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About me

Hello, I'm Donna and I can offer you several therapies, including some that do not require as much talking as standard talking therapies (for example Brainspotting, EMDR, and Therapeutic writing).

I offer either 45mins (£45) or 60mins (£60) appointments. Email me if you would like to book a session. You do not need to know which therapy to choose - I will help you to choose what might work best for you.

My sessions will be by video consultation or phone for the time being. I have been a therapist for over 20yrs and online since 2014 so I am very experienced with online therapy and have completed training in this mode also. Many of my clients find this to be very convenient for them as they don't have to travel to get to sessions.

My theoretical approach is cognitive-behavioural, but I am strongly influenced by neurobiological theories of emotion and attachment, compassion-focused therapy, polyvagal theory and acceptance and commitment therapy.  I also incorporate the adaptive information processing theory of EMDR into my practice.  This all means that I have a strong body-brain and trauma-informed focus to my work with clients and am well-practiced in identifying and working with complex PTSD (CPTSD).  I am a fully Accredited BABCP Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, accredited by the National Counselling Society (MNCS Accred.), an EMDR & BrainspottingTherapist. I'm also a HCPC qualified Occupational Therapist and Writing therapist.

Training, qualifications & experience

My qualifications are:

  • BSc(Hons) Psychology 2:1
  • BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy 2:1
  • PG Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • PG Diploma Integrative Arts in Health, Education & Community Settings
  • EMDR Basic Practitioner Training (All parts)
  • General Certificate in Online Counselling & Psychotherapy Part 1.
  • IAPT Supervisor Training
  • Brainspotting Phase 1, Phase 2, and David Grand 3-day training.
  • HSP Training (Via Elaine Aron's website)
  • Mindfulness Guide Training
  • Forest Bathing Practitioner Training
  • Diploma in Journal Therapy

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.


British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have special interest and experience with trauma and polyvagal theory.  I have also trained with Elaine Aron's course on Psychotherapy for HSP's and will be listed on her site shortly.  I also am working on my certification as a Brainspotting therapist and aim to be listed on the Brainspotting.com site shortly too.

My other areas of specialism are Social anxiety, Neurobiological psychotherapy and Neurodiversity.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies


£60.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

45 min session £45

60 min session £60


You can book a free 10min video chat with me or book a therapy session directly using my online booking system on my website. Just go to the 'Book an appointment' tab.

Further information

I plan to begin an expressive writing therapy course shortly.  If you are interested in this do let me know.


Garrison Avenue

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Experienced CBT & Online therapy Supervisor. I also incorporate ACT, Brainspotting & EMDR into my practice.

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Donna Bottomley - Brainspotting, EMDR & CBT Therapist

Donna Bottomley - Brainspotting, EMDR & CBT Therapist