Pippa Donovan

Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, B95

About me

With over 20 years’ experience of working with young people and adults with a variety of issues including: anxiety, depression, complex trauma, relationships and low self -esteem/body confidence.  I provide a safe and confidential space where we can make sense of life issues that can feel difficult to negotiate.  Together, we will work to gain a greater understanding of your current situation.  The insights, support and strategies offered will allow you see life with a new perspective, enabling you to make choices and changes to move forward.

Often individuals come to me after exhausting other avenues of support that have not met their needs, or as one person put it,  "I found Pippa by accident – recommended by a friend of a friend – when I was looking for someone to support me with a relational trauma, and I am so glad I did"

I can support you if you are experiencing:

  • Persistent depressed/low mood/feeling life is bleak
  • Anxiety
  • Self-esteem and confidence issues including shame
  • Sleep disorders
  • Loss of life direction or loss of connection from your life goals and your values
  • Relationship issues (family, friends, partner, colleagues)
  • Complex grief
  • Acute and long term health issues
  • Trauma (past and present)
  • Appearance related distress (including burns, scarring, skin conditions, body image)
  • Childhood experiences that continue to cause difficulties in day to day life now or just a need to simply talk them through in a safe environment.


I have a particular interest in: complex trauma in adults (childhood, relational, bereavement) and appearance-related distress.

Getting started:

Once you refer yourself to my service, I will do an initial consultation which is at a reduced fee. The purpose is to discuss the nature of your concerns, develop a psychological formulation with you and see if we can work together.  A recommendation will be made on the length of therapy best suited to the nature of your concerns.  This could be short-term (10-16 sessions), long-term (1 year or more), open-ended (ongoing with in-built reviews).

My consulting rooms in Henley in Arden (just minutes off the M42, M6, M5) as well as distance therapy by phone and Skype for both local, national and internationally based clients.  Parking available for office location.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP) Registration number: 00960981.
  • Advance Diploma in Psychotherapy (ongoing) – Regent’s University
  • MSc Psychological Counselling and Psychotherapy – University of Surrey
  • Diploma in Education (Counselling) – University of Birmingham
  • Enhanced DBS clearance and professional indemnity insurance.
  • Member of APPG working groups to campaign for better Mental Health Services.

Over 20 years’ clinical experience in developing psychosocial services in organisations and also working in private practice.  In particular specialising in setting up services for organisational counselling, complex trauma and visible difference.

Experienced influencer and commentator on mental health issues.

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.


Additional information

The initial appointment is used to share your concerns and reasons for seeking counselling as well as finding out about my approach and recommendations. Within the initial consultation, we will fully discuss your needs and whether time-limited therapy or longer-term therapy will be helpful.  Therapy sessions are 50 minutes long and we can agree the length and frequency of the contact.

How much does it cost?

Initial assessment is £50.  If we continue to work together the average fee is £65 depending on length and type of therapy. For self-funding students, job seekers and individuals on a low income, I offer a reduced fee. This can be discussed in the initial consultation.


I can offer evening and weekend appointments.

Further information

Clients have said:

“I no longer wake up with that knot of anxiety in my stomach, I can now look forward to facing the day feeling positive.”

“After my accident,  I found it difficult to go out and engage with people. Working with Pippa has changed my approach to life, and therefore my life.”

"I found Pippa by accident – recommended by a friend of a friend – when I was looking for someone to support me with a relational trauma, and I am so glad I did"

"Pippa engages deeply with each individual in a dynamic and real way.  Her approach is a perfect mix of tough yet tender,  authoritative yet questioning, challenging but without being confrontational. She is one of those people who make you see yourself, and the world around you a little differently,  enabling lasting change.

“A health issue,  which impacted on my work prompted me to seek help, but I also wanted to deal with incidents way back in my childhood, that I could no longer ignore. Taking the time out has been invaluable and resulted in me making positive changes in my private and working life.”


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

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Pippa Donovan

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