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About me

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 have much experience and success in helping my clients achieve positive change. I have experienced anxiety and depressive issues and decided to re-train as a Counsellor to be able to support others. My counselling space is calm, supportive, non-judgemental and welcoming. We will work at your pace and I can help you see things from a different perspective. I work with clients experiencing a range of issues including: anxiety, feeling sad, depression, low self-esteem, phobias, bereavement, low self-confidence, family issues, affairs and betrayals, separation and divorce, child-related issues, relationship issues and autistic spectrum disorder. I work with adults, young people and couples. I am a therapist who is experienced, accredited, registered, insured and supervised.

Please get in touch for a free friendly chat and learn more about how I can help you.

I work with tools from both CBT (analysing our cognitive thought patterns), Emotional Therapeutic Counselling (how past experiences lead us to certain patterns of behaviour), The Rewind Technique (NLP - reframing past memories into positive memories) and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) to be able to help you work towards a more positive outcome and coping strategies.

My background includes: counselling children, adults and couples, Mentor, Family Support Worker and Teaching Assistant/SEND Nurture Lead.

Accredited Voluntary Register

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Virtual Sandtray Training - Healing through Play - Oaklander
  • Counsellor Trainer for The Foundation of Emotional Therapeutic Counselling
  • Continued Professional Development and Supervision
  • Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Workshop - MindBodyBreakthrough
  • The Rewind Technique - Dr Muss
  • 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)
  • Volunteer Counsellor for Springfield Mind
  • Nurture Group Practitioner - The Theory of Nurture Groups for Nurture Group Network
  • 10 years working in a primary school in a SEND pastoral/nurture role
  • Member of the Foundation for Emotional Therapeutic Counselling
  • Member of the National Counselling Society
  • Enhanced DBS checked

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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

Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
The Rewind Technique (NLP)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Emotional Therapeutic Therapy
Childhood issues
Emotional Resilience
Stratford upon Avon
Separation and divorce
Affairs and betrayals

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy

Photos & videos


A free initial telephone/online video call.

£25 for a 30 minute session and £50 for a 60 minute session (£70 for couples).

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

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

Published articles

Lifeways Therapy Centre
Albany Road
Stratford Upon Avon
CV37 6PG

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
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


Appointments available during the week (day and evening) and weekends.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Heather Shipley CBT & Emotional Therapy Ad Dip MFETC MNCS (Accred)

Heather Shipley CBT & Emotional Therapy Ad Dip MFETC MNCS (Accred)