Roselyn Abbott

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Grasmere, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9TD
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I work both in person and online (mainly via Zoom). I also provide therapy via mobile phone. I provide psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, with a background of over 25 years experience in counselling agencies, and as a psychotherapist working within the NHS and private practice. With a free initial meeting for all enquirers, I offer affordable, confidential therapy to individuals, couples, families and parents with infants. I work both briefly and long-term, and I am comprehensively trained to attune closely to your needs as the client.

Further information about my psychotherapy practice can be found at:

About Psychotherapy

Our experience of life, especially through childhood, can affect how we think, feel and relate, both towards ourselves and others.

Some of the impact of life experience can be straight forward to manage. More subtle personal consequences, of which we are less aware, can also occur. We go along with life and then find ourselves feeling and behaving in ways which we don’t like and don’t understand, but which we feel unable to change.

How can psychotherapy help? Speaking regularly with a trained psychotherapist can help us understand ourselves. This develops our self-awareness so that we can come to comprehend:
  • who we are as individuals,
  • what our life experiences and our relationships mean to us, and
  • the ways in which our particular experiences may be affecting us.

Sometimes personal and relational problems arise through unconscious responses to unexpected life events (such as a bereavement, a health problem or redundancy). A brief talking therapy can help us come to terms with change and loss. With time, we can learn to adjust to new circumstances, bringing a renewed sense of vigour and interest in life.
Other issues can be more deep rooted and related to the make-up of personality. Some individual characteristics and ways of reacting to life develop through early experiences of relationship in the family, and then become established through patterns of relating with others (e.g. at school). It is not surprising that relating regularly with a therapist over a period of time can be an effective means of exploring and treating these issues.

What Happens In Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy provides a nurturing environment, involving an on-going conversation with a trained practitioner. This aims to help make sense of troubling issues, bringing significant personal development and an increased sense of meaning. Psychotherapy is something we take an active working part in, rather other kinds of help and support which are prescribed or given.

Important ways to access therapeutic help come from:

  • the ongoing regular commitment of meeting together as client and therapist,
  • talking with and listening to one another, to establish and maintain the therapeutic relationship,
  • speaking about personal experiences and difficulties,
  • exploring and coming to understand personal experiences, with the help of the therapist.

Over time, we can begin to reflect on and recover from difficult life experiences. In this way, a talking therapy provides an opportunity to see ourselves from other perspectives. Gradually, in day-to-day life and within therapy, old patterns of relating can be given up and new ones can be developed.

What Sort of Problems Can Psychotherapy Help?
You may be seeking help in a number of areas, including:

  • Depression
  • Generalised anxiety and phobias
  • Relationship problems - personal, family, social and at work.
  • Reassessing your life and work situation.
  • Couple therapy, sexual difficulties.
  • Parent-infant relationships.
  • Coming to terms with getting older.
  • Personal development - finding a better understanding of yourself and your emotions, behaviour and attitudes.
  • A life-crisis or previous trauma.
  • Mental health problems, including long term depression, anxiety, eating disorders, anger management and bi-polar disorder.
  • Problems with addictive behaviour, including self-harm.
  • Pregnancy and post-natal depression. Difficulty conceiving. Terminations.
  • Women's issues, including the menopause.
  • Bereavement.
  • Spiritual issues.
  • Personal therapy during counselling or psychotherapy training.

What Happens Next?
When you contact me, I would usually arrange an initial business meeting within a week or so. There is no fee for this meeting. This 50 minute session provides an opportunity to explore whether and how we might work together. This session also offers an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about therapy.

Arrangements such as availability, regular appointment times, affordable fees, frequency of sessions, payment arrangements, and similar issues can be discussed at this point, but are usually best left until after the first couple of sessions when we will more of a sense of your needs. The first few sessions provide an opportunity for you to speak about what has been troubling you, both recently and in the past, and to discuss what type of psychotherapy might be most useful for you.

If we decide together that talking therapy seems to be a suitable option, subsequent sessions can be arranged.

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Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Experience
I have over 25 years experience in the counselling and psychotherapy sector, with extensive training and professional practice within the NHS, private practice and counselling agencies.

Alongside my usual work as a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor, I also have a specialised training in Parent-Infant Psychotherapy and also Mentalization Based Therapy (MBT). MBT is an evidence-based talking therapy suitable for people with depression, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, and personality disorders.

Professional Registration

  • Registered as a Jungian Analyst with the British Psychoanalytic Council
  • Registered as a psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy
  • Registered as a psychotherapist and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Registered Practitioner in Mentalization Based Treatment (MBT) with the British Psychoanalytic Council
  • Member of the Group-Analytic Society International
  • Registered Member of the British Association for Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Supervision

Codes of Ethics and Practice
I adhere to the code of ethics and practice of the above organizations, hold full professional indemnity insurance and attend regular supervision. I am actively involved in professional development and continuously update my qualifications.

Current Employment
Currently I work full-time in private practice, with extensive experience in providing once-weekly or twice-weekly psychotherapy, and also Jungian analysis.  I also regularly offer online therapy via Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp and via mobile phone.

Qualifications & Training
My original counselling training was in 1992, leading to my accreditation as a counsellor in 1996. Since then I have regularly updated my training through continuing professional development, supervision and extensive experience with a wide range of clients.

My most recent qualifications in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis include:

Society of Analytical Psychology Qualification in Adult Jungian Analysis
Mentalization Based Therapy (advanced training for Borderline Personality Disorder)
Infant Observation & training in Parent-Infant Psychotherapy
MA Group and Intercultural Therapy
Postgraduate Diploma Group-Analytic Psychotherapy

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

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)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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 Psychoanalytic Council
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.

British Psychoanalytic Council
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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I specialize in offering talking therapy in the following areas:

  • Depression, anxiety & loneliness
  • Relationship problems, sexual & internet addiction
  • Couple and family therapy, particularly intercultural relationships
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Personality disorder
  • Perinatal mental health and the parent-infant relationship (parents with babies under one year)

My training in mentalization based therapy and my NHS experience means I can provide a specifically tailored therapy for depression, relationship issues and borderline personality disorder.
I am registered as an accredited practitioner of Mentalization Based treatment with the British Psychoanalytic Council. For further information, please see:


£80.00 - £119.96
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

There is no fee for our initial meeting.
We would usually discuss and agree fees during the first few sessions, taking into account your circumstances and your appointment time. Fees range between £80-£120. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday-Wednesday mornings.

Further information

My consulting room is located in Grasmere, in the heart of the Lake District. My practice is a few minutes from the nearest bus stop and there is parking onsite. There is also ample parking nearby on the edge of Grasmere village.

My consulting room is on the first floor, with dedicated bathroom facilities.  Access to the consulting room is not suitable for wheelchairs.

Further information about my practice can be found through the following links:

You can contact me directly as follows:

The Shiel, Lake View Country House, Lake View Drive, Grasmere, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9TD

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

No hearing loop. LA22 - two steps up through front door. First floor consulting room. First floor toilet. Free parking.

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In person

I have been working as a supervisor since 1996, and offer a free initial meeting to all enquirers. I work in person, online and via mobile phone.

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Roselyn Abbott
Roselyn Abbott