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Beverly Coghlan, BSc, MSc (Health Psych), PG Dip CBT

Emsworth, West Sussex, PO10 7DA
07483 438861 07483 438861 Registered / Accredited

About me


My premises are COVID secure and I am conducting my therapy sessions in person or online (using Zoom).

A bit about my work:

Over the past forty years, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) have both been shown through many clinical research studies to be helpful for people struggling with many different types of emotional problems. These include depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, other anxiety disorders such as OCD, panic/agoraphobia, health anxiety, body dysmorphic disorder and so on. In ACT we tend to steer clear of formal mental health diagnoses because we work on the underlying psychological processes that cause the problems, rather than working on the symptoms. Sometimes it is easier to identify the thoughts and behaviours that are causing difficulties and then work from there.

Some examples are:

  • feeling so stuck with life that you are unable to do anything
  • having negative thoughts about yourself, about others or about the future
  • worrying about everything
  • worrying about your health
  • having panic attacks
  • excessively checking things
  • feeling unable to cope with a chronic physical health condition such as heart disease, CFS/ME, fibromyalgia, IBS, chronic pain, diabetes or cancer.

The list could go on and on, and whilst the unhelpful thoughts and behaviours appear very different, the psychological processes underlying them are the same. This is why whatever you are struggling with at present that is preventing you from living the life that you really want to live ACT/CBT might help you. Not everyone benefits from this type of psychotherapy. A necessary prerequisite is the desire to change and the willingness to do something different. ACT can be long or short term or ultra brief depending on what you and I decide together. Each session lasts for 50 minutes and is usually once a week.

A bit about me:
I have been a healthcare worker all of my working life. I trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London more years ago than I care to remember. After becoming a ward sister I retrained as a clinical scientist, undertaking a degree in Physiology at University College, London and a masters degree in Biopharmacy at King’s College London. I then spent the next twenty years working in clinical research, both in the pharmaceutical industry and in academia. Twelve years ago I read for another master’s degree at Southampton University in Health Psychology. This was a course that seemed to draw together all of my past experience and which sparked an interest in psychotherapy.

Ten years ago I completed the NHS – IAPT (Improved Access to Psychological Therapies) post graduate diploma in cognitive behaviour therapy and have been working in the NHS and prisons with people who need help overcoming anxiety and depression and also with people with severe and enduring mental health problems.

I have just completed a research project on mind-body healing in the Department of Primary Medical Care at Southampton University.
I also work for a national charity, Assist Traumacare, as a specialist trauma outreach therapist.

I am accredited as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and supervisor with the BABCP and also as an EMDR practitioner. I am bound by the ethical code of conduct of the BABCP and NMC.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered Nurse 1983

BSc (Hons) physiology (2:1)

MSc Biopharmacy

MSc Health Psychology


PG Diploma CBT

Specific ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) training from Steve Hayes, Russ Harris, Mark Webster, Matthieu Vilatte, Yvonne Barnes-Holmes.

Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy trained

EMDR level 3 qualified and accredited.

Trauma-Focused CBT Trained

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Consequences of developmental or long-term trauma.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • EMDR
  • Schema Therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


£80.00 per session.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

31b North Street
West Sussex
PO10 7DA

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. Evening appointments (6pm to 8pm) available on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


I offer supervision to therapists using many models of practice, but particularly those with a cognitive and behavioural focus and am working towards BABCP accreditation for supervision.

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

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Beverly Coghlan, BSc, MSc (Health Psych), PG Dip CBT

Beverly Coghlan, BSc, MSc (Health Psych), PG Dip CBT