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Counselling Psychologist

About me


About me

The first thing to say is that I am a Counselling Psychologist, registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). As a Counselling Psychologist, I am trained to a doctoral level to deliver researched and evidence-based therapy from a variety of therapeutic models. This allows me to tailor therapy to your individual needs.

How is a Counselling Psychologist different?

Counselling Psychologists train to a doctoral level in a range of therapies, including CBT and more relationship-focus therapies, which allows them to tailor therapy. We develop particular skills in making sense of individual difficulties, which help us then tailor therapy to the person. Psychiatrists are also doctors but they work with people experiencing mental health difficulties using medications to help manage these difficulties rather than talking therapies.

My Experience
I have worked in mental healthcare since 2010. Pre-training I worked in an NHS mental health hospital as a support worker, as a charity mental health helpline worker, and in mental health research settings. Whilst training, I gained experience in using psychological therapies across a broad range of NHS mental health services, with adults, adolescents and families. I have worked both in outpatient and inpatient settings. I have worked as a counselling psychologist in the NHS primarily as a therapist, offering CBT, CAT, MBT, EMDR, SP and IFS (see below for acronyms), to adults with anxiety, mood and trauma related difficulties, with a particular focus on working with people with complex-PTSD and people who may attract a diagnosis of ‘personality disorder’. I have also worked in private practice since qualifying. 

My Values
As a counselling psychologist, as well as learning multiple psychotherapeutic approaches, my training was based on the importance of understanding an individual’s unique experience, and on how this can be explored in a therapeutic relationship. Although there are many things that shape who we are as individuals, it is, I believe, our relationships, both with ourselves and others, that often influence us most profoundly. By developing our awareness of these relationships, we can develop valuable and compassionate self-understanding. I aim for my clients to be able to use this understanding to help them to find ways of improving the quality of their lives.

The Models I Work With
I currently work primarily with Internal Family Systems (IFS), EMDR (eye movement desensitisation & reprocessing therapy), and a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP). I tailor my therapeutic approach according to what the client wants to work on, integrating different approaches as appropriate.

Professional Registration

Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Registration Number: PYL35334.

Taking the next steps

I appreciate that looking for a therapist can feel a bit overwhelming and confusing. I hope the information above will help to answer some of your questions but if you would like to know more, please contact me via email, and we can find a time for a free initial 30min call to discuss how we might work together. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Internal Family Systems, Level 1, Internal Family Systems Institute, 84hrs, completing September 2022. 
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma Themes, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, 96hrs, completing May 2022.
  • Traumatic Attachment (shortened course title), Dr Janina Fisher, NScience, 10hrs, 2022. 
  • Unleash your EMDR: The Basics of Advanced, Attachment-Informed, Integrative EMDR (shortened course title), EMDR Focus, 16hrs, 2022. 
  • EMDR Europe Standard Accredited Training, parts 1-4, EMDR Academy, 2021-2022
  • The Integrated Trauma Therapist: Treating Complex Trauma and PTSD (shortened course title), PESI, 16.5hrs, 2021-2022.
  • Expert Strategies for Working with Anxiety, National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine (NICaBM) 4 hours, 2021
  • Working with the Pain of Abandonment, NICaBM, 4.25 hours, 2021.
  • The Advanced Master Program on the Treatment of Trauma, NICaBM, 12 hours, 2020.
  • Me, Myself and I: working with narcissism and its pathological manifestations, 1 day, Confer, 2020.
  • Reflective Functioning Training on the Adult Attachment Interview, Anna Freud Centre, 3 days, 2020
  • Mentalization-Based Treatment: Basic Training, 3 days, Anna Freud Centre, 2019.
  • A Compassionate Approach to Recovering from Shame-Based Trauma and PTSD, 3-days, Compassionate Mind Foundation, 2019.
  • Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy, 2 days, Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy, 2019.
  • Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, City, University of London, 2013-2017.
  • Psychology, MSc, University of East London, 2009-2010.
  • Philosophy and Politics, BA, University of Leeds, 2005-2008. 

Member organisations

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Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.


£120.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • WPA

Additional information

  • £120 per 50min therapy session. 
  • £180 per 80min assessment / 80min therapy session. 

When I work

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Daytime, Evenings and Weekends

Colchester, CO1

Type of session

In person

Types of client


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Dr Jack Closs

Dr Jack Closs