Martin Loughna

Psychotherapist - Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA-P)
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S2
07989 540 736 07989 540 736

About me

Making the decision to approach a talking therapy/counselling service is a huge step and knowing which therapist to choose can be overwhelming. Rest assured that if you choose Yorkshire Counselling & Therapy, I will quickly put you at ease as to what the process will entail. The essence of my approach is to work collaboratively with you to help address your problems. Clients report how empowered they feel by the way I work.

It might be that you are finding it increasingly difficult to cope with low mood, anxiety, relationship issues or other emotional/psychological problems. Alternatively, you may be having physical symptoms which have no clear cause but just won't go away. Regardless, I can help you resolve these issues as well as help you find a more positive and healthy way of being.

Couples/Relationship Therapy

Couple therapy can feel daunting, not least because there are often differing expectations and anxieties about the process. As a first step, my role is to help demystify therapy and create a confidential space to develop some common ground; thus ensuring both of you feel heard. I typically find it only takes one or two sessions to feel more at ease.

The range of difficulties which couples bring is vast, but typical examples include:

  • Adapting to changes in life circumstances.
  • Communication difficulties resulting in frequent arguments and/or ‘drifting apart’.
  • Struggling with sexual and/or gender identity.
  • Impact of cultural differences such as the differing expectations of the relationship.
  • A breakdown in trust.
  • Effects of an unhealthy behaviour pattern such as an addiction.

Regardless of whether you want to work to improve your relationship or part on amicable terms, therapy can help.  Being trained to an advanced level in Transactional Analysis, with substantial experience, I can help you with the following:

  • Understand the origins of your difficulties
  • Provide tools and techniques to empower you to reach your goals and/or
  • Facilitate a process to enable change.

I see couples on a weekly or fortnightly basis, depending on your availability. In the latter case sessions can be longer than the normal 50mins, if desired. As a first step, I offer a free telephone discussion to help you get a sense of me and decide whether therapy and, in particular, my approach is for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified as a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA-P). This is a Level 7 qualification achieved after submitting and passing a 24K word case study and mental health placement report followed up by an oral exam assessed by 4 independent board members. Success was dependent on a robust commitment to ongoing professional development following on from the successful completion of a 4-year Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. Thoughout this period I have gained a broad experience through the diverse range of clients I have worked with; some of which has come from GP referrals. In keeping with best practice, I have a supervisor (PTSTA).

Until recently I was course leader and lectured in counselling which, combined with extensive experience of working in the NHS and local authority, serves to enrich the service I can offer to clients. At a more personal level, I have for many years held passionate interest in the wider factors contributing to health and well-being. In essence, all this means I am adept at working holistically.

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Whilst I work with men, women and couples, all regardless of sexuality, culture, race, ethnicity and religious background I also have particular areas of interest as follows:

  • Relationship difficulties whether they be as a couple or the wider family.
  • People with addictions.
  • People with anger management issues.
  • Helping people overcome anxiety, depression and/or lack of motivation.
  • People with long term conditions.
  • People struggling with aspects of identity.


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • BUPA
  • HealthAssured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

I offer a free initial telephone consultation service.

For individual clients in employment the base rate charge per 50 minute session is £50.

I also offer a limited number of concessionary/reduced cost places dependent upon income. Please contact me for more information.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

8am to 8pm during weekdays.

Further information

Sheffield (south):

I use a room in my house which is in the S2 area (Heeley and Meersbrook) of south Sheffield. The space is comfortable and quiet with a positive therapeutic feel to it.

My location in Sheffield is 10 mins walk from the A61 and very close to a number of bus routes (18, 10, 10a, 56, 252, 721). The tram is about 20 mins walk away. For further information on public transport to south Sheffield see to plan your journey

South Yorkshire

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Martin Loughna

Martin Loughna