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Stephen Shave - MSc, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (BABCP) accredited

Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1TP
07958 150918 07958 150918

About me

What is my treatment approach?

I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as my primary treatment approach within my private practice. CBT is based on the theory that our thoughts (cognitions), behaviours and physiology interact to influence our emotions; CBT seeks to explore this relationship collaboratively with the client. In my practice, I consider you as the client to be a co-therapist and will aim to help you develop your own skills to feel better so that you may continue to feel able to maintain a sense of wellbeing after our sessions come to an end. CBT is a present focused and relatively short treatment process (between 4-20 sessions) and clients are empowered to produce lasting change through achieving their agreed goals and learning skills that they will be able to use now and in the future.

is now a well-established method of understanding and treating a number of psychological problems. It is recommended by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as being one of the most effective treatments for emotional and psychological problems, where anxiety or depression is the main component.

CBT is considered to be highly effective for treating the following presentations:

  • Depression/Low mood
  • Anxiety and all anxiety related disorders
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Agoraphobia and other specific phobias
  • Panic attacks / panic disorder
  • Obsessions & compulsions (OCD)
  • Trauma (including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Low Self-esteem and low confidence
  • Addictions (gambling, sex, alcohol and drugs)
  • Obesity

I am able to treat all of the above mentioned presenting difficulties within my private practice in the town of Dorchester, Dorset. However, I have a particular interest in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and complex trauma, also I have a great deal of experience in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I am a qualified EMDR Therapist which can be very effective for trauma focussed treatment.

Alongside a CBT approach to my work, I incorporate a person centred approach and aspects of Mindfulness, Schema Focused Therapy (SFT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). At all times I seek to offer a professional, confidential and friendly service to my patients.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with a Masters Level degree in CBT (MSc CBT), an Honours Degree in Social Work (BA Hons) and a post-graduate certificate in Assessing Risk in Mental Health. Also, I am a qualified EMDR Therapist. I am an accredited member of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). I have also completed the first part of training in Schema Focused Therapy.

I have been working with people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties in a variety of settings over the past 10 years, I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I have previously worked in a secure forensic environment and also in the community working systemically with young offenders and their families. Five years ago I was working as a Psychological Therapist in a complex cases team in East Anglia before moving to Dorset with my wife and family. Currently I am employed part-time as a Psychological Therapist in a primary care NHS setting in Dorset. I am currently available to work privately all day on Mondays and Fridays.

Member organisations


British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am a co-director of The West Dorset Practice alongside my wife, Dr Clare Young. We have a team of highly skilled and well established clinicians on hand to meet most treatment needs. For further information on what we can offer please refer to our website www.westdorsetpractice.co.uk

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • EMDR

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I offer a free 30 minute initial consultation session (usually by telephone) to anyone interested in beginning therapy, this is to enable us to discuss some of the difficulties you might be experiencing and to ascertain if all parties feel comfortable about working together. It may be that from this discussion it becomes apparent that a different treatment option would be more beneficial to you, I will be able to provide advice to help and support you to access the appropriate treatment. Following the first consultation appointment there is no obligation to book any further appointments.

For CBT I charge £70 per hour which includes all administration charges and costs. Fees are payable by either cash, cheque or bank transfer. For EMDR as a stand alone treatment I charge £90 per 1 1/2 hour session. Sessions can be cancelled without charge up to 24 hours before, otherwise the full session fee could be charged.

Further information


I have a particular interest in treating OCD. This condition is typically characterised by the experience of obsessions (repetitive, intrusive, unwanted thoughts that cause you to feel anxious or experience emotional discomfort) and compulsions or rituals (mental or behavioural acts that one might engage in primarily with a view to reducing the experienced anxiety). Examples of typical obsessions and compulsions can be found on the OCD-UK website.


I am also a qualified EMDR Therapist. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and has proven to be effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.

There is still much that isn't known about how and why EMDR can be so effective. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. Subsequently, for some people remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories can have a lasting negative effect that can interfere with the way a person sees the world, the way they can relate to others and the way in which they understand what is happening to them from a physiological perspective. EMDR is one of the treatments recommended by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for PTSD and trauma.

EMDR can have a direct impact on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person tends to no longer relive the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. I sometimes use EMDR to treat other conditions such as OCD or low self-esteem, I often use it in conjunction with CBT as and when required. I also have extensive experience in treatment complex trauma through the use of EMDR.

Portfolio House (suite 3)
3 Princes Street

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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


I am currently available all day on Mondays and Fridays.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Stephen Shave - MSc, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (BABCP) accredited

Stephen Shave - MSc, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (BABCP) accredited