Hadassah Lipszyc Townend

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PG Dip Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
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Cheltenham GL50 & Tewkesbury GL20
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist working with teenagers and adults.

​When faced by difficult situations, transitions at work or in our private life, we may experience stress, anxiety, low mood, anger and any other naturally occurring emotions. This may result in a loss of confidence, self-esteem, lack of motivation and negative patterns of thinking and behaving and feeling.

When these negative thoughts, moods, behaviours and physiological reactions begin to impact our relationships, our work and quality of life, now may be a good time to do something about it.

Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy/CBT, I can help support you by teaching you new skills, working with you to develop a more helpful, healthier and rational attitude towards life difficulties. My aim is to create a safe and supportive space where you can openly discuss and consider problems, goals and aspirations, thoughts, feelings and behaviours.

What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that emphasizes the important role of 'thinking' in how we feel and how that affects what we do. Focusing on how you think about the things going on in your life (your thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes, your past experiences and how these things relate to your current problems) our work then looks at ways you can change negative patterns of thinking or behaviour and process them in a more constructive way

Your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, often trapping you in a negative spiral. CBT helps you change these negative cycles, breaking down factors that are making you feel depressed or anxious so that they become more manageable.

Why Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is widely used within the NHS and the private sector. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends CBT for the treatment of depression and anxiety.More than any other talking therapy, CBT has been the subject of extensive and well-documented research which has shown that after completing therapy, people continue to stay well for longer.

My emphasis is on finding solutions that work, so that you eventually become your own therapist, applying new skills and techniques to old and unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications & Experience

I undertook my training at Birkbeck University of London and the University of Wales

Training received at Birkbeck University:

  • Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

  • Positive Psychology: Psychology of Well-Being

  • Psychological Issues in Adolescence

  • Understanding Mental Health

  • Introduction to Counselling Course

  • Certificate in Counselling and Counselling skills (psychodynamic and person centred approaches)

Training received at University of Wales:

Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

BABCP training courses:

Schema Focused Therapy and CBT for Complex Trauma

CBT for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


CBT - ED ( Cognitive Behaviour Therapy training, specifically for Eating Disorders - Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating)
CBT-I (CBT for Insomnia) 

CBT For Depression and Anxiety in Young People and Children


Although my main approach is CBT, I have also trained in psychodynamic and person centred counselling which enables me to work in an integrative way and to draw from all three therapeutic modalities when necessary, depending on your individual needs . Working in both London and Gloucestershire, I have counselled adults of all ages experiencing a range of problems.

I have over ten years experience , working both privately and for the NHS. I have gained a variety of experience with issues such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD , phobias, eating disorders, low self esteem and trauma . I am a member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and BABCP and am bound by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.


I have full personal indemnity insurance.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Additional information


Therapy is short to medium-term depending on your circumstances.

Following an initial assessment consultation of about an hour, regular sessions last for 50 minutes and are usually weekly to begin with, sometimes becoming less frequent as you progress.

My practice is in the centre of Cheltenham and I also see clients at my home practice in Overbury, a tranquil village in the Cotswolds within easy reach of Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Evesham,Gloucester and Worcester.

I see clients by prior arrangement on weekdays.

Please enquire for fees

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Weekday appointments available

Further information


call me on 07816 522 821

or email: hadassah@cbtandcounselling.co.uk

I am based both at my practice in the centre of Cheltenham and in Overbury, north Gloucestershire - 10 miles north of Cheltenham and 7 miles east of Tewkesbury.

Address and directions will be provided prior to your first appointment.

Cheltenham, GL50

Overbury, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Hadassah Lipszyc Townend
Hadassah Lipszyc Townend