Vanessa Shipley

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MA qualified MBACP Psychotherapist & Counsellor
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This professional is currently not accepting new clients and may not respond to general enquiries at this time.

Billericay CM11 & CM12
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This professional is currently not accepting new clients and may not respond to general enquiries at this time.

About me

If you are finding day to day life difficult, struggling with your emotions and/or  your relationships, then therapy could really help to turn things around. I am a Psychodynamic therapist, which means that I work  with my clients to  bring about  deep, long-lasting  change in a very nurturing environment.

To find out if this is the right therapy for you, and if you feel that I might be the right therapist for you, I offer a free initial 50 min assessment where I will ask you a series of questions to find out what difficulties you are facing and also tell you about how I work. So please call, text or email me and we can set this up - I always get back to enquiries within a few hours. You can book an initial (free) phone consultation with me as well .

 As a very compassionate therapist, I  will  help you understand and reframe your thoughts and emotions by helping you to look at your unconscious thought processes and no matter what is overwhelming  you, I am here to offer a very safe, welcoming,  non - judgemental space. Talking about  what you are experiencing to someone who is trained to really listen and  help you navigate through these difficult times so that you can find lasting relief from them, is  hugely liberating.

Qualified to Master's level, I work with a broad range of issues such as anxiety, depression,  depersonalisation,   low self-esteem,  relationship difficulties, bereavement, eating disorders,  anger management  and trauma, victims of sexual abuse and/or domestic abuse,  and as we are all unique individuals, with unique experiences, I provide a tailor made approach for each of my clients, working at their pace.

With a wealth of lived experience, I always endeavour to put people at their ease so that the experience of therapy does not feel so daunting.  These, together with my extensive training, are  the tools that I use to enable you to promote deep change within yourself -  one that can last a lifetime.  I can help you to  uncover the roots to your difficulties, helping you  to process them and become more connected to yourself and the world around you.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy & Counselling  helps you to do a deep dive into your unconscious mind,  so that long lasting changes in all areas of your life can be promoted, improving not only your mental health but your physical health too. It is a therapy which gets  to the core of issues and helps you to process, and in turn, liberates you from negative unconscious thought patterns and  feelings.  

I hold face-to-face sessions in my clinical space in Billericay, Essex and  offer online sessions too.  I work both shorter term and longer term with clients, depending on what the particular issues are.

About me

I spent 5 years working in the rehabilitation dept of a Forensic Psychiatric hospital  and have worked as a Counsellor for MIND,  for teachers in the state system  and also as a Counsellor for the Government's Justice Department. I currently work for a Psychotherapy & Counselling centre in Essex, as well as having my own private practice.

 Before becoming a Psychotherapist and Counsellor, I worked as a teacher trainer and language teacher for teenagers and adults for many years. This experience, I believe, has been fundamental in helping me to have a much deeper understanding of  people and the difficulties that they face.

I have a Master's Degree in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Counselling from Essex University (Distinction), a BA (Hons) Degree in Philosophy from Durham University and a Cambridge Diploma and Certificate in teaching.

Please take a look at my articles below to give you an idea about how I work.


I offer a free initial consultation and assessment (50 mins).

Each individual session is £50 per 50 minutes.

Concessions are available for students and those who are retired.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Master's Degree and an Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Counselling for Adults.

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

Therapies offered

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • WPA

Additional information

An online assessment and online sessions are £50 per session (per 50 minutes).

Concessions are available for those that need urgent support but are currently unable to pay the full fee.

Billericay, Essex, CM11

Billericay, Essex, CM12

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Vanessa Shipley
Vanessa Shipley