Cassandra Manning Arts Psychotherapist & EMDR Practitioner UKCP, HCPC, EMDR Eur.
Hello, my name is Cassandra.
I'm known by colleagues to be an open-minded, down-to-earth person who aims to build strong and supportive relationships with my clients. My approach is collaborative, working alongside each individual.
I'm an accredited psychotherapist trained in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy, Adolescent and Young Adult Psychotherapy, Eye Movement, Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Attachment Focused EMDR and "Flash" Technique (Philip Manfield). I'm accredited to work with adults and adolescents through the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and with Adults through the U.K. Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and EMDR Europe. As part of my continuous professional development I am undertaking an MSc in Adolescent Psychotherapy (11-25yrs), through the University of Northampton.
I have 8 years of experience in training, private practice and the NHS working with adolescents, adults and older people. As part of my current private practice I work with members of the emergency services, delivering EMDR to staff who have developed PTSD in the line of duty. I am also a Director of Cambridge Counselling Service.
My training includes a range of differing and complementary theoretical viewpoints including Object Relations, Attachment Theory, Person Centred Counselling, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and EMDR. My modality incorporates creative exploration and use of arts media, where appropriate. This flexible, integrated approach allows me to tailor therapeutic ideas according to the needs of each individual.
I offer mid to long term arts and talking therapy of 4-6 months to 1 year, or longer. EMDR can sometimes be delivered in 6-8 sessions from assessment, in the case of one individual traumatic event (e.g. RTA or assault). In terms of more complex trauma and Complex PTSD, EMDR is extremely useful when integrated into a longer term course of therapeutic work. In my clinical experience, EMDR and Arts Psychotherapy work well together as an integrated modality.
If you would like to know more about EMDR, a NICE and World Health Organisation (WHO) approved trauma treatment you can follow the links here:
International Society for Trauma Stress Studies
EMDR UK & Ireland
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)
(see Section 16)
World Health Orgaizaation
For more information about using creative process in therapy please see 'Any Further Information' below.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (London Metropolitan University)
- Dip. Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education)
- EMDR (EMDR Academy)
- Attachment Focused EMDR Training (Laurel Parnell)
- EMDR Child & Adolescent Training (Part 1, EMDR Europe Accredited Training)
- PG Dip. Adolescent Psychotherapy (University of Northampton)
- Cert. Therapeutic Counselling with Adolescents (Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education)
- Level 2 CATT (Child) Accelerated Trauma Training (Luna at IATE)
- UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Accred. No. 2011165162
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Accred. No. AS 15116
- Accredited by EMDR Europe
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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.
I have a special interest in working with people moving through transition, including older adolescents and young adults (15-25).
Integrative Arts Psychotherapy and talking therapy: £70/50 mins.
EMDR assessment meetings: £70/50 mins, in preparation for re-processing.
EMDR Resourcing and re-processing meetings: £84/60 mins or £98/70 min
Creativity and 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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
If you call and I don't pick up please do leave a voicemail and I'll respond as soon as I am able.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|