Simona Pretara

Psychotherapist/Arts Psychotherapist (UKCP accre. HCPC reg.)

About me

Making the decision to come to therapy can be the first step towards personal change and growth.

Explore your concerns in a confidential, supportive safe space.

At the core of my practice is the use of our innate creativity to facilitate personal change.

I have over 15 years experience of working within mental health, social care, community settings and the NHS.

The treatments I offer are relational and client centred, tailor made to best meet your individual and personal needs.

I am an Integrative Psychotherapist which means I incorporate theories from Existential, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Dialectic Behavioural Therapy  and Psychodynamic psychotherapies. These theoretical  frameworks are underpinned by developing neuroscientific research.  I am also a qualified Eye Movement Desensitisation and  Reprocessing ( EMDR) Practitioner.

We can approach your therapy through diverse art forms; including Visual Arts, Drama, Dance, Movement, Music, Jungian Sand Trays, Puppetry, Poetry, Dreams and Mental Imagery or if you prefer we can simply talk about any personal difficulties you might be experiencing.

Using a range of different forms in an integrated way increases self-awareness, insight and growth by allowing the expression and release of trauma, memories and grief through all of the senses, in order to shift how we view the world and create a life worth living.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am committed to providing safe, ethical and effective practice I work in accordance with the UKCP and HCPC ethical principles, professional standards and policies. I also hold a full Public Liability Insurance and am DBS checked with training in Child Protection and the Protection of Vulnerable Adults.

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 extensive experience of working with issues around rape, sexual abuse and childhood sexual abuse and work with these issues in a trauma informed way.


Additional information

Initial Consultation: £50.00

One-to-one sessions: £40-£75.00

Couples £70-£100 per 50 minute session

EMDR (Saturdays only) £100 per 75 minutes ( 6-12 sessions minimum)


Evenings and Weekends

Further information

Isolation, depression, anxiety, PTSD and complex trauma,  neurodiversity, rape and serial abuse

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Simona Pretara

Simona Pretara