Dr Theresa Cheng, Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol, HCPC Reg.)
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and an accredited EMDR therapist, working with adult individuals, couples and groups in various capacities from different contexts, offering psychotherapy, consultation and clinical supervision in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Buckinghamshire. My practice ethos places an emphasis on respect, integrity and trust in therapy. My aim is to help individuals to address their concerns in their current life situation, by integrating appropriate therapeutic approaches that are tailored for meeting each individual’s needs. This may mean making changes in life, learning new ways of managing and relating to challenges/difficulties, improving relationships or simply gaining a better understanding of self and others in life circumstances.
I have trained in various modalities in counselling, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Metacognitive Therapy (MCT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Schema Therapy, Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Humanistic Counselling and Systemic and Family Therapy. My therapeutic approach is tailored for each individual’s needs by integrating a variety of interventions from different modalities with an aim to achieve a positive therapeutic outcome. I believe in working flexibly and creatively to suit each individual by adapting my approach during therapy, which enables me to find the right techniques and theories that fit in more comfortably with you and your life circumstances. During an initial consultation, we will discuss your current life situation, needs, preferences and how we may work collaboratively during therapy. This aims at gaining a shared understanding of your issues and finding what is the most suitable way for you before we may proceed in therapy.
I have undertaken advanced professional training in counselling psychology, involving a variety of therapeutic modalities such as Existential Psychotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). I believe that my engagement with on-going professional development is crucial, as this ensures my competency in my profession by keeping my knowledge and skills up to date and relevant to my practice as a Counselling Psychologist. Most importantly, this allows me to deliver a professional service to my clients in an effective manner.
I work with a wide range of issues, including identity changes and adjustment issues caused by negative life events e.g. after brain injury, chronic illness, eating disorders, anger management, addiction, life/work stress and crisis, depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship/marital issues and personal development.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have obtained a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire, and a Professional Doctorate degree (DProf) in Counselling Psychology at the London Metropolitan University. I am a chartered and registered member (CPsychol, HCPC) of the Health & Care Professions Council, the British Psychological Society (BPS) with a full member of the Division of the Counselling Psychology and the EMDR Europe as an accredited practitioner. I have been nominated as a senior associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine (Sr. Assoc. RSM) in recognition of my contributions to the field of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (CBT) practice and research which span more than five years. I am a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (MBABCP).
I have worked in a variety of clinical and academic settings, including a charity organization specializing in brain injury rehabilitation which provides counselling for people with enduring and challenging issues; a service that supports people with mental health issues ranging from the primary to tertiary level; various universities as both a mental health mentor and a learning disabilities tutor for students with different challenges and disabilities. In 2008 I established the Headway Bedford psychological service where I now work as a Counselling Psychologist supporting people with brain injury in the neuropsychological rehabilitation context and provide clinical supervision to doctoral trainees. I also practice as an independent practitioner offering counselling in the areas of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Buckinghamshire.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
EMDR Association UK
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have been an expert witness since 2014. I accept instructions for psychological reports. I provide a range of comprehensive psychological assessments and treatments for adults in the mental health and neuropsychological rehabilitation contexts.
I have over ten years of experience working with the trauma related disorders, stress related disorders and the psychological effects after brain injury. My areas of expertise are psychological effects of trauma and neuropsychological rehabilitation.
I have gained an accredited Expert Witness status through Cardiff University, Bond Solon.
Individual 50 minutes session – From £95 - £135
Couple/Family 50 minutes session – From £125 - £150
Initial psychological assessment session - £135
A discounted rate may be applied based on a sliding scale of charges which is subject to individual financial circumstances.
I am an approved/recognised Psychologist for AXA PPP, Aviva, Cigna, Vitality and PruHealth that cover my services. If I am not currently listed as a healthcare professional provider with your insurance company, please make an enquiry as it may well be that this could be arranged.
Please visit my website www.drtheresacheng.com for further information.