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About me

I offer embodied, creative, trauma-informed psychotherapeutic counselling for children and adolescents.

I integrate transactional analysis, neuroscience, attachment, and somatic trauma therapy with movement & gesture, creativity, image-work, nature-connection, yoga, and mindfulness. This matrix of complementary theories and approaches gives me a toolbox with which to offer an individualised approach that is most appropriate in that moment with that client.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a (Level 6) Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling and am a qualified member of BACP.

I am additionally trained in Somatic Trauma Therapy, Sensorimotor Guided Drawing, Yoga Therapy, Yogic Mindfulness, Movement for Trauma, Nature-based work and other body/somatic therapeutic approaches (for more information see the About page on my website).

I have experience of working with children and adolescents that are experiencing PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, selective mutism, separation anxiety, developmental trauma and ADHD. I have worked with children and young people that want to feel more in control of overwhelming emotions, more able to make decisions and hold boundaries, to feel more grounded and centred, to feel stable and safe, to feel certain about being valuable, capable, lovable, powerful, and equal. 

I have been working with children and adolescents for over twenty years in different settings.

I have worked as a counsellor at CAMHS, the NHS and in schools.

I specialise in working with trauma and a somatic approach. I have completed various trainings with renowned trauma expert Babette Rothschild and assist on her training programmes. 

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£50.00 per session

Additional information

Each session is 50-minutes. 

Initial online 50-minute sessions are half the usual session price, £25

Subsequent 50-minute sessions £50

Sessions are payable by bank transfer. You will be given the details at our initial session.

When I work

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Back Lane, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8

Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people

Key details

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Vanessa Bear

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