Vanessa Hedley (PgDip) MBACP Accredited - Embodied Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Vanessa Hedley (PgDip) MBACP Accredited - Embodied Psychotherapeutic Counselling


07545 858289

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About me


I am a BACP accredited practitioner of counselling and psychotherapy with over two decades of experience of therapeutic client work.

I offer warmth, kindness and a confidential space in which you can explore whatever issues and challenges are calling you to counselling.

My approach is humanistic, relational and embodied and rooted in my integrative counselling training and a wide variety of other therapeutic influences and ongoing professional development.

If you are in crisis, transition or having a challenging time generally; if you are longing to reconnect with your true purpose, your sense of who you really are and your enjoyment of life; if you're experiencing repeating patterns of difficulty in your relationships; if you're feeling low, overwhelmed, angry or unable to see a way to move forward, skilled psychotherapeutic support could help.

It is my experience that when it's the right time to commit to giving ourselves the regular space and attention that therapy with the right therapist offers, a sense of safety and resource is possible that can lead to profound shifts in our experience of ourselves, our relationships with others and to the wider world.

With over a decade of counselling experience, I am trained to work in a creative, individual-focussed way to support you in shedding light on what is happening in your life, connecting more deeply with who you truly are on every level and with what you need and want in order to shift towards increased wellbeing.

I have a specialist interest in working with early attachment issues; how they play out in our relationships in later life and also how they can be re-patterned within the therapeutic relationship to enable us to experience greater ease and enjoyment in the present.

As well as offering support with anxiety, depression, low self-worth/confidence, loss of meaning and other issues (some of which are listed below)  I have considerable experience working with people who struggle with disordered eating and difficult relationships with food and body, as well as other addiction-related issues.

I have been a mindfulness meditation and somatic movement and embodiment practitioner for over 20 years and this informs my client work.

As well as working with clients in indoor settings, I offer psychotherapeutic counselling in nature and run somatic movement groups in wild settings.

Respect for all that has brought you to this point is core to my work.

You are very welcome to call me to get more of a sense of me and ask any questions you may have.

My Background

I was originally a midwife and have experience of working in the charity sector supporting people with life-threatening / terminal illness. I also spent several years working with refugees and asylum seekers.

I work with clients suffering the effects of early attachment disorder, trauma, isolation, loneliness, addiction (I've worked as a counsellor in two drug and alcohol rehabs) fear, depression, anxiety and other mental health diagnoses, eating disorders, physical health problems and those who have spent much of their lives feeling generally overwhelmed, frightened or stressed without ever really understanding why.

I have also worked as a bodywork therapist, and as a specialist mentor/coach for university students with a wide variety of needs and challenges.

How I Work

My way of working is tailored very specifically to each client's individual needs and is underpinned and inspired by:

  • traditional person-centred and existential applied theory
  • in-depth knowledge of attachment theory
  • mindfulness
  • family constellations
  • up to date neurobiology
  • Polyvagal Theory
  • somatic awareness and movement
  • other forms of creative self-expression
  • eco-therapy - one to one therapeutic work in nature

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Fundamentals of Working with Couples - November 2019 - with Juliet Grayson
  • SATe/DARe (Somatic Attachment Training / Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning experience) Cologne, 2016 (ongoing training)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma Counselling - Masters Level (L7) (Distinction) (BACP Accredited Course) (UWL) 2010
  • Certificate (Masters Level) in Somatic Dance/Movement Education (Distinction) (UCLAN) 2009
  • Kahuna Bodywork Diploma - Hawaii 1996
  • Mindfulness Training - Ongoing training since 2000 - MBSR, Plum Village

    As an accredited member of the BACP, I work in accordance with the ethical framework of the BACP and am committed to ongoing personal and professional development and attending regular supervision.

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • insecure attachment
  • childhood abuse
  • addiction/substance misuse
  • eating disorders and body-image
  • relationship issues
  • change and transition
  • depression and/or anxiety
  • birth-related trauma (relating to pre- peri- or post-natal period)
  • parenting issues
  • crisis of all kinds
  • low self-worth
  • health concerns
  • suicidal feelings
  • spiritual matters
  • bereavement
  • work- or study-stress
  • loss of meaning
  • trauma and many others.

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£50 per session (Concessions available)

Maps & Directions

Stroud, GL5

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I offer daytime and evening, face-to-face, Skype and phone sessions.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme