Hadassah Townend (Lipszyc) PG Dip MBACP

Hadassah Townend (Lipszyc) PG Dip MBACP




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About me

I am a qualified 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, depression, anger, jealousy and any other naturally occurring negative emotions. This may result in a loss of confidence, self-esteem, 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 and support you by teaching you new skills, working with you to develop a more helpful, healthier 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 stop these negative cycles, breaking down factors that are making you feel depressed or anxious so that they become more manageable. It shows you how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you think and feel.

During our therapy sessions we work together toward finding strategies that will achieve your specific goals. I will help you learn to observe your thoughts and beliefs and then to identify and understand their link to your  thoughts, feelings and behaviour

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)


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 currently work part-time for the NHS Let’s talk service and have over seven years experience in the counselling field , working both privately and for the NHS. I have gained a variety of experience with issues such as depression, anxiety, panick attacks, OCD , phobias, eating disorders and low self esteem. I am a member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and am bound by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.


I have full personal indemnity insurance.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership



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.

I practice at Cheltenham Mediation and Therapy Rooms in the centre of Cheltenham and from my home 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

Therapy fees: Overbury £55 Cheltenham £60

​Skype sessions: £55

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.

Maps & Directions

Cheltenham, GL50
Tewkesbury, GL20

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified