Donna M Bottomley - Brainspotting, CBT & EMDR Therapist
Hello, I'm Donna M Bottomley and I am here to help if you are looking to try therapy. I can offer you either CBT/ACT, EMDR, Brainspotting or Therapeutic Writing therapy. I've been a therapist for 20 years and have also trained in different creative writing methods too. Send me an email if you would like to book an appointment, or book a free 10min phone consultation via the booking link on my website. I'd really like to hear from you and talk through what I can offer.
My sessions will be by video consultation or phone for the time being. I have over 6 years experience of providing therapy online, and have training in online therapy. 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 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 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, a BACP Registered Psychotherapist, 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 and
- Forest Bathing Practitioner Training
Registered / Accredited
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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.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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, Dyspraxia and Neurodiversity.
45 min session £45
60 min session £60
I plan to begin a series of therapeutic writing groups shortly. If you are interested in this (it will take place on Zoom) do let me know.