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Madeleine Heffernan

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2

About me

I offer a confidential, non-judgemental online space (via Zoom) for sensitive, compassionate exploration of problems, within a relationship built on trust. 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 a 9 week intensive structured course based on CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy) which combines 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. This seeks to address one or two specific goals in a targeted way.

I offer psychodynamic therapy, which 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
  • Samaritans Training
  • Courses in online counselling, GDPR and Compassion Focused Therapy
  • I am a member of the BACP

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Psychodynamic therapy


My current fees are £40 per 50 minute session before 6pm and £50 per session from 6pm.

Further information

For further information, please refer to my website https://locusofsolace.com/

10th July 2020

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27th July 2020

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Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wednesdays and Thursdays

Types of client



Madeleine Heffernan

Madeleine Heffernan