Dawn Lilburn

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EMDR Europe Accred. BACP Snr Accred Counsellor and Supervisor
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York, North Yorkshire, YO30
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About me

It is natural to want to believe that we can deal with whatever life throws our way, but the truth is that sometimes it can feel just too much.  Negative thoughts which we have previously kept under control can begin to get "louder" and in some cases seem overwhelming and contribute to a feeling of isolation.
I can help to lessen that feeling of isolation and work with you to find the best way forward so you can get back on with your life again.

I believe that everyone is different and work with my clients as individuals.  What works for one person may not necessarily work for another.  My integrative approach enables me to tailor my approach to suit each client.  As an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner I am able to offer this as a stand alone therapy or to integrate it into the work if this would be beneficial for the client.

I work from a humanistic base, but also have a certificate in CBT for clients who prefer a more structured way of working.  I enjoy working with my clients, helping them to rediscover strengths and to identify areas that might require the development of new resources, which we can work towards together.

I am originally from Newcastle, moving to York in 1987.  In 2009 I decided to begin to build a small private practice from my home in York, where I work from a  confidential counselling room.  Although not far from the centre of York, it offers plenty of free parking and the Park and Ride is only a short walk away. 

Although I have 17 years experience of working with a wide range of issues, I do have a special interest and extensive training in working with anxiety, trauma and PTSD.  

Although I am able to offer a variety of ways of working, I have found EMDR to be an extremely effective method of treatment for anxiety, trauma and PTSD.  It works by harnessing our natural problem solving ability.  Sometimes it can be very difficult to talk about what makes us anxious.   Unlike counselling, EMDR can work effectively without the need to go into the detail.  More details can be found on my website www.dawnlilburncounselling.co.uk or by calling me on 07795093101 to ask any questions you might have.

Training, qualifications & experience

I began my counselling training in 1999 and completed a Graduate Diploma in Counselling at the University of York St John in 2003. My placements during training were with Victim Support, York Women's Counselling Service and York Rape Crisis.

I have 20 years qualified experience of working as a counsellor. This consisted of working in voluntary agencies, within a generic counselling service mainly in GP's surgeries, and latterly in private practice.

I have also worked as part of a specialised team offering mid to longer term Counselling and EMDR to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

I work with adult individuals (17 years and above).

I have experience of working short to long term with a wide variety of issues.

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I am also an Accredited EMDR Therapist and have a Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision.

Training Completed:-

  • Treating Attachment Wounds with EMDR Therapy
  • Polyvagal Theory: A Science of Safety
  • Working with Disorganised Attachment and Developmental Trauma
  • Polyvagal Theory & EMDR Through the 8 Phases
  • Innovations in EMDR Therapy: for a Rapidly Changing World
  • Can Insecurely Attached Mothers Have Securely Attached Children?
  • The Vulnerable Narcissist
  • Understanding Mother-Daughter Attachment
  • Vagal Toning for Therapy
  • The Roles of Conscious and Unconscious Fantasies in Complex Trauma
  • The Supervisory Relationship - Difficulties and Delights
  • Adv. Memory Reconsolidation, the Flash Technique and EMDR
  • An Integrative Approach to Working with Traumatic Preverbal Memories
  • Exploring EMDR with Parts and Complex Trauma
  • Retiring the Inner Critic
  • EMDR G-TEP Remote Individual and Self-Care Protocol
  • EMDR Therapy with Train Drivers
  • How to Stop Nightmares
  • Working with EMDR Online
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • Memory Reconsolidation, the Flash Technique and EMDR
  • Pain, Parts, Illness and Identity
  • Shame and EMDR
  • Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors
  • Attachment Perspectives and Borderline Personality Disorder and Implications for therapy
  • Cognitive Interweaves in EMDR
  • Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice
  • EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care
  • Healing Complex Trauma and Dissociation with Ego State Therapy and EMDR
  • Losing Sleep, how Psychotherapeutic Techniques can help
  • Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery
  • How to use EMDR for long term Depression
  • How to use EMDR with clients with Autism
  • How to treat OCD with EMDR
  • Trauma and the Body: Somatisation and Dissociation
  • Certificate in Occupational Stress Management
  • Refreshing Supervision
  • Mind-body Preparation for IVF
  • Living and Working with Dissociation
  • EMDR with People who dissociate and/or have DID
  • Developing Skills for working with Traumatic Bereavements
  • Therapist to Coach
  • Managing Stress with Mindfulness
  • Attachment and Trauma
  • Diploma of Clinical Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
  • Certificate in N.L.P. Skills
  • Diploma in Smoking Cessation Therapy
  • Dilemmas in using EMDR in Time Limited Environments
  • Temporal sequencing
  • Certificate in Flexible CBT
  • A Primal Look at Attachment
  • Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy
  • EMDR Europe Training Parts 1, 2 and 3
  • Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision
  • Certificate in Counselling
  • Key Approaches to Working with Clients
  • Domestic Abuse Awareness
  • Phobia and Present Anxiety EMDR Protocol
  • EMDR and Bereavement
  • Working Therapeutically with Couples
  • Basic Awareness in Child Protection
  • EFT Workshop
  • Sleep Disorders and Mental Heath
  • An Introduction to CBT
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse and Adult Mental Health
  • Supporting People with Eating Disorders
  • Brief Solution Focused Therapy
  • Overcoming Roadblocks in Trauma
  • The Essential Toolkit for Running Groups

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Low motivation,
Trust issues
Sleep Disorders,
Public Speaking etc.


£60.00 - £70.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA

Additional information

My sessions last for 60 minutes each and generally take place weekly.

Counselling £60.00 per session

EMDR £70.00 per session

A combination of Counselling and EMDR £70.00 per session

Supervision £65.00/£70.00


When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I work Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the day and offer a 6pm session Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Further information

Both my email and mobile answerphone are confidential and I would welcome contact in either way to discuss any questions or concerns you might have about working together. 

I always try to respond to any messages left the same day.

Once contact has been made and we are both happy to proceed an appointment would be made to meet for an assessment session.

I offer week day and evening appointment times to suit your requirements.

York, North Yorkshire, YO30

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

My therapy room is upstairs.

Additional languages



In person

I am a BACP Senior Accredited Supervisor.

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Dawn Lilburn
Dawn Lilburn