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Hadassah Lipszyc-Townend

Tewkesbury GL20 & Cheltenham GL50
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Tewkesbury GL20 & Cheltenham GL50

About me

Coronavirus update:

Due to social distancing regulations, I’m currently offering online video or telephone sessions. Please contact me here or via my website to enquire: www.cbtandcounselling.co.uk

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)

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 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


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

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness



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.



Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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


Weekday appointments available

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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