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About me

I offer a sensitive, caring place to off-load, be heard and feel less overwhelmed, an opportunity to explore how past experiences have affected you in the here and now, somewhere to sort out thoughts objectively, experience emotions with support, address behaviours which feel unhelpful and move towards a more positive take on life. It's a special form of relationship, which encourages healthier, self-caring ways of being through the empathy and compassion of the counsellor. 

My approach to therapy is based on a belief that well-being relies on an honest, compassionate and accepting understanding of ourselves. I believe that counselling is a cooperative, empathetic endeavour in which the counsellor and client look together at patterns of thoughts, emotions and behaviours over the lifespan in depth, in order to identify the roots of problems and find new ways forward.

I offer therapy which is tailored to the individual's needs, drawing on a range of theories and techniques, as appropriate to the person and nature of the problems.

I'm a professionally qualified Psychodynamic and CBT counsellor, with a background in psychology, sciences and nursing. I offer a confidential, non-judgemental online space (via Zoom or phone) for sensitive exploration of problems, within a relationship built on trust. 

CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy) combine the observation and exploration of unhelpful emotions, thoughts and behaviours with techniques and practices aimed at encouraging more beneficial responses to stresses. Success relies on pro-active participation during sessions and practice outside sessions. (I do not offer 'pure CBT', which requires filling in forms and numerical ratings).

Psychodynamic therapy is neither time-limited nor firmly structured, and focuses on the effects of relationships and events over the lifespan in depth, in order to identify the roots of current problems. The therapy is centred around emotions, relationships and a sense of self. This seeks to explore personal problems with a wider and deeper focus, allowing free-flowing self-expression, with time to reflect on the self.

Adult counselling for stress, anxiety, obsessions, compulsions, trauma, healing from emotional abuse, relationship problems, family problems, relationship breakup, bereavement, management of emotional problems, anger, depression, enhancement of sense of self and sense of well-being.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BSc. (Hons) Psychology
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – The Institute of Counselling and University of West Scotland
  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling – The Counselling Foundation
  • Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling - The Counselling Foundation
  • Samaritans Training
  • Courses in online counselling, GDPR and Compassion Focused Therapy, Trauma and Polyvagal theory
  • I am a registered member of the BACP

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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From £45.00 to £60.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

My current fees are:

50 minute sessions Mondays to Thursdays starting at 08.00 - up to a start at 17.00 -  £45.00

Mondays and Wednesdays at 20.00 £60.00

If affording weekly therapy is difficult, I also offer a scheme of 4 consecutive sessions, followed by ongoing fortnightly sessions - please enquire.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Further information

For further information, please refer to my website

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Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Madeleine Heffernan

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