Cigdem Berrett

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Psychotherapist & Counsellor, MSc, CTA (P), UKCP registered.
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Braintree CM7 & Colchester CO1
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello and welcome.

I am a fully qualified psychotherapist and psychotherapeutic counsellor.

I work with individuals and couples who are seeking emotional well-being,  clarity, and a greater connection with themselves and others.

Life can be challenging. We might find ourselves grappling with complex and challenging emotions that leave us feeling weighed down. We may doubt ourselves and our choices or carry a sense of 'not getting things right'. We may find ourselves stuck in patterns of thoughts, feelings, or behaviours that cause difficulty. 

I will work with you to explore aspects of yourself or your life with a fresh perspective so that you can find a way forward. Therapy provides an excellent platform to do this, where you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your relationships. 

Whether you are seeking support for emotional well-being, personal growth, or deeper connections in your relationships, I'd love to hear from you.


Currently, I offer sessions from two locations; Braintree and Colchester. Both locations offer peaceful and welcoming spaces. Additionally, I offer online sessions.


I have provided counselling and psychotherapy in a variety of settings, including charitable organisations and the NHS, and have experience of working with people (18+) from diverse backgrounds. 

Some of the issues I have helped people with in the past include:

  • relationships troubles
  • anxiety
  • depression and low mood
  • low self-esteem
  • life transitions (becoming a parent, changing jobs, retirement, relocation, children leaving home etc.)
  • stress management
  • grief and loss
  • trauma and trust issues
  • unresolved childhood experiences

In addition, I have special interests in neurodivergence, low self-esteem and attachment.

My approach

My therapeutic approach is underpinned by Transactional Analysis. Transactional Analysis is a versatile and efficient approach to therapy which incorporates important aspects of different types of modalities (humanistic, cognitive behavioural and psychoanalytic).

This means that I make use of a range of therapeutic concepts and methods that are tailored to unique individual needs. My style is collaborative, and focused on here-and-now while paying attention to past/present relational experiences.

I am passionate about psychological and emotional wellbeing. I believe that we all have the capacity for positive change and personal growth.  I adopt an empathic and respectful approach while offering gentle challenges.

In couples therapy, we would focus on you and your partner's relationship, past and present ways of relating and your connection as a couple. 

Length and format of therapy

I offer short, medium/long-term therapy depending on your needs and preference. When therapy is short-term, we might focus on an issue that is at the forefront of your mind. Or you may wish to work long-term to deepen your understanding of yourself and your relationships. 

What happens in our first meeting?

At our first session, we can discuss your reasons for seeking therapy and how we might work together. Understanding your expectations, aims and hopes from the therapy process is important.

Next steps

If you're considering working with me, please feel free to reach out via text, email, or phone call.

I understand that it may be daunting to begin therapy, so I offer a complimentary 15-minute phone call, which can be booked at

For more information, please visit my website or please reach out to make an appointment.

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Training, qualifications & experience


  • MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (Middlesex University) 
  • Clinical Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute)
  • Clinical Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Metanoia Institute)
  • Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA-P)
  • Certificate in Couples Counselling

Professional Membership:

  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), Full Registered Member
  • International Association of Relational Transactional Analysis (IARTA)
  • Public liability insurance
  • ICO Registered
  • DBS checked

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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UK Council for Psychotherapy


£45.00 - £70.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Axa Health

Additional information

If you are looking to fund the sessions through your health insurance, I am a psychotherapist recognised by AXA Health.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Further information

I practice from Braintree and Colchester. Both locations offer safe, calm and welcoming spaces which are easily accessible from Halstead, Sudbury, Coggeshall, Chelmsford, Colchester, Dunmow and other nearby places.

There is free onsite parking available in Braintree. If you are coming by train, there is a walk of approximately 10 mins from the mainline station. 

My Colchester practice is in the city centre. There is no parking available at the premises; however, there are a number of public car parks nearby.

Braintree, Essex, CM7

Colchester, Essex, CO1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)

Key details

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Online platforms

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