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Elena Dunn MBACP specialising in anxiety and abuse

Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 4LJ
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Dursley, Gloucestershire, GL11 4LJ

About me

Thank you for visiting my profile, you have made the first, big step. I am a Psychodynamic Counsellor with extensive experience in working with trauma, anxiety and abuse in the largest counselling organisation in Gloucestershire.

In my private practice I work with individuals by offering counselling services in a safe, confidential and contemporary atmosphere near the centre of Dursley, as well as counselling via telephone or videolink.

I specialise in trauma; emotional and physical abuse related counselling and anxiety. I have extensive experience with male and female survivors of sexual violation.

Counselling is offered open ended basis, as follows:

Individual counselling:

Life's traumatic events, both recent and in the past, could leave you with strong, unmanageable emotions. I work with an approach, which emphasises that living with trauma on a continuous, possibly daily basis could change the way we respond to life’s challenges, opportunities and demands.

I look forward to welcoming your concerns and understanding of the problem ; concentrate our immediate attention on what is most urgent for you and look into potentially broadening the exploration towards the roots of it all and the possible way forward.

Some of the areas, which we would aim to cover during your First Session would be:

1. Your concerns in more details

2. Enquiries about your historic and present circumstances

3. Information about how I work


Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling

Drug and Alcohol Addiction training

Domestic Abuse and Safeguarding training with extensive experience with leading Counselling and Family Support organisations

Therapy with Male and Female Survivors of Sexual Abuse and extensive experience counselling survivors.

Increasing resilience for children, young people and families training

Attachment in Counselling

Time Limited Counselling (Brief Dynamic Counselling) Qualification

Enhanced DBS

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

  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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Individual clients testimonials:

‘Elena's ability to listen and understand my problems is admiring. She lets me express my feelings so freely, and I never thought I could have my life back. Her calming presence relaxed me and I felt confident to speak about my problem, knowing I was not judged at all. Elena helped me so much, that I recommend her 10/10.’

‘I came to Elena feeling very down and worried about my position in life. She talked to me and I calmed down from the first meeting, after that each meeting we explored my problems and slowly I started to feel better and my confidence started to grow. I only wish I’d started to go to counselling earlier, I’m so pleased I found a counsellor like Elena. I really look forward to my sessions each week, highly recommended.’

'Hello! I would like to share my impression of my sessions with Elena Dunn. I contacted her for help with accumulated psychological tiredness, as well as unexplained physical pains all over my body. I wanted to discover the reasons for that and to try and overcome a difficult period in my life.We met for 6 sessions and from the very beginning I felt relaxed and trusted Elena with narrative about events in my life - both present and in the past. Very delicately she directed me to explore the origin of those emotions, feelings and sensations, which were troubling me, affecting my physical health as well. I was very impressed that she would not give me direct advice, but would lead the conversation towards me realising the roots of the issues. I impatiently waited for our sessions and am still benefitting from those analysis in my everyday life. I am so grateful for her professional help, deep analysis and psychological intuition during those difficult times.'

Woodland Cottage Counselling
13 Boulton Lane
GL11 4LJ

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Italian


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


My availability hours are flexible

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


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