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Dawn McGregor, Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Ba (Hons) (Bacp Reg)

Ely CB7 & Bury St. Edmunds IP33
07736 390051 and 07415739451 07736 390051 and 07415739451
Ely CB7 & Bury St. Edmunds IP33

About me

As a therapist I provide a caring and safe place to help you explore your life pain and difficulties. Confidential, professional, non-judgemental support in a space where you will be respected, listened to and importantly heard. The sessions are a time for you to be able to re-evaluate and freely share with me what maybe causing you distress.  Helping to empower you with strategies, helping you and your relationship with life transform and grow with knowledge, insight, solutions, choices and freedom from the weight of life problems.

I understand how life difficulties can be isolating and unhappy experiences. You may feel persistently emotionally troubled, entangled, and have nowhere to turn; have a feeling of emptiness or numbness, lack of meaning, lack of motivation and hopeless feelings.  Do you struggle to say ‘no’ to others or feel guilt when you have done nothing wrong, have depression or chronic anxiety and restlessness? Maybe you have difficulties with relating to others, either personally or in your working life. You may not ‘feel’ or be living your entitlement to a better life. Perhaps you have been told that you are ‘too sensitive’ or maybe you feel deeply misunderstood, feel shame and or strongly criticise yourself. Perhaps you have unpredictable mood swings, anger outbursts or are sensitive to criticism and feel rejected or fear being abandoned by others or perhaps emotionally over-react to situations. Maybe you are repeatedly drawn to the same type of partner/ relationship over and over whilst not having your own needs attended to.

Do you experience Self sabotaging behaviours?  have suicidal thoughts, self harm? impulsive or compulsion actions? Feel isolated and alienated by others? Perhaps you are finding it hard to come to terms with a life changing experience, for example bereavement, divorce, separation or occupation loss. You may have concerns about your emotional life or feel frustrated and unfulfilled. Perhaps you are finding it difficult to cope with other losses and suffer from deprivations from your past; or with difficult, perhaps abusive, relationships.

How can Psychotherapy and Counselling help?

Working with importance placed on a person's thoughts, feelings, circumstances and experience accesses deeper understanding of oneself and aids lasting change and true healing. A focus on physical, emotional and behavioural levels (Integrative therapy) attends to ALL levels of a person’s being, their physical, psychological, spiritual aspects, their relationships and their environment.

By synthesising up to date bottom-up (body) and top-down (mind and brain) interventions, I combine the best of both worlds to help individuals find resolution and meaning in their lives and develop a new, somatically integrated sense of self.

Gaining insight along a transforming journey, will help enable a full real life to be shaped, filled with joy, success, gain insight into loss of direction, personal meaning and also can improve health.

I provide integrative psychotherapy and counselling for adults, couples and young people. My training and experience works with a wide range of difficulties and issues (listed below). I have my own private practice (Butterfly Counselling and Psychotherapy) and have previously worked for the National Health Service and for two different counselling charity organisations.

  • Relationship issues
  • Affairs and Betrayal
  • Unresolved Childhood issues
  • Depression
  • Addictions
  • Separation and Divorce
  • Trauma
  • Developmental Trauma
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Borderline Personality Disorder/ Pervasive Emotional Intensity Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Relational / family issues
  • Self-esteem
  • Sleep issues
  • Bereavement
  • Self Harm
  • Difficulty Expressing or Managing feelings
  • Anger and anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Feeling 'stuck' and looking for direction
  • Support through a life difficulty


Located in easy reach of Fordham, Ely, Soham, Isleham, Burwell, Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Mildenhall and surrounding villages.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

Integrative Counselling FdA Degree

Ba (hons) Integrative Psychotherapy/Counselling

Continued professional development training includes:

Studying the Neuroscience of Attachment, recent research shows how trauma/interpersonal trauma changes the brain. I have studied interventions that can help clients feel safe when processing traumatic memory.  My understanding in the brain’s role can speed healing and reduce symptoms.

Other training modalities and interventions I have studied include:

Polyvagal Theory (comprehensive understandings of our autonomic nervous systems influence upon, interpersonal trauma and behaviours and psychological processes). My study teaches practical applications and creative ways to settle distress within a person, to help them transition into the state in which they are most likely to heal.         

Sand tray therapy

Gestalt/body psychotherapy/working with the pervasive nature of shame, anxiety and trauma.

Couples Therapy

Art Therapy

Domestic Violence

Mindfulness, comprehensive breathing techniques

Anger Management

The body's critical role in treatment of trauma/interpersonal trauma/PTSD. Understanding the role and importance of Neuroscience in pscychotherapy

Anger Management

Jungian Analysis and Dreamwork

My influences are Humanistic, Jungian, Attachment & Developmental Theories. I also implement Psychodynamic, Existential, Gestalt skills Transactional Analysis and C.B.T in my work. I provide the optional use of art materials and sand tray so your counselling experience need not be limited to talking therapies alone. I also work with 'dreams' as similarly this way of working can be revealing and promote insightful awareness. 

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).

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

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology

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£50 per 60 minute individual session.

£55 per 60 session for couples.

Whatever your reason for considering counselling and psychotherapy, it can be an amazing experience that helps you move forward to where you would like to be in life. I understand that taking the first steps to looking after yourself and entering into counselling is not easy. Finding the right therapist for ‘you’ is so important; you should feel a sense of trust, rapport and be able to communicate with your therapist.  The therapeutic relationship is of the uppermost importance to me. I am happy to talk on the telephone, or if you prefer you can email me or text me, so you can get a sense of me before we meet, to help you find out if you feel comfortable with me, share what troubles you, ask questions and explore how therapy can work for you.

I offer face to face counselling but recognise that not everyone is able to physically attend sessions. In respect of this skype and telephone counselling is available.

Further information


Western Way
Bury St. Edmunds

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
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


Monday-Friday daytime and evening availability

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Dawn McGregor, Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Ba (Hons) (Bacp Reg)

Dawn McGregor, Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Ba (Hons) (Bacp Reg)

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