About me

Anxiety is normal. Yes, I just said that! Yet many of us grow up with the idea that anxious feelings are negative and to be avoided at all costs. I spent years trying to escape my anxiety, which only made it worse. The more I pushed away my feelings the more they pushed back, until I spent all my time pushing. It was exhausting, resulting in panic attacks and OCD behaviours.

Then I learnt to change my relationship with anxiety. I realised that to be anxious is to be human. I stopped fighting, I stopped running. I began to view my anxiety in ways that gave me more options, both in the moment and in the long term.

I did this through many years of personal work, and I used my experience to build an approach that focuses on anxiety and its related coping strategies like OCD and panic attacks. It’s based on Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is a new and powerful way of changing your perspective and moving towards the things you value most in life, whatever’s going on for you. It’s firmly rooted in evidence-based research and is shown to work for a wide range of people. I have blended ACT with my existing training to produce a range of therapeutic resources that specifically address issues related to anxiety. Contact me today for a free 20 minute Skype session or phone call to discuss how I may be able to help, or alternatively send me an email at eleanor@hiddenoak.co.uk.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have always been passionate about empowering people to explore their potential, and worked for years in the education system.  I've been a qualified counsellor for six years and have worked with people from all walks of life.  As a member of the BACP I believe in and adhere to their code of ethics and standards.

Advanced Diploma Integrative counselling

Certificate in Integrative counselling

Certificate Focusing

ACT and Anxiety

ACT as a Brief Intervention

BA Hons English Literature

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.


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My fees are £40 per hour.  I charge a discounted rate for those on low incomes or currently not working.


Monday am

Friday 9am - 6pm

Further information

Please contact me on 07743508744 or email me at eleanor@hiddenoak.space to arrange an appointment.


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