About me

From time to time, everyone faces challenges and difficulties in their life but sometimes these can seem overwhelming. My work as an established psychotherapist and counsellor has seen me successfully help clients experiencing a wide range of such difficulties in their lives, either on a short or long-term basis.

I have over thirty years experience of dealing with people undergoing crisis in their lives. My private practice is conveniently located in the town centre of Bishop's Stortford, close to ample public car parking and the bustling high street. It offers a safe, comfortable and confidential environment in which to explore how and why you feel the way you do and to help you to move forward in your life.

My professional qualifications are in ‘Integrative Psychotherapy’, studied at Regent's University in London, one of the leading UKCP training institutions. Having an integrative base allows me to draw from across the wide range of theories to find a way of working with you that best meets your specific needs. My passion for developing what I can offer to my clients has led me to undertake further experience-specific ways of working. A list of my focussed learning is detailed below but the centre of my approach is an emphasis on you; working together to find a way that can realise all your life's potential, rooted within modern research-based theory and years of experience.

In addition to my private practice I am an approved provider for a G.P. practice and provide a trauma response for different emergency service organisations. I have additionally worked for a national mental health charity and a bereavement charity.

I am a registered service provider for BUPA and Cigna medical health insurance companies

I recognise that it takes a great deal of courage to look for professional help. Choosing the right therapist or counsellor can feel daunting. Please feel free to contact me if you would like any more information about my service, or to book a free introductory appointment to see whether my way of relating works for you. I make no charge for that appointment if you decide I am not the right person to work alongside.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy - Two years study at Regent's University, London
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology - Two years study at Regent's University, London
  • Bereavement training, with a London Bereavement Centre.
  • Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling - One year's study at Regent's University, London.
  • Introductory Certificate in Counselling - University of Hertfordshire

Additional subject-specific training undertaken -

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma
  • Clinical Skills for Working with Trauma
  • Treating Trauma.
  • The Nature of Trauma, Dissociation and Avoidance
  • Attachment, Trauma and Psychotherapy: Integration as a Path to Resilience and Well-being
  • Domestic Violence
  • Grief and Loss
  • The Joy of Stress
  • Adult Survivors of Emotional and Sexual Abuse in Childhood
  • Healing the Emotional and Physical Scars of Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Working with Personality Disorders
  • Addiction and Addictive Behaviours
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Neurobiology and its Applications to Psychotherapy
  • Attachment Theory and its Application to Psychotherapy
  • Suicide and Self-harm
  • Social Media and its Impact on Mental Health
  • Working with Clients who are Stuck
  • Developing Minds; Mental Health and Young People
  • Providing Online Therapy

Member organisations -

  • Registered member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

Availability
I offer flexible appointments between 7.30am - 9pm, Monday to Friday.

Fees
£60 per 60-minute weekday session until 6.00pm, and £70.00 for evening appointments

Corporate fees are by arrangement.

I have a number of low-cost places for clients on low income.

Further information

As a registered member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I work according to their code of ethics and am subject to their professional conduct procedures.

THF Therapy
5 Bridge Street
Bishop's Stortford
Hertfordshire
CM23 2JU

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Wheelchair user access

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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.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
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David Osborn

David Osborn