Heather Shipley, CBT & Emotional Therapeutic Counsellor Ad Dip FETC MFETC MNCS

Heather Shipley, CBT & Emotional Therapeutic Counsellor Ad Dip FETC MFETC MNCS

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Lifeways Therapy Centre
Albany Road
Stratford Upon Avon
CV37 6PG

07803 011415

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Lifeways Therapy Centre
Albany Road
Stratford Upon Avon
CV37 6PG

07803 011415

About me

Friendly, emphatic, calm and supportive. I truly believe that talking and holistic therapies will help you experience a more positive outlook on life. I work with adults, young people and couples.

Hello and welcome. I am a therapist who is experienced, accredited, registered, insured and supervised. I love being able to help my clients understand why they are feeling like they do and working together to make improvements in their overall wellbeing. I work with clients experiencing a range of issues including: anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, bereavement, low self-confidence, child-related issues and relationship difficulties.

My background includes marketing management, Teaching Assistant/Nurture Lead, family support worker, young persons counsellor/mentor and counselling adults in a therapeutic environment.

My practice is totally focussed on meeting your goals. I work with tools from both Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Emotional Therapeutic Counselling to be able to help you with short and long-term concerns. Sometimes when we are experiencing strong emotions or negative thought processes, talking to an experienced therapist can help make sense of why you may be feeling that way.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a short-term goals focused therapy. By changing our negative thought patterns we can change the way we think and feel.

Emotional Therapeutic Counselling (ETC)
A key aspect of ETC is the range of talking and creative techniques used to assist you to both recognise and release painful feelings, in an appropriate manner.

Accredited Voluntary Register

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma in Emotional Therapeutic Counselling
  • Youth Mental Health First Aider (Mental Health England)
  • Diploma in Emotional Therapeutic Counselling
  • Foundation in Emotional Therapeutic Counselling
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Diploma in Counselling for Children and Adolescents
  • Volunteer Mentor for Lifespace Trust (www.lifespace.org.uk)
  • Nurture Group Practitioner - The Theory of Nurture Groups for Nurture Group Network
  • 10 years working in a primary school in a pastoral/nurture role
  • Member of the Foundation for Emotional Therapeutic Counselling
  • Member of the National Counselling Society
  • Diploma in Indian Head Massage
  • Diploma in Reflexology
  • Enhanced DBS checked

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Emotional Therapeutic Therapy
Childhood issues
Emotional Resilience
Stratford upon Avon

Photos & videos

  • Lifeways Therapy Centre
  • Lifeways Therapy Centre
  • Therapy Room
  • Therapy Room


Lifeways - A 20 minute introductory appointment is charged at £20. This will give you the opportunity to learn more about my therapies and how I may be able to help you. A full 50 minute session can be booked straight away charged at £40 (£60 for couples).

Cancellation Charges
If an appointment is cancelled 48 hours in advance, no fee will be charged. If an appointment is cancelled with less than 48 hours notice, a cancellation fee of £20 will be charged.

Further information

June 2017 Article in The Guardian

For survivors and the bereaved, it’s practical support and empathy that are needed now.
The importance of waiting until grief counselling is acceptable to survivors was also underlined by Heather Shipley, a cognitive behavioural therapist and therapeutic counsellor working with grief and loss. “Right now these people just need time,” she said on Saturday. “Counselling can be fantastic. But people need to be in a place where they feel OK about speaking to someone first.

Read more here ... https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/17/nothing-real-for-grenfell-tower-bereaved-hard-to-offer-help?CMP=share_btn_link

Maps & Directions

Stratford Upon Avon, CV37 6PG

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Yes


Appointments available during the week and weekends.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults