Una Cavanagh MBACP (Accred) - Online & Outdoors Counselling
Hello, I'm an experienced BACP Accredited Counsellor currently working online via Zoom or, as an alternative, I am pleased to be able to offer Outdoors Therapy. I trained as an Integrative Counsellor which means that I am able to draw on different modalities (CBT, Transactional Therapy and Psychodynamic) to tailor sessions that best match you.
Information About Online Therapy via Zoom
I offer online Zoom sessions with a free 30 minute phone assessment first so you can get a sense of what it might be like to have therapy with me - I believe it's important that you feel you can connect with your therapist and I encourage you to explore your options before committing to regular counselling sessions.
Questions & Answers about Outdoors Therapy
Q. Why might I want to consider having counselling outdoors?
A. There have been many studies that have found that being outdoors in a rural setting has a positive effect on our mental health – it allows us to reconnect with the natural world around us, being with nature rather than seeing it as a separate thing.
The way all living things inter-connect is understood to be important and the movement towards addressing the effects of climate change may have made you more aware of this. You may also want to spend more time outdoors, particularly if you work indoors a lot
Q. Where and when do sessions take place?
A. In a countryside setting (with a carpark to meet at) close to the SN11 area of Wiltshire – convenient for people living in Calne, Devizes, Marlborough and surrounding villages. The session times I can offer vary throughout the seasons, depending on the available daylight
Q. Do I need to be very fit?
A. You would need to have a reasonable level of fitness and this is something that we can discuss further prior to agreeing to work together in this way. The path we will use is an ancient byway and therefore can be uneven in places with some gentle inclines. During the session, we agree to walk at a pace that suits us both
Q. What if it rains?
A. We’d still go ahead with your session, so you might want to ensure that you have suitable clothing, including warm clothes for the winter, walking shoes/boots and waterproofs. The only time a booked session is cancelled would be if the roads to our location are snowed in or too icy – that’s something that would be assessed either the day before or on the day if there was a sudden, unexpected downturn in the weather
Q. I’m interested! Now what?
A. Just get in touch with me via the contact form and I’ll get back to you to arrange a mutually convenient time to talk by phone. We’ll discuss your expectations and hopes from counselling in this way and then, if we both agree it’s right for you, we can take it from there!
Information about how I work generally
Whatever you're seeking help for will be unique to you and so here's just a few examples of the type of issues people contact me about:
- Low Self Esteem
- Adoption Support
- Bereavement Support
- Work Related Issues
- At a crossroads in life and unsure of which direction to take
- Relationship Issues
We are all unique, coming from different backgrounds, cultures, sexualities, genders and we all have, at some stages in our lives, uniquely different worries and concerns.
Whatever it is that's worrying you, talking to me can help by allowing you a respectful space to talk it through with someone who isn't closely involved, who won't tell you what you should be doing/thinking. I help clients to clarify things, unravel some of the difficult feelings they might be experiencing and help them find a way forward from feeling stuck
Importantly, you are provided with a space where you can experience being accepted for being uniquely you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate OCST 4 Online Counselling Audio and Webcam
- CPD Certificate - Taking Therapy Outside (The Centre for Natural Reflection)
- Diploma in Relational Supervision (Severn Talking Therapy)
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB).
- Certificate in Bereavement Support (Dorothy House Hospice)
- Adoption Support Work (Barnardo's)
- Certificate in Supporting Victims of Rape & Sexual Violence (Victim Support)
- Certificate in Supporting Victims of Domestic Abuse/Violence (Victim Support)
- Bereavement Counsellor with Dorothy House Hospice Care
- Counsellor with Olive Branch Chippenham
- Counsellor with Hope Counselling Melksham
- Counsellor with Swindon & Wiltshire Alcohol & Drug Service
- Victim Support Volunteer (Crime, Domestic Abuse, Rape and Sexual Assault)
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online
The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online
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
Counselling & Supervision
My fee for online or phone counselling sessions is £50 per hour and can be paid by either PayPal or by BACS - please contact me for more details.
I am an approved therapist with BUPA, AXA PPP Healthcare and AVIVA and am approved (through Barnardos) to work with adults affected by adoption issues
***If you wish to claim through your health insurance with BUPA, Aviva or AXA PPP Healthcare please check your policy and contact them first to check for eligibility***