Kerry Hodgkinson, MSc, UKCP Accredited, EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner
I am a qualified Psychotherapist, Counsellor and EMDR Therapy Practitioner, registered with the UKCP and the EMDR Association. I offer therapy tailored to the individual’s need and support people aged 18 and above.
I have experience of working with many issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, sleep problems, pain, ocd and phobias. For several years I worked in a busy Rehabilitation Centre working with Firefighters and their families aswell as Prison Officers and Ambulance Personnel. Through this work, I fully appreciate the impact of injury, long term health conditions, pain, physical and psychological trauma.
I am an Integrative Therapist which means I draw on several modalities of therapy, those being Transactional Analysis, EMDR and Solution Focussed Therapy, and I also integrate Mindfulness and CBT techniques. Creative interventions may also be introduced if appropriate. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach in therapy, and so being able to draw on a range of therapeutic approaches enables me to tailor the therapy to your needs.
Mental health issues can have an impact on our daily lives affecting our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Daily worries can develop into longer term problems and seeking professional support can help you move through and beyond these.
I work in a non-judgemental and supportive way, giving you the protected space to explore your feelings and emotions and identify areas of change and goals. We work together aiming to achieve these, whilst I facilitate you in understanding thoughts and feelings.
One area which I am passionate about is the connection between mind and body and how they are intrinsically linked. Physical injury or a health condition can impact your mental health and mental health issues can manifest in physical issues if not addressed. So I work holistically exploring both mind and body.
As one of the only accredited EMDR Practitioners in Cumbria, I am eager to share the effectiveness of this therapy. I have helped clients work through trauma and to regain stability and peace using EMDR. The satisfaction and joy of seeing clients being relieved of intrusive memories, flashbacks, and distressing thoughts is something I will never tire of!
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) is a psychotherapy which has been proven to be effective in treating trauma and is recommended by the UK’s National Institute of Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
When we experience traumatic events, we can relive the distressing thoughts and feelings involved and can feel stuck or helpless.
EMDR aims to help ‘process’ these memories and reduce the impact. We can’t change what has happened but we can change how we react to those incidents.
EMDR is very effective for the following:
• Childhood abuse/neglect
• Road traffic accidents
• Surgical trauma
• War related experiences
• Work related experiences
• Stress, depression, anxiety
• Obsessive, compulsive disorder
• Performance anxiety
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc In Integrative Psychotherapy
Accredited Practitioner in Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy
Diploma in Psychotherapy
Postgrad Diploma in Psychotherapy
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
As part of the requirements of my Professional Bodies (UKCP, EMDR Association) I undertake regular clinical supervision and Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
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.
EMDR Association UK
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Please note in the current situation, I am offering online and telephone counselling only. Please contact me for details.
Normally, sessions are held in my therapy room in Queen Street Offices, Penrith.
I also work with James Pittam Health & Fitness (www.jamespittam.com)
Sessions are 1 hour in duration
(EMDR sessions may be longer by arrangement)
Please contact me for information on fees
For Insurance, Occupational Health & EAP referrals, please contact me for information on fees.
Concessions offered for
To arrange a free consultation, or book a therapy session, please contact me on 07761 621874 or by email - firstname.lastname@example.org
I also offer training sessions and workshops on the following topics:
Sleep - issues and how to improve sleep
Mind Body Synergy
Mental Health Resilience