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Vanessa Hedley (PgDip) MBACP Accredited - Embodied Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5
07545 858289 07545 858289 Registered / Accredited
Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5

About me

A very warm welcome to you at this time of the COVID-19 pandemic and all that the current situation may be presenting you with.

Due to the virus I am currently available via video-call or telephone or for sessions in nature.

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

My approach is humanistic, relational, embodied, attachment -  and trauma-informed and rooted in my integrative training and a wide variety of other therapeutic influences and ongoing professional development (see below for more details).

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 depressed, anxious, 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 can offer, 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 psychotherapeutic 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.

My perspective is deeply informed by an understanding of trauma (shock -, developmental - , complex - ) and 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 all of our relationships in the here and now.

As well as offering support with anxiety, depression, low self-worth/confidence, loss of meaning/purpose, work-stress and relationship difficulties I have a lot of experience working with people who struggle with disordered eating and difficult relationships with food and their bodies, as well as with clients who suffer in relation to other forms of addiction.

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 therapy in nature and run somatic movement groups in wild settings.

Respect for you and all you've been through to bring 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 an NHS 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 unsafe 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
  • neurobiology
  • polyvagal Theory
  • somatic awareness and movement
  • other forms of creative self-expression
  • wild-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 Integrative 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

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£50 per session (Concessions available)


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


I currently offer daytime and evening, Doxy/Skype and phone sessions.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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Vanessa Hedley (PgDip) MBACP Accredited - Embodied Psychotherapeutic Counselling

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