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MSc Psychotherapy. Ad Dip Psychotherapy. UKCP Registered.
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 complex 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 interests in trauma in adults (childhood, relational, abuse, bereavement) ADHD and appearance-related distress.

Getting started:

Once you refer yourself to my service, I conduct a brief initial telephone contact which is an opportunity for you to let me know what brings you to therapy,  your main concerns and some background information on yourself.  I also discuss how I work and if we are a good fit.  If you would like to progress, the purpose of the first session is to fully 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 room is just outside Henley in Arden (minutes off the M42, M6, M5) as well as therapy by Zoom for local, national and internationally based clients.  Parking available for office location.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • UKCP Registered Psychotherapist
  • Registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy 
  • Advance Diploma in Psychotherapy – Regent’s University
  • MSc Psychological Counselling and Psychotherapy – University of Surrey
  • 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

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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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.


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

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

I conduct a brief initial telephone contact which is an opportunity for you to let me know what brings you to therapy,  your main concerns and some background information on yourself.  I also discuss how I work and if we are a good fit.  If you would like to progress,  in the first appointment 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?

My fee is £70 for each 50 minute session. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I can offer some evening and weekend appointments.

Further information

Clients have said:

“Pippa is safe, gentle yet direct". 

“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.”

"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.

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

Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, B95

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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