Diploma in Counselling, MSc Psychological Therapies

CBT, Counselling and Psychotherapy for Adults, Young People and Children across Gloucestershire


CBT for Adults

Following our initial consultation, together we will decide what we are going to work on and formulate a treatment plan.

CBT for Children & Young People

Following our initial consultation, together we will decide what we are going to work on and formulate a treatment plan.

About Me

I am a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with experience in the voluntary and private sectors and in the NHS.

My Speciality

My specialism is in working with children and young people, though this is not exclusive as a substantial part of my work is with adults, both privately and through company programs such as EAP (Employee Assistance Programs) and PMI Schemes (Private Medical Insurance).

Professional Qualifications

Diploma in Counselling – Stroud College 2006
MSc Psychological Therapies: Masters in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – University of the West of England 2013


Sessions are 50 minutes.
Appointments are available Monday to Friday.
Where appropriate, I am available to work with you in the community to facilitate behavioural experiments.

What Is CBT?

CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) is an evidence based approach and is recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) to treat Anxiety Disorders which encompass OCD, Phobias, Separation Anxiety, GAD, Panic, PTSD, Health Anxiety and Social Anxiety and Depression.

How Can CBT Benefit You

  • Learn to identify problems more clearly  
  • Challenge underlying assumptions that may be wrong
  • Change distortions and perceptions
  • Distinguish between facts and irrational thoughts
  • Understand how past experience can affect present feelings and beliefs
  • Avoid generalizations, all-or-nothing thinking and catastrophising
  • Focus on how things are rather than how you think they should be
  • Face your fears rather than avoid them by gradually increasing exposure to things that cause fear
  • Learn ways to calm your mind and body

What is The Process?

The initial session is an assessment session where your needs are assessed, and we agree a way forward.  

Sessions are weekly to begin with and then can increase to fortnightly. Each session lasts 50 minutes.

The course of treatment usually lasts for approximately 8 sessions, however, there are times when longer term work is required. 

During the sessions we will ascertain what needs to change and begin to understand why these problems have occurred. Work to do at home is often given so you can increase self-awareness of how you think, feel and behave whilst noticing the physical symptoms in your body. 

During the process, both the client and therapist are active as CBT is highly goal-oriented and focused. This collaboration works towards achieving the mutually established goals.

The eventual aim of therapy is to teach you to apply the skills you have learnt during treatment to your daily life therefore managing your problems and stop them having a negative impact on your life

About Me

The reason I love my job so much is I love to help, I find seeing a change in people so rewarding and I have real empathy towards young people and helping them to change how they think in order for their life to be better and easier.

There is nothing I like more than being up at the stables with the horses (and our cats!) which is why I am delighted to now offer Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy. I find spending time outside is a great way to switch off and just “to be” which is so important nowadays in this crazy world we live in.

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and watching the odd soap or two (my guilty pleasure but it helps me switch off). 

I take pride in my house and office and love sourcing bits and pieces to make them look lovely, other “hobbies” of mine include practicing mindfulness, horse riding and cooking if I am in the mood – although I do love a Chinese takeaway as well!


“Elaine has been seeing my son for the past few months. She quickly established a rapport with him despite his initial reluctance to attend. She has enabled him to express his difficulties being both empathic but professional in her approach added with a humour that he finds very refreshing. They have reached plans which he feels he has participated in and has significantly helped him.”

“Elaine has, over a short course, helped my daughter deal with anxiety and low self- esteem. She has developed skills and strategies and is growing in independence”.

“Elaine is really easy to talk to and has taught me how to cope with life. She has given me life skills that everyone should learn”.

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