Cassandra Manning Arts Psychotherapist & EMDR Therapist UKCP & HCPC Accr.
Hello, my name is Cassandra.
I'm known by colleagues to be an open-minded, down-to-earth person who builds 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 (MA) and EMDR (EMDR Europe training), and am a member of the EMDR Association of UK and Ireland. 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). As part of my continuous professional training, I'm currently undertaking an MSc in Adolescent Psychotherapy through the University of Northampton.
I have many years of experience in private practice and the NHS working with adolescents, young adults, adults and older people. In addition to my current private practice, I am a director at Cambridge Counselling Service, and have recently worked with the Adolescent Intensive Support Team - a community arm of CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services).
My training includes a range of differing and complementary theoretical viewpoints (object relations, attachment theory, person-centred counselling, transactional analysis, Gestalt, EMDR), including creative exploration and use of arts media in psychotherapy. This flexible, integrated approach allows me to tailor therapeutic ideas according to the need of each individual.
I offer mid to long term arts and talking therapy of 16-20 sessions (4-6 months) or more. EMDR can often be delivered in 4-8 sessions in the case of a single traumatic event (e.g. RTA or assault) or anticipatory anxiety/phobia. In terms of more complex trauma and PTSD, EMDR can be integrated into a longer term course of therapeutic work. In my experience, EMDR and Arts Psychotherapy work well together as an integrated modality.
If you wish to know more about EMDR, a NICE and World Health Organisation (WHO) approved trauma treatment you can follow the link here:
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)
- EMDR Therapist (EMDR Europe Accredited Training )
- EMDR Child & Adolescent Training (Part 1, EMDR Europe Accredited Training)
- Dip. Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education)
- Cert. Adolescent Psychotherapy (Dublin Centre for Therapy and Counselling)
- Cert. Therapeutic Counselling with Adolescents (IATE)
- Level 2 CATT (Child) Accelerated Trauma Training (Luna)
- UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Accred. No. 2011165162
- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Accred. No. AS 15116
- Member EMDR Association of U.K. & Ireland
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- 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 disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- 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 adolescents and young adults (11-25).
Cambridge: £70 (50 min session); EMDR: £84 (60 mins) and £105 (75 min)
Ely: £65 (50 min session); EMDR: £78 (60 mins) and £97.50 (75 mins)
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|