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About me

My counselling experience has covered a wide range of issues from low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence to depression, anxiety, symptoms of panic, or the difficulties of coping with bereavement.

I also help people with a range of unhelpful behaviours such as issues around eating, self-harm, addiction, anger issues and problems maintaining relationships. I have worked with individuals suffering from trauma, both recent and that experienced in childhood, usually as a result of neglect, physical abuse or sexual abuse. I am particularly interested in issues surrounding identity (cultural, gender based or those based on sexuality) and the pressures of fitting into wider society.

Further experience comes from working closely with parents for many years, having specific knowledge surrounding post- natal and parenting issues. I am a Person Centred Counsellor, who provides a safe and empathic place for individuals to explore what is going on in their world. I then utilise tools from other specialisms, namely cognitive behavioural therapy, creative therapy and psychodynamic approaches, to assist the client in best dealing with their particular issue or situation.

I have a background in Sociology and Social Science, having gained a degree and Masters in this area. I am also a qualified teacher, currently teaching counselling at levels 2, 3 and 4 – (for information visit www.warwickcounselling.co.uk/inspire-counselling-training/) I recently updated my skills by undertaking an MA by Research in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc Hons in Sociology, Loughborough University of Technology, 1983; MSc, University of London, 1985; Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, CPCAB, 2006; Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies, CPCAB, 2006; Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, ABC, 2008; Diploma in Teaching in The Lifelong Learning Sector, University of Warwick, 2012; MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Warwick, 2015

Member organisations


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).

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am particularly experienced in helping people who have suffered historical abuse and / or trauma and utililise a range of foward thinking techniques to assist individuals in dealing with the present day effects of past events.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy


Counselling per 50 minute session: £45

Student concessions (over 18's): £35


I am available during the day Monday to Friday and evenings Monday, Thursday and Friday. I have limited Saturday morning appointments.

The Traditional Acupuncture Centre
19 Binswood Street
Leamington Spa
CV32 5RW

Key details

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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.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Dawn Goddard: MA Counselling and Psychotherapy, MSc, BSc, QTS

Dawn Goddard: MA Counselling and Psychotherapy, MSc, BSc, QTS