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About me

Please note I am currently offering EMDR online.

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 trained in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (MA), Adolescent and Young Adult Psychotherapy (MSc) and memory reconsolidation through the use of Eye Movement, Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Attachment Focused EMDR (Laurel Parnell), and Flash Technique (Philip Manfield).

My core training includes a range of differing and complementary theoretical viewpoints including Object Relations, Attachment Theory, Person Centred Counselling, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and EMDR, and incorporates creative exploration using arts media and/or imagination, where this is appropriate to the therapeutic task. In my clinical experience, EMDR and Arts Psychotherapy can work well together as an integrated modality. This flexible approach allows me to tailor therapeutic ideas according to the needs of each individual. (For further information about using creative process in therapy please see 'Any Further Information' below.)

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 discrete traumatic event without complexity (e.g. a car accident). In terms of more complex traumatic events, or Complex PTSD (cPTSD), EMDR is extremely useful when integrated into a longer course of therapeutic work. 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 have 9 years of experience in private practice and the NHS working with adolescents, adults and older adults (though please note I no longer work for the NHS), and I am a Director at  Cambridge Counselling Service. I am 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.

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

Bruce Ecker video: memory reconsolidation (20 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)


World Health Orgaization:


American Psychological Organisation on EMDR:


Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (London Metropolitan University)
  • MSc Adolescent Psychotherapy (University of Northampton)
  • Dip. Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education)
  • EMDR (EMDR Europe Accredited Training through EMDR Academy)
  • Attachment Focused EMDR (Parnell Institute)
  • EMDR Child & Adolescent Part 1 (EMDR Europe Accredited Training)
  • Flash Technique (Phil Manfield)
  • Level 2 CATT (Child) Accelerated Trauma Treatment (Carlotta Raby at IATE)
  • UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Accred. #2011165162
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Accred. #AS1511
  • EMDR UK & Ireland Member #M0468
  • EMDR Europe Accredited practitioner

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.


Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

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

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.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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.

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, talking psychotherapy and EMDR assessment meetings:£75/50 mins.

EMDR resourcing & reprocessing meetings: £90/60 mins or £105/70 mins.

Health care providers and other agencies: please note I charge an augmented hourly fee to cover administration and report writing. Please enquire for further details.

Further information

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.



Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages No other fluent languages


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.

Wheelchair user access

Please ask

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Cassandra Manning MA & MSc; EMDR & Arts Psychotherapist; UKCP HCPC EMDR Eur.

Cassandra Manning MA & MSc; EMDR & Arts Psychotherapist; UKCP HCPC EMDR Eur.