About me

Is there something in your life that is not how you want it to be or that you are struggling to move past?  Do the same unwanted patterns keep repeating themselves?  Sometimes it can help to talk things through, unravel thoughts and behaviours or simply experience your feelings in a safe space.

My approach to therapy is integrative meaning that I draw on a number of different models of counselling.  What this means for you is that I am able bring together different elements of proven therapies and tailor them towards your specific needs.  My training has combined a study of humanistic, psychodynamic, body, creative and mindfulness-based approaches.

To do this it is helpful to explore your past and early relationships and how this impacts present interactions. We feel with our bodies not our minds and I use body psychotherapy to help build this awareness. This can increase mind-body integration and support the management of feelings.

I work at relational depth paying attention to our relationship in order to make sense of any relational difficulties and gain clues as to where the solutions to problems may lie. I use mindfulness to help you build resilience, and creativity, where the nonverbal dimensions of art activities can help us access your feelings.

These are my starting points, in a safe non-judgmental space from which to explore your difficulties, modified in practice according to each individual and relationship.

Training, qualifications & experience

Before becoming a counsellor I worked in conservation and healthcare which lead to my interest in human behaviour and the mind. I have over 13 years healthcare experience in the NHS.

I have a wide range of experience in psychological and emotional difficulties which include anxiety and depression, relationship difficulties, anger, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, bereavement, low self-esteem, unresolved childhood troubles, trauma, sexual, emotional and physical abuse, chronic pain, addiction and anxiety.

I am committed to helping to facilitate your authentic self, letting go of defences so that you may live more fully.

As well as seeing clients privately in both short and longer term approaches I have also seen adult clients through various charities including substance misuse, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse. I have helped them to find a greater sense of safety and security and start on the road to recovery.

Psychotherapy Training & Qualifications:

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, The Minster Centre, London.

Fellowship Programme - Fibromyalgia and chronic pain

I am a member of the BACP Counselling and Psychotherapy governing body and adhere to their ethical standards.

I am fully insured, regularly attend continuous professional development seminars and I hold an enhanced police check.

Continuous Professional Development

Phase orientated trauma therapy & Dissociation

Geriatric and older people's mental health

Understanding dementia level 1 &2

Reducing the risk of domestic abuse

Working with the impact of childhood sexual abuse

Severe presentations, diagnosis and treatment

Boarding School Syndrome

Member organisations


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.


Additional information

Initial and subsequent sessions are £50 for 50 minutes.

Please feel free to telephone or email me to set up an initial session so that we can discuss what you are struggling with and what you would like to gain from counselling. After this if you feel you would like to continue we can schedule further sessions.


Mondays and Tuesdays

Further information

My private practice is currently either online or telephone based due to the current restrictions in place.

Turnpike Road

Market Place

Type of session


Types of client

Older adults

Key details

my rooms in Thatcham have wheelchair access.

Vanessa Dent

Vanessa Dent