, the self sensing system that runs through the mid line of the brain that is devoted to our experiences of ourselves become blunt. This is probably a defensive response because when we are in a state of fear or terror, we feel it in our body. We may feel sick or anxious or have gut wrenching feelings and so our body feels bad.

As a way of coping we may take drugs or become alcohol dependant to dampen that system. Others might find their own internal way of dampening their system.

The main consequence of dampening our system is that we also dampen pleasure, joy, positivity, sensuality, happiness and connection.

When we understand what is happening to the brain, we can start to use more targeted interventions to specifically help these maladaptions in the brain to aid the healing process.

Traumas not only include devastating physical and life threatening events known as big ‘T’ trauma, they can be small ‘t’ traumas too which cause distress and negatively impact on our emotional well-being.

So you may experience anxiety, depression, irritability, poor concentration, nightmares, mood swings, social withdrawal, strained relationships, addictions and eating disorders.

What are Small ‘t’ Traumas?

Small ‘t’ traumas occur when life events exceed our capacity to cope. They are an accumulation of everyday life events that overtime overwhelm us and cause disruption in emotional functioning. Some of these events might include:-

  • getting married/planning a wedding
  • a death
  • moving house
  • starting a new job

Symptoms might include:-

  • sleeplessness
  • depression/anxiety
  • angry outbursts
  • conflict with others such as your children, your boss, your partner
  • acting out of character, e.g. infidelities
  • increase in alcohol consumption or other addictive behaviours.

Big ‘T’ trauma

Big ‘T’ traumas are significant events that leave a person feeling powerless, helpless with a loss of control. Some big ‘T’ traumas might include:-

  • sexual assaults
  • road traffic accidents
  • terrorist attacks
  • natural disasters
  • cancer diagnosis or terminal illness

Some of the symptoms of big ‘ T’ trauma might include:-

  • panic attacks
  • emotional outbursts
  • nightmares
  • flashbacks
  • avoidant behaviour
  • fear/shame
  • difficulties with relationships
  • insomnia

Main Treatment Modalities

I am an integrative therapist using a range of different modalities.

I was originally trained in Person Centred Therapy, yet over time have extended my training to integrate a number of other modalities.

My main treatment approaches are Eye Movement Desentisisation and Reprocessing, (EMDR) and Brainspotting.

I am accredited with the EMDR UK & Ireland Association as an EMDR therapist and an EMDR Europe Consultant, providing clinical therapy to clients and clinical supervision to practising EMDR therapists.

I am fully trained in Brainspotting, a new psychotheraputic technique that uses our field of vision to access and process traumatic memories.

I am also a Relate Certified Relationship and Couple’s Therapist.

Clinical skills and experience

I have experienced working in a number of clinical psychotherapeutic settings including Relate, the Prison Service, Cruse Beareavement Care, Student Counselling Services and a Well Women's Centre.

I enjoy updating my skills to incorporate the latest techniques as part of my Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

As an integrative psychotherapist I integrate a broad range of techniques which best attune to the individual needs of my clients.

My experience to date has encompassed a broad range of presenting issues and my skills and training are diverse.

It might be that you want help with trauma related symptoms.

Or you may need help with your relationships, or or gain indepth understanding into the root cause of a problem.

You may be encountering a psychosexual issue, or difficulties/struggles within your family, e.g parenting issues, a divorce or separation, caring for elderly relatives, or feeling the pinch of the loss of your child who has left for university. You may have lost someone close to you.

Or you may be a young person (over 16) who is struggling right now and in need of some help.

You may have an addiction or phobia on need to resolve a traumatic incident, accident or event.

Or maybe you need to develop self help tools and want to talk with someone about what is stressing you out right now, leaving you feeling anxious and lacking perspec

How many sessions will I need?

The length of the therapy will usually depend upon a number of factors, including the complexity of the presenting issues, the longevity of your ongoing issues, your relationship with yourself, your levels of resilience to engage in therapy and current capacity for positive growth. Based on these and other factors the duration could be short to medium term. More complex presentations usually require longer term therapy.

The initial consultation can ascertain if your therapy is likely to require short to medium term therapy or longer term therapy. This is based on the information you disclose during the firs time session. However as the therapy unfolds and trust further develops, further disclosures may surface lengthening the duration of your therapy.

Which integrative approaches am I able to apply to the therapeutic approach?

Integrative therapy recognises there are a number of ways in which Human functioning and behaviour can be explored and understood. The specific modality utilised will depend upon a you unique needs. Although my main specialisms are EMDR and Brainspotting, I have experience in:-

  • Brainspotting
  • Person Centred Therapy/Humanistic therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Psychosexual Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Marital/Relational Therapy
  • Hypnosis & Psychotherapy
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Mindfulness/Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

What happens in a first session?

All sessions start with an initial consultation. This serves to identify the history behind your presenting issue, to formulate a treatment plan, goals for the therapy and to identify the necessary changes you need to make for a successful therapeutic outcome.

The formulation of a treatment plan/case consultation are important steps in the initial stages of the therapy and this serves to create a mental picture and sound theoretical understanding of what is happening to the client. This also gives the therapy focus and direction.

What is the best way to book a session?

The best way to book a session is to request an email response and provide me with some dates and times when you are available and I will try to accommodate one of those dates/times the best I can.

Who am I trained to work with?

I have undertaken specialised training to work face to face with adult individuals and couples aged 16 and over.

Do I work online?

I have trained to work online using video and SMS chat.

What issues do I regularly deal with?

Although not exhaustive, the issues I generally work with include:-

  • Self defective beliefs and low confidence:- poor self image/self esteem. Negative self beliefs such as "I am not good enough", " I am worthless" " I am useless" "I am not acceptable/likeable", "I am a failure/disappointment", "I am shameful". Difficulties with self confidence. Social anxieties. Difficulties in forming or sustaining relationships, including friendships and intimate relationships.
  • Relationship issues:- including affairs and betrayals of trust, communication difficulties, struggles in coming to terms with the ending of a relation, a general feeling of dissatisfaction or a lack of safety within the relationship, loss of spark/libido or other difficulties within the sexual/intimate part of your relationship.
  • Grief and Loss/Feeling sad:- Death of a spouse/partner, parent, child, or a person closely connected to you. Miscarriage, infertility. Multiple losses. Delayed and complicated grieving. Loss of identity. Mid life crisis, phase of life and ageing. Going throughout the menopause. Empty Nest Syndrome/ children leaving home or going to University. Difficulties in letting go and moving forwards/feeling stuck, unable to move on in your life.
  • Trauma/Post Traumatic Stress symptoms and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):- e.g avoidance of thinking about or going to the place that reminds you of the traumatic event, panic attacks, feeling sick, phobic reactions, social withdrawal, hyper-vigilance, significant disturbed sleep or disturbing dreams, self medicating to alleviate emotional pain or other disturbances. These symptoms may prolong for some time after the traumatic event occurred. You may have witnessed or been involved in a violent assault, a robbery, a terrorist attack/serious incident, a road traffic collusion, surgical trauma, rape, prolonged sexual or physical abuse including childhood abuse, neglect or cruelty. You may experience symptoms of trauma with or without a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Disorder (PTSD), including hyper or hypo arousal symptoms such as distress, irritabability, fear, anger, sadness, isolation, loss of concentration and detachment.
  • Low mood/Depression, panic disorders and generalised anxiety disorder (GAD): anxiety with no physical cause, panic attacks, worrying about a specific thing or different things, feeling nervous or on edge, feeling stressed or sad and unhappy, hiding from the world. Feeling empty inside, distressed alone/lonely isolated. Loss of routine, direction and meaning to life. Angry outbursts. Unable to stop crying. Difficulty in finding spiritual enlightenment. Struggles in trusting others, or trusting in your own judgement. Performance anxiety including presentations. Phobias such as going to the dentist or flying.
  • Psycho-Sexual issues:- having ruled out any potential physiological causes with your GP, psycho-sexual issues are rooted in psychological symptoms rather than physiological and may include anxiety around your sexual performance. You nay have difficulties in gaining or sustaining an erection, or may involve premature or delayed ejaculation. You may be menoupausal You may be avoiding sex with your partner which is causing problems in your relationship, or feeling sexually inhibited perceiving sex as dirty or shameful. Or you may be experiencing a loss of arousal, desire or interest in sex.
  • Sports injuries/sports performance:- to enhance your sporting performance, working with sporting professionals and those who want to improve their confidence in sporting events or overcome the trauma of past injuries.

Who am I accredited with and whose code of ethics do I follow

  • EMDR UK & Ireland as an Eye Movement Densentisisation & Reprocessing Europe Consultant and Supervisor.

This means that besides being an Accredited EMDR practitioner, I have additional training and experience to undertake the tasks of consultation or supervision of other EMDR practitioners, with a key responsibility of maintaining quality assurance and high standards of practice in EMDR therapy.

  • Registrant of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP)

This means I have been trained to a UKCP recognised standard and competence to practice to the standards of counselling Psychotherapy.

  • Registrant of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

This means that I meet the high standards of proficiency, professionalism and ethical standards.

Further information on the psychotherapeutic techniques I use

EMDR Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment designed to alleviate distress associated with traumatic memories. For example if you have experienced something frightening or traumatic, have been exposed to an accident or a form of abuse, generally the brain has the innate power to heal itself after a psychological trauma.

However sometimes the brain's ability to reprocess emotional trauma can get stuck, especially if you felt overwhelmed at the time the event occurred. You might find that the memory of that event just pops into your mind and catches you by surprise. Or the memory is triggered by something that reminds you of the event.

In such situations the brain is unable to process information like 'normal memory'. This is when EMDR can help to remove this block, enabling the brain to heal from the trauma symptoms and emotional distress that arises as the result of disturbing life experience.

If you imagine your emotional wound as being similar to a physical wound, such as when you cut your knee, it usually heals quickly. Yet if there is some dirt or foreign body that remains and festers in the wound, it gets infected and healing cannot occur unless the wound is fully cleansed. Similarly emotional wounds cause psychological pain and intense suffering and often results in poor mental health. Once the block is removed, psychological healing can resume.

EMDR psychotherapy is based on an Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model which suggests that much of our psychopathology (mental health) is due to the incomplete processing of traumatic or disturbing adverse life events and experiences.

Using an 8 stage protocol applied during the course of EMDR therapy, as your EMDR clinician I endeavour to help you to activate your natural capacity towards healing, working to integrate negative experiences into the rational thinking part of your brain.

The theory behind EMDR therapy is that it appears to directly affect the brain where memory and emotions are stored, unfreezing the traumatic memories, allowing you to resolve them. The memory is still there, but it is less upsetting or disturbing.

Over time, this psychotherapeutic technique has become a very significant part of my work, yet is blended with other psychotherapeutic techniques to gain the best results for the client.

EMDR is increasingly being used to alleviate distress for many types of disturbing memories including, depression, anger, performance anxiety and bullying.
Here is a link from the EMDR UK & Ireland website (http://emdrassociation.org.uk/research/) regarding a woman engaged in EMDR therapy revisiting her intense experience of being bullied. It is featured on Radio Four.


Brainspotting a brain based form of psychotherapy approach that is considered to access parts of our brain that is hidden from awareness. During the course of our lives we can experience events that can cause emotional pain or physical injury and distress. It can be an isolated event or a series of small event that accumulate in our body over time. These events can lead us to feel anxious, angry, lonely, isolated or sad for example. Usually we are not aware that these past events are affecting us on a daily basis. We can spend years trying to figure things out logically and may even develop ways to cope without realising that these feelings trace back to core events in our lives that are deeply embedded in our neurophysiology. In getting to the roots of these problems we can allow our brains to process these events and to heal.

In Brainspotting posits that where you look affects the way you feel. It uses our field of vision to find not only where in our brain we are holding trauma, but also the locaion of negative experiences in our brain

When we look in different places we feel differently. If a person is thinking about a problem and is looking to the left, or looking to the right, or up or down, in one spot they will feel more activation and in another spot they will feel less. A brain spot is the location where we feel the most activation. When focusing at this exact pinpoint area whilst mindfully observing what goes on inside, processing then takes place. The brain will find where the activation or disturbance is held in the nervous system and will start to unwind it until it really gets to a point of resolution over time.

By holding your attention on a brainspot, processing of that traumatic event is thought to flow through the nervous system naturally locating whatever is unhealed and resolving it internally.

A brainspot is a point in your field of vision that correlates with whatever problem has brought you into therapy. It correlates with whatever you are holding in your brain. When you are looking out of that spot in your field of vision, you are also looking in at that spot in your brain.

Like EMDR, Brainspotting consciously allows us to access the deeper layers of the brain where implicit, and often forgotten memories, emotions and sensations reside. Both EMDR and Brainspotting attempt to help reprocess negative events and retrain emotional reactions. EMDR is the older of the two therapies and been more intensely studied so far.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy grew out of the practices of Sigmund Freud and commonly holds that our childhood history shapes our personality. It is a form of psychoanalysis which attempts to uncover unconscious thoughts or desires that are affecting mood and behaviour as well as explore a whole range of conscious self limiting emotions and beliefs. It is often used to help overcome symptoms of depression or mood disorders. In a report covered in the American Psychologist in 2010 which looked at studies on psycho-dynamic therapy and depression, it showed that not only is this therapy as effective as other evidence based therapies such as CBT, yet had longer lasting benefits.

Psychodynamic therapy can help to understand the root causes of your symptoms and make connections with patterns of behaviour in your life and that of members of your family of origin.

Psychodynamic therapy fits well with my overall approach when working with clients, helping to formulate an effective client treatment plan through a thorough history collection and allowing me to integrate other modalities, such as EMDR to help you reprocess unresolved memories and disturbances.

Person-Centred Counselling

This approach lies at the core of the therapeutic relationship with my clients. It compliments my integrative approach to therapy which promotes healing and facilitates wholeness, moving clients beyond their limitations and disruptive patterns towards greater personal growth. This requires the therapist to provide the right kind of conditions for such growth to take place, such as a safe and non threatening environment that is accepting, empathic, open and honest, yet challenging enough to help you grow. The quality and presence of the client/therapist relationship is I believe an important aspect of successful therapeutic outcome.

Marital/Relationship Therapy

Whether you are married, single, cohabiting, Hetrosexual or LGBT, in a couple relationship or polyamorous, I endeavour to offer a caring and supportive environment to help you work through struggles in communication and facilitate the resolution of a wide range of problems within intimate relationships. Marital therapy is a relatively short term structured approach which involves insight orientated, cognitive behavioural and solution focused approaches.

The dynamics of couple therapy are often more complex than individual therapy. As such, the skills of a trained couple therapist are, imperative to help you better deal with a complex range dynamics which often present themselves during the course of couple therapy.

A range of other modalities can be applied to deal with the dynamics within your relationship, including psychodynamic therapy and family systems therapy to identify shared insecurities and unconscious processes that may be causing difficulties in your relationship

I have undergone specialist couple/relationship therapy training with Relate between 1999-2004 and have a Relate Certificate in Marital and Relationship Therapy. I have significant experience in my practice with couple and relationship therapy.

Solution Focused Therapy

Solution Focused Therapy focuses on solutions rather than problems and is goal orientated. It focuses on what is possible and changeable. This therapy can be useful for clients who are goal oriented and looking to change a particular aspect of their life. It is an approach I often use when contracting to work short term.

Psycho-Sexual Therapy

Usually you will have ruled out with your GP or medical consultant any physiological reason for your current sexual issue

Psycho-sexual symptoms commonly derive from psychological or cultural origins. They may arise due to a guilty conscience, fear, stress, worry, depression, emotional/mental trauma, conflicts between religious or family values expectations or poor early sex education. Many of these things and more can cause confusion and shame, sometimes leaving you feeling as if sex is dirty. Difficulties in your relationships, including power struggles, control issues and unresolved anger can also manifest into sexually related issues.


This is a form of psychotherapy that uses hypnosis. Hypnotherapy can be used alone as a form of relaxation, or it may be integrated with other forms of psychological schools of thought. Hypno-psychotherapists like myself are trained to deal with more complex psychological, emotional or physical conditions, including habit disorders or personal or social inhibitions or conditions that are limiting your quality of life.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Mindfulness

Other techniques such as Emotional Freedom Technique and Mindfulness are blended into my practice as and when needed.

EFT is an intervention that draws on various theories of alternative medicine which involve tapping various meridian points on the body. It is based on the principles of acupuncture and energy medicine.

Mindfulness is a psychological process of bringing your attention to what is happening in the present moment.

It can be easy to lose touch with the way our bodies are feeling and to end up living in our head. We can get caught up in our thoughts without stopping to notice how those thoughts are driving our emotions and behaviour. The theory behind Mindfulness is to reconnect our bodies and sensations they experience. Through the use of attuning to all of our senses in the moment and becoming more awareness of our thoughts and emotions, we can see ourselves more clearly in the present moment.

What is my overall aim when working with you?

My aim is to provide a confidential space for you to explore your presenting issues, offering a therapeutic and attuned relationship which has warmth, depth, safety, compassion, calm, impartiality and fidelity.

I recognise there can be no change without challenge, so at times appropriate challenge is applied where necessary to help you gain greater insight into yourself and move forward towards improved mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. I offer a holistic approach which focuses on the connection of both the mind and body.

Where do I work from?

I primarily work from a dedicated consulting room in my home based in Eccleston, Chorley. The room has a warm ambiance, is airy with lots of natural light. It has easy access upon entry.
I do not offer home visits.

What other psychotherapeutic services do I offer?

I offer general supervision and EMDR supervision to counselling practitioners who are trained or in training.
I offer professional support to facilitators on prisoner rehabilitation programmes within the Prison Service. I work with Employment Assistance Programmes, Insurance Companies, Private Health organisations, Solicitors, HfR and Occupational Health.

How much supervision do I personally engage in?

It is an ethical requirement to engage in regular supervision to ensure that high quality of standards are being maintained. I have monthly supervision with three different supervisors to monitor my work within the different theoretical orientations I offer.

Life before therapy, what else have I done before training as a therapist?

Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked in Education as a Lectuer in both Further & Higher Education within the Departments of Business Studies, and Sport, Leisure & Tourism Management.

What are my interests?

My interests and hobbies include walking/hiking in Scotland and the Lake District, travelling especially around cities. I enjoy different cultures and languages and especially practising my pigeon french, reading non fiction, swimming, skiing, yoga and mindful meditation.

I have walked the three peaks and completed six marathons.

In the past I was into marital arts, Karate and Tae Won Do.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Parts 1-3 Brainspotting (BSPUK, 2017/2018/2019)
  • EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant (2016)
  • Certificate of Proficiency awarded by the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (2013)
  • Accredited member of the EMDR Association, (UK, & Ireland, 2012)
  • Trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, (EMDR Europe/Ireland, 2011)
  • Registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP, 2009) (Hypno/Psychotherapy Section)
  • Audited and audit approved by the UKCP (April 2010)
  • Advanced Diploma in Hypno/Psychotherapy, (ADHP) awarded by the National Council for Hypnosis & Psychotherapy (NCHP, 2009) after completing (with distinction) a Dissertation on Pain Management using Hypnosis, leading to UKCP Registration
  • onlinecounsellors.co.uk (online counselling training), (2006)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Hypno/ Psychotherapy, Centra Training (2004)
  • Certificate in Basic Sexual and Relationship Therapy, UCLAN (2004)
  • Relate Certificate in Marital and Couple Counselling Theory and Practice, RELATE  (2003)
  • Cruse Bereavement Care Accredited Counsellor (Chorley & S. Ribble) (2003)
  • Cruse Bereavement Care Supervisor (Chorley & S. Ribble) (2002)
  • Diploma in Casework Supervision, PCCS awarded by ABC (2002)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychological Studies, UCLAN (2001)
  • Advanced Diploma in Person Centred Counselling, Wigan & Leigh College, Centra (1999)

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education, Open University, (2004)
  • Masters Degree in Education, Open University, (1996)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies, UCLAN (1990)
  • Certificate in Education (FE, Business Studies) Bolton University (1988)
  • HNC Business Studies Bolton University, (1986)
  • BTEC National Diploma in Business Studies Bolton College (1984)

  • Effective Anger Management, (Harrogate, 2009)
  • Understanding Identity, Exploring Differences and Challenging
    Prejudice, (Harrogate, 2009)
  • Nurturing Young People's Mental Health through the Counselling
    Relationship, (Oldham, 2009)
  • Exploring Creative Ways of Building on Young People's Resillience, (Oldham, 2009)
  • Exploring Trauma Faced by Young People, (Oldham, 2009)
  • Good Practice in Counselling Assessment, (Oldham, 2009)
  • EMDR Accredited Practitioner, EMDR extra 18 hours (York, 2010, 2011)
  • Living with Dissociation. PODS workshop. 6 hours (Leeds, 2011)
  • Understanding and Working with Self-Harm. A psychotherapeutic Approach. 6 hours  (York, 2011)
  • 3rd EMDR Autumn Workshops & Conference. 6 hours (Durham, 2011)
  • Emotional Freedom Techniques Tania A Prince Associates (EFT) 12 hours Levels I & II (Manchester, 2011)
  • Body Image Disturbance in Eating Disorders & the Application of EMDR in Treatment. Pam Virdi. 6 hours.  (Birmingham, 2011)
  • Dissociation, Trauma and Time-Travelling or Living and Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder 6 hours (Preston 2011)
  • EMDR Accreditation Group 24 hours (Chorley, 2010)
  • Hypnosis for Easybirthing (Manchester, 2012)
  • Mindfulness 6 hours (2012)
  • Person Centred Encounter Weekend. 20 hours. (Kendal, 2012)
  • EMDR & Veterans Skills Master Class, The Northern Centre Mindfulness, 6 hours (York, 2013)
  • Person Centred Encounter Weekend. 20 hours (Kendal, 2013)
  • Introductory Mindfulness Practitioner Foundation Course 6 hours (York, 2014)
  • Person Centred Encounter Weekend. 20 hours (Kendal, 2014)
  • Sex Offending - Sex addiction Pips North West 12 hours (Manchester, 2014)
  • Neuroscience and Psychodynamic Theory Webinar nscience 3 hours (2015)
  • Assessment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from an attachment  Perspective. nscience 12 hours. (London, 2015)
  • EMDR & Psychosis Conference. Lancashire Care Foundation Trust. 6 hours (Lancaster, 2015)
  • EMDR for Perinatal Trauma, OCD and Morbid Jealousy Workshop. North West EMDR Regional Group UK. 6 hours (Bristol, 2015)
  • EMDR Conference 6 hours (York, 2015)
  • EMDR Uk & Ireland Consultancy Training 27 hours (London 2016)
  • EMDR Conference 6 hours (Newcastle, 2016)
  • nScience PTSD Therapeutic Options & Considerations 7 hours (London, 2016)
  • Working with perfectionism with Windy Dryden 2 hours (2016)
  • EMDR and Depression 3 hours (Birmingham, 2016)
  • EMDR for people with Aspergers 3 hours (Birmingham, 2016)
  • EMDR Workshop Blind to Therapist Protocol 6 hours (Birmingham, 2017)
  • LCCH Weight Control for the 21st Century, 5.5 hours (Bristol, 2017)
  • EMDR European Conference, "The Psychotherapy of the 21st Century 14 hours (Barcelona, Spain 2017). Seminars included: child abuse, brain development and psychotherapy. Treating complex PTSD. Complex trauma, attachment and dissocation using EMDR with children with pervasive emotional dysregulation, healing attachment wounds and the relationship between dissociation and psychosis.
  • Brainspotting Humanitarian Training, Phase one. 3 days, 24 hours (Manchester, 2017).
  • Working with the body in EMDR therapy, 6 hours, (Birmingham, 2017).
  • Brainspotting Phase Two. 2 days, 16 hours, (Manchester, 2018).
  • EMDR European Conference, "a crossroads between Psychotherapy and neuroscience" (Strasbourg, 2018), 16 hours.
  • Flash Technique, (Webinar, 2018), 6 hours
  • EMDR Consultant’s day, (London, 2018), 6 hours
  • Brainspotting Phase 3 with David Grand (founder of Brainspotting), 3 days (London, 2019) 24 hours
  • ‘Resiliance and post traumatic growth : healing from loss and trauma with compassion, clarity and courage’. nscience, (Webinar, 2019) 3 hours

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

EMDR UK & Ireland

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

    Self harm/injury
    Ageing and mid-life crisis and life transitions.
    Separation/Divorce and impact on family system
    Work/Home life balance
    Family conflict
    Self-image/identity issues
    Confusion around sexual orientation
    Raising low mood.
    Domestic Abuse
    Redundancy issues
    Counselling for the elderly.

  • Performance anxiety
  • Presentation anxiety
  • IBS
  • Weight loss
  • Pain management
  • Confidence building
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Fears and phobias


loss of a loved one
injury of a loved one
car accident
work accident
natural disaster
witness to violence
childhood abuse
victims of violent crimes
performance anxiety
stage fright
anxiety or panic
childhood trauma
physical abuse
sexual abuse
post traumatic stress
bad temper
overwhelming fears
panic attacks
low self-esteem
relationship problems
brooding or worrying
trouble sleeping


  • Prior to commencing your therapy sessions you are asked to attend for an initial consultation. For individual psychotherapy/couples therapy face to face sessions, irrespective of the therapeutic approach, the cost is £80.00 per session.
  • The same cost applies if you decide to book further sessions after your initial consultation.
  • For online counselling live Skype/Zoom please email me for terms and conditions and costs for working online.
  • For EMDR Supervision please email for costs and availability details.


    Cancellation policy is an important model that sets clear boindaries that create safety within a therapeutic relationship. Implementing a late cancellation or no show fee is an important point of the broader scope of the therapeutic work. Therapy seems to be most most helpful to those who see their appointments as a valuable and important component of their lives and recognise that the cancellation or non attendance of an allocated session can impact on the therapeutic process. Other than in absolute emergency situations I kindly ask that you respectfully provide up to 48 hours notice if you need to cancel to allow me time to reschedule your allocated time to another client who may be in need of that time. As such, cancellations or non attendance of a booked appointment with less then 48 hours notice, even if rescheduled, will incur the full cost of the session.


I comply to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018).

This requires that any data held electronically or handwritten relating to my clients is stored safely and securely. These records are usually kept for up to three years unless you have specifically requested otherwise.

The steps I use to securely store or transmit data include protection and encryption, setting up firewalls, installing anti-virus software, shredding personal documents and deleting electronic information, such as phone numbers and email addressses that are no longer required, securing business premises and using securely locked storage system for paper records.

Payment can be made via:-

  • Bank transfer or PayPal to be paid on the day you book the initial appointment and a week in advance for all subsequent appointments. Please send an email to request further details of how to payment details. Or visit to my site www.just4therapy.com 
  • Cash

Please note my cancellation policy above.

Further information

More information on EMDR

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing. It is a psychotherapeutic procedure that originated during the '80's in the United States, designed to treat traumatic or dysfunctional memories and experiences, and their psychological consequences. In addition, it is now used for a variety of symptoms including bullying, harassment, accidents, victimisations, grief, anxiety, panic disorders, pain, sexual dysfunction and a wide range of experientially based disorders. It is a recommended treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD), by The National Institute of Clinical Excellence, (NICE).

EMDR may be used as a stand alone treatment by itself, and/or or as an adjunctive therapy alongside "talking therapy" and/or hypnosis.

One unusual element in EMDR is bilateral stimulation, usually in the form of eye movements, or bilateral auditory or tactile stimulation. There is a great deal of evidence that bilateral stimulation speeds up the reprocessing of disturbing emotional or traumatic material, and at the same time helps you, the client, feel safer in making contact with traumatic material.  A number of replicated research trials have demonstrated that eye movements reduce the vividness of emotional and traumatic imagery. It is believed that the eye movements induced in EMDR, mirror the natural eye movement process that occurs in the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) phase of sleep, during which information is processed naturally.

An EMDR therapist should always firstly carry out a careful psychological assessment of whether EMDR would be suitable for the problem (s) presented, and will elicit a memory representing the problem. You will be asked for a picture that represents the memory, a negative belief that you have about yourself in relation to the memory, and to notice associated physical sensations. Thereafter, a number of sets of eye movements or other bilateral stimulation are commenced, and after each set of eye movements the therapist will ask you what you have noticed. Typically, the images, emotions, and sensations experienced change through this process. At some point these changes become more positive and adaptive as you reprocess old dysfunctional information and connect with presently held adaptive and functional information. The aim is always to enable you to recollect the original traumatic material without disturbance and to have new and more adaptive beliefs about themselves in relation to the experience.

With "simple" or "one off" small "t" traumas EMDR can be remarkably rapid in its effects. More "complex" big "T" trauma, and/or multiple trauma treatment can take much longer.

Many insurance providers that cover standard counselling & psychotherapy, also cover EMDR services. Please contact your insurance carrier for further information.

Maps & Directions

Chorley, PR7
Penrith, CA10 3BJ

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Chorley:- Tues, Wed & Thurs 9 am to 6.30 pm. Morland near Penrith: Mondays morning only 9 am up until 1 pm.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I offer EMDR supervision and supervision for integrative orientations which reflect my approach as a therapist.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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