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I am a qualified, UKCP-registered psychotherapist, and I provide psychotherapy and CBTi to individuals (over 18). I am also a specialist sleep psychotherapist.

How I work
I take a biopsychosocial approach to therapy, recognising that social, environmental and cultural factors all play a part in our health and wellbeing. I work holistically, recognising that the mind and body are one. I use a combination approach, melding mind and body awareness, mindfulness, psychotherapy, and CBTi to meet your needs and where you are.

​I am particularly interested in trauma and PTSD and how they prevent us from sleeping. Trauma is not only the things that happen to you; it's what happens inside of you when things happen to you. The body's innate wisdom is to keep you alive - keep you awake, so a large part of our work is about finding ways to slow things down. After all, sleep is the ultimate in letting go, and if you can't sleep, you need to understand what is going on.

Sleep issues arise for many reasons. Stress, anxiety and depression are all key factors. I utilise the CBTi framework – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia, and I also work with people to deepen into long-standing problems that manifest in poor sleep. To understand our own emotional lives and those of the people around us, we need a deeper connection, and one way to do this is through mindfulness and increased awareness of how it is to be in the world. I work with a mix of practices to meet your specific needs.

For example, it might be that we take a cognitive approach, working from the top-down, accessing your story through thoughts and words, or we may take a bottom-up approach and work with the feelings and sensations of what you are experiencing.

Whichever way we choose to work, I offer a safe place to explore and discuss the most difficult of things, even those that are hidden. I provide one-to-one support without judgment or criticism to support you in finding solutions and a way forward in life.

Sessions are conducted on a weekly basis, with each session lasting 50 minutes. Currently, due to the Covid situation, all sessions are online. If you are interested in knowing more you can phone for more information.

I offer

  • Short and long-term therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi)
  • online video sessions on Zoom for both UK and overseas clients
  • I am not currently working face to face

Training, qualifications & experience

As well as an MA in Mindfulness-based psychotherapy from Middlesex University, and a diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from BCPC, I have completed further training, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCBT),  training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI), and Trauma Assessment under Babette Rothschild. I continue to train within all aspects of sleep, trauma and psychotherapy.

I have a private practice currently online, I am also a consultant psychotherapist at The London Sleep Centre and isleepclinc.com

I am a member of the British Sleep Society (BSS)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with



Circadian rhythm disorders


From £50.00 to £75.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • Aviva
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

Please contact me regarding fees. As I work as both a psychotherapist and a sleep therapist, these are different services and costs depend on your requirements.


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Further information

The UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) Ethical Framework underpins the way I work as a psychotherapist. UKCP believes that Anyone can benefit from psychotherapy. Talking to a trained professional can help you to explore your concerns, thoughts and feelings and improve your mental health.​ The Ethical Framework is in place to set high standards regarding proficient and ethical practice.

I hold professional indemnity insurance and an Enhanced DBS.

Health insurance
I am registered with a number of health insurance providers. Please ask for further details.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

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Heather Darwall-Smith

Heather Darwall-Smith