Justin Havens FdA BA MBACP(accred) - Therapy for Change (EMDR)

Justin Havens FdA BA MBACP(accred) - Therapy for Change (EMDR)

The Regency Clinic
147 Hales Road
GL52 6TD

07976 724181

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About me

Psychological trauma is at the root of many mental health conditions such as anxiety & depression.  Sometimes people are aware of specific events that may have caused the problem, but many others are unaware of how events in their life can affect psychological wellbeing.

I am a psychological therapist accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK and Ireland EMDR Association.  I offer a confidential service based in Cheltenham using the most effective trauma treatments such as EMDR and CBT, leading to significant and long lasting change.  After a career firstly in the military and then in commerce, I have retrained in a field where the sole aim is to relieve psychological distress in others.

This distress can take many forms, and usually manifests itself as stress, depression or anxiety and problem behaviours such as addictions, compulsions or relationship and sleep issues. Identifying, understanding and treating the root causes of these symptoms can lead to personal change that is transformational and long lasting.

I work as an integrative therapist, which means that I draw on approaches from a number of traditions (psychodynamic, person centred, CBT), including a powerful and evidence based therapy called Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). This is an internationally approved treatment for all kinds of psychological trauma arising from accidents, assaults, natural disasters and bereavements, to the traumas that may be experienced in childhood. It also doesn't have to be a major trauma - for example, there are many adverse life events that can lead to deep seated anxiety and depression, which can be treated using the same approaches. I have a special interest in treating veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) arising from military service.

I work in an empathic and non-judgemental way with my clients, in order to facilitate a process of healing and change. I also believe in empowering my clients by describing in clear terms what they are experiencing and what the process of change involves. The BACP ethical framework underpins my therapy practice which maintains a strong focus on client safety and confidentiality, and always acting in the client's best interests.

If you would like to discuss whether I can help you, please contact me for an initial consultation.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Accredited by the UK and Ireland EMDR Association
  • Foundation degree in Therapeutic Counselling - awarded Distinction
  • BA (Hons) degree in Integrative Counselling - awarded 1st Class Honours
  • Trained in EMDR Part 1-3 and 2 years experience working in NHS providing trauma treatment
  • Member UK Psychological Trauma Society
  • Experience working within the NHS 2gether Mental Health Trust,  a charitable counselling agency and in private practice.
  • Chair of the EMDR Near West Regional Group
  • Organise professional trainings to teach the latest and most effective therapy techniques
  • Media panel member for BACP and other organisations

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

EMDR UK & Ireland

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Quick resolution of nightmares and other sleep issues - please contact me to discuss this exciting approach which I am currently researching for use with combat veterans. 

Nightmares can be very frightening and have a significant impact on sleep quality and overall functioning. They can also be repetitive and linked to traumatic or adverse life events from the past. The good news is that there is a very effective technique that you can learn that will permanently stop your old nightmares, and provide you with the tools to deal with any future ones. This skill can be taught in a single 50 minute session, and you can then implement the idea immediately to stop your nightmares.


I currently charge £70 per 55 minute session.  I do offer a limited number of concessionary rates.  At the first session we will explore your needs and how I will be able to help you, and to ensure that you are comfortable working with me.

A great deal can be accomplished in relatively few sessions and I will be able to give an indication at the first session how many sessions I think may be required.  I see most clients for 4-6 sessions.  My aim is for you to complete the work in the fewest sessions possible, and for significant change to occur in your life, rather than to keep you in therapy for an indefinite period.

Further information

Anonymous quotes from former clients:

“I immediately felt at ease having met Justin, and he provided a safe and non-judgmental environment in which I felt comfortable to talk.  I am completely amazed at how few sessions I needed to feel lighter and much happier, having had years of regular talking therapy.  I am hugely grateful”  (7 sessions Sept 2017)

“This is my first experience of EMDR after 20 years of therapy – I am amazed at the changes to my everyday life” (13 sessions Feb 2017)

“The speed of the process and the immediate effect has given me an instant difference in outlook” Anon client with anxiety who had previously had 8 years of counselling (11 sessions June 2016)

“Made me feel normal again.” Client who had suffered PTSD (6 Sessions May 2016)

“The process and the outcomes have far exceeded my expectations.” (4 Sessions April 2016)

“Feeling more positive and happier.” (5 Sessions April 2016)

“I don’t think I realised how much my thoughts and memories were affecting me and my ability to sleep.  After EMDR, I am now sleeping better, feel calmer about the negative experiences of the last few months, and have some strategies to help me think more positively about the future.”  (4 Sessions Feb 2016)

“Having been terribly sceptical about the whole counselling process, I was amazed and pleasantly surprised at how fulfilling the EMDR treatment was.  The process, although initially alien to me, felt logical and intuitive once Justin had explained it.  Once I had my first EMDR session, I was stunned! Justin’s pragmatic approach was perfect for me.” (8 Sessions Nov 2015)

“I was really worried about my first counselling session with Justin, even at the door I wanted to turn around and leave. On meeting Justin I knew that I didn’t have anything to worry about, he was non-judgmental and very understanding.  I found the EMDR therapy worked well for me, often transforming situations so the negative went to the background and the positive things came to the foreground.  After several sessions I found that my circumstances changed and life was again enjoyable. I was even able to cope with stressful circumstances which I couldn’t have coped with in previous months.”

“EMDR has helped me gain confidence and I now no longer feel like an ‘imposter’ at work.  The fear has gone from past memories, and the whole process has been awesome.  I wish I could persuade other people who are suffering, like I was, to take the plunge.”

“I was introduced to EMDR which at the time did not seem to be remotely connected with what I thought I needed. However, the results were quite astonishing. My thought processes are now much more targeted and clear, being able to dismiss damaging urges at will is a tremendous relief – a freedom I have not had for a long time.” A (former) compulsive gambler.

“I started seeing Justin to undertake EMDR therapy due to past anxieties and traumas.  Admittedly, I was nervous for the first visit, though upon meeting Justin this began to dissipate pretty quickly and I felt secure and comfortable.  A lot of my issues were related to my family and past and by working through the EMDR therapy, I have managed to reconnect not only with my family, but myself also.  My confidence has increased and for the first time I am beginning to feel secure in my own skin.  I had many issues in social environments and settings, with my anxieties had completely taking control of me.  By working with Justin, I have been able to take back that control and it has completely changed my life!   The world does not seem such a daunting and scary place anymore, I can make new friends, re-connect with the old and just begin to enjoy life.  My constant anxieties have been reduced or eradicated and are now completely manageable, something I cannot quite believe.  I really am eternally grateful.  Thank you.”

Maps & Directions

Cheltenham, GL52 6TD

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Flexible times available daytime and evening 1 mile from Cheltenham Town Centre with off-road parking.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme