Cassandra Manning

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EMDR Consultant in Training & Arts Psychotherapist, MA, MSc
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Ely CB7 & Cambridge CB5
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About me

Currently open for assessment and waitlist. (I Invite you to scroll down and review my training, qualifications and fees before making an enquiry).

Hello there, I'm Sandra.  I'm known by colleagues to be an open-minded, down-to-earth person who aims to build compassionate, supportive relationships with my clients. My approach is collaborative, working alongside each individual.

I’m a trauma-informed practitioner trained in a range of different but complementary theories including Object Relations, Attachment, Client-Centred approaches, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, memory reconsolidation techniques, Internal Family Systems, Music & Imagery and Arts Psychotherapy. I have been integrating Eye Movement, Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) into my practice since 2017 and am an EMDR Consultant in Training. My offering can include the use of active imagination and creative exploration using expressive arts and music, where this is appropriate to the therapeutic task.

Most of my 1:1 work is remote, and I am trained and certified to deliver therapy online with the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO). My professional registrations are with the U.K. Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) for adults, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for adults and adolescents, and I am accredited to work with adults with EMDR Europe.

In order to keep abreast of the latest industry innovations and offer good value, I regularly participate in professional development (please scroll down to see a complete list of my core trainings and professinal development). I am currently completing my Certificate in Traumatic Stress with the Trauma Research Foundation (Bessel van der Kolk et al.), and am engaged in Augmented Psychothreapy Training with the MIND Foundation in Berlin.


I offer short-term EMDR for single incident trauma, mid-term EMDR for multiple trauma, and long-term Integrative EMDR Psychotherapy for chronic traumatic stress and cPTSD. In the case of a single, discrete traumatic event (e.g. car accident, house fire, a traumatic birthing experience), EMDR can be delivered in as little as 6-8 sessions from assessment. In terms of chronic (early) traumatic stress and cPTSD, Integrative EMDR Psychotherapy is a longer course of therapy which can be transformative.

I also offer Integrative Arts Psychotherapy and Supportive Music and Imagery - a short-term resourcing psychotherapy which is part of the Guided Imagery and Music Continuum (Helen Bonny/Lisa Summer).

If you would like to know more about memory reconsolidation and EMDR, a NICE, ISTSS and WHO approved trauma treatment, follow the links here:

Introduction to EMDR - School of Life (5 mins)

Bruce Ecker video: memory reconsolidation which explains the reprocessing phase of EMDR (20 mins):

Dr Debbie Korn, EMDR with clients who have complex pasts, viewing advised if this resonates with you (40 mins):

International Society for Trauma Stress Studies Recommends EMDR

EMDR UK & Ireland

National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE: NG116) see Section 1.6.18 (Adults) and 1.6.13 (Adolescents)

Francine Shapiro’s Paper on EMDR and Adverse Life Experiences:

American Psychological Organisation on EMDR:

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (London Metropolitan University; 2014)
  • MSc Adolescent Psychotherapy (University of Northampton; 2020)
  • Dip. Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education 2014)
  • EMDR Training & Accreditation (EMDR Europe Accred.; 2019)
  • EMDR Child & Adolescent Part 1 (EMDR Europe Accred. Training; 2018)
  • Attachment Focused EMDR (Parnell Institute; 2019)
  • Advanced Flash Technique (Phil Manfield; 2020)
  • Cert. Online Therapy (Academy for Online Therapy; 2020)
  • EMDR Group Protocol Training, RTEP & GTEP (Kinga Komarzynska & Shiraz Farrand; 2021)
  • Level 2 CATT (Child) Accelerated Trauma Treatment (Trauma Psychology;  2013 & 2022)
  • Internal Family Systems Informed EMDR (Syzygy Institute; 2022)
  • Internal Family Systems (Level 1 Trained; 2023)
  • Supportive Music & Imagery (Inst. Integrative GIM; 2023)
  • UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) #2011165162 (2015)
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) #AS1511 (2014)
  • EMDR UK Member #M0468
  • EMDR Europe Accredited (2019)
  • ACTO Registered Online Professional Level 2 (2020)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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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.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have worked with clients experiencing difficulty with anger; self-criticism; low self-esteem and confidence issues; depression and anxiety; self-harm; bereavement, grief and loss; loss of emotion and overwhelming emotion; separation and divorce; relationship issues; sexual and emotional abuse and rape; trauma; dissociation, hyper-vigilance and PTSD; the effects of bullying; difficulties with identity; gender dysphoria and transgender identity; experiences of guilt and shame; suicidal thoughts and fantasies of death; existential issues and major life changes.


£95.00 - £120.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health

Additional information

Private Clients please note, sessions which begin before 9am, or at 5pm or after, carry an additional £10 charge.

EMDR Standard Protocol; Attachment-Focused EMDR; IFS-Informed EMDR; Flash Technique: Online £110 for 60 mins. In-Person £120 for 60 mins.

Integrative Arts Psychotherapy & Talking Therapy, Adolescent and Adult: Online fees: £95 for 50 mins; £110 for 60 mins. In-Person fees: £105 for 50 mins; £120 for 60 mins. 

From January 2024: Supportive Music & Imagery (time limited resource work, 7 - 8 sessions) N.B. online only: £110 for 60 mins.  Assessment (session 1) and final review session: £160 for 90 mins. 

N. B. Health care providers and agencies: I charge an augmented hourly fee inclusive of administration and report writing. Please contact me for further information

When I work

Working hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 9am - 7pm.  When contacting me outside of these days and hours, please anticipate a delay in my response. 

Further information

Creative Process in Therapy

Using the arts as part of therapy isn't to do with being an artist; much of my work is with people who have little or no experience of using the arts in their adult life.

The arts work with a part of us which can be under-used or forgotten as we grow into adulthood, but can be of great value when words don't seem enough to convey the depth of our experiences. They can be used to express and contain emotions safely, create distance and objectivity, and provide a bridge between feeling and thought. In this way, the use of the arts can help us to move beyond our difficulties.

The arts can be used at any time of life and in my practice I have used the arts with young people and adults of all ages. In session the integration of arts with talking therapy is very important; the ratio will be something like 60/70% talking to 30/40% arts (this varies according to each individual and from session to session).

I use a wide range of materials in my practice, including postcards, paper, pencils, clay, charcoals, pastels, paint, natural and man made objects and sand tray.

Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB5

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

Key details

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Please ask about accessibility. Ground floor practice room in Ely.

Additional languages

No other fluent languages

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Cassandra Manning
Cassandra Manning