"No one ever explained to me what I had gone through in the delivery room and I still don’t fully understand…"

Counsellors & Therapists

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The counsellors listed below are not intended for use in an emergency situation. If you need to talk to someone urgently, please contact Samaritans (UK: 08457 90 90 90 or ROI: 1850 60 90 90) or SANEline (0845 767 8000). You can also call your GP surgery for advice, during out of hours you should hear a recorded message giving advice as to who to call.
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Page Last Updated:  22 Oct 2015
These pages are intended for counsellors/therapists with specialist knowledge of trauma related to birth to advertise their services. Unless you are personally known to BTA Committee members who can check qualifications, you must be accredited with the BACP or similar professional organisation to added to these pages.


The Birth Trauma Association welcomes contributions to our funds for any adverts placed on these pages. If you wish to advertise here, you will need to first send a short biography and your contact details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.along with details of relevant credentials so we can ensure you are a registered professional. The suggested annual fee is £25.00 which can be paid via JustGiving or by posting a cheque made payable to 'Birth Trauma Association' to the treasurer whose address we will provide.

NB: The Birth Trauma Association takes no responsibility for consequences of action taken upon the information based on this website. Whilst every effort has been taken to verify the counsellors on these pages, any contact with persons listed is made at your own risk.


Dr Claire Arnold-Baker, Counselling Psychologist and Psychotherapist, DCPsych., M.A., BSc (Hons) – Reading

I am an existential therapist with 15 years’ experience of working with a broad range of mental health problems.  I specialise in working with mothers, having completed my doctoral research into the transition to motherhood for first-time mothers.

Motherhood is a life-changing event, which can leave women feeling out of their depth, unprepared, exhausted, emotional – both depressed and anxious - and at times traumatised.  Mothers can feel a range of emotions and each mother responds to her birth, baby, and thoughts about being a mother differently.  I offer a safe, confidential space to support mothers as they talk through and reflect upon their experiences and make sense of themselves as mothers.

In particular, I have successfully worked with the following issues:

  • Ante/Postnatal Depression
  • Maternal Anxiety and Worry
  • Birth Trauma and PTSD
  • Motherhood Identity
  • Relationship Difficulties

I am passionate about offering mothers the support, space and time that is needed, and often neglected, to come to terms with such a life-changing event. 

I work from consulting rooms in central Reading, where you can bring your baby with you.  Further details can be found on my website.

I am registered with the BPS, HCPC and UKCP.

For more information or to book an appointment please call 07957 154621

Or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.mothertime.co.uk                                                                                                             April 2018


Catherine Evans Dip Hyp CS, Dip CP, Adv. Dip CP BWRT® Practitioner 

I am a Counsellor and Hypnotherapist working in private practice in Reading, Berkshire. I have 10 years of experience of working within a maternity setting as both a nurse and a midwife and in that time have developed a real interest in working with women (and men) who feel, for whatever reason, that they need to explore their birth experience further or are daunted by the prospect of parenthood. I am able to utilize my obstetric knowledge together with my counselling skills to help parents explore their feelings regarding the birth and parenthood and manage their expectations. The birth process and parenthood is a life-changing event and I believe that all women have the right to be heard.

I work with a number of issues within this area including:

 Birth reflection

 Birth trauma

 Ante/Post-natal depression

 Dealing with fears and phobias including fear of childbirth, hospitals, needles etc.

 Bereavement (including miscarriage)

 Anxiety related to pregnancy, childbirth or parenthood.

I offer a safe place for you to explore your feelings regarding any aspect of fertility, pregnancy, birth or parenthood. For more information, please contact me on

Tel: 07811 907911

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.hopebirthandbeyond.co.uk

I am a Professional Member of the National Hypnotherapy Society (MHS), an Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society (MNCS(Acc)) and a Member of the British BrainWorking Research Society (MBBRS)                                             April 2018


Jessy Paston Dip Couns

Droitwich and Worcestershire

I am an experienced Counsellor and have for 4Children specialising in postnatal low level mental health issues and now work within private practice. I have a special interest in helping new women transition into the new identity and role of mothers and help them overcome trauma experienced through this transition.

I work in a person centered way, using Solution Focused Therapy, Photo Therapy as well as conventional Talking Therapy but each person is different so each package of support is bespoke to each individual.

I am based in Droitwich, Worcestershire and take self referrals, from charities and Doctors. I am a member of BACP and abide by their ethical framework.

  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Birth trauma
  • Career
  • Postnatal Depression
  • Family issues
  • Low self-confidence
  • Low self-esteem
  • Redundancy
  • Relationship issues
  • Self-harm
  • Separation
  • and much more…

Face to face, Skype, Email or Telephone

To find out more, please visit www.jessypaston.biz or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. outlining what your needs are and what method of communication you would like use to receive support. Sessions and payment will then be arranged.


Julianne Boutaleb, Consultant Perinatal Psychologist, BSc, MSc, CPsychol, AFBPsS

I am a perinatal psychologist who has worked for over 13 years in the NHS and private practice with parents and parents-to-be and their babies (and bumps) who have needed support with a wide variety of issues including:

Anxiety and depression during and after pregnancy – both mums and dads

Birth trauma, PTSD and tokophobia (fear of giving birth)

Attachment issues with the baby due to difficult birth or previous losses (miscarriage/stillbirth)

Becoming pregnant, giving birth and parenting following perinatal loss and trauma

Pregnancy and becoming a parent following IVF, ICSI and other ART

Couples issues following difficult birth/birth trauma and supportive work with partners

Psychological issues for parents arising from prematurity, multiple births, stays in NICU

Traumatic issues during pregnancy – selective reduction, high risk pregnancy, genetic and/or medical issues for mother and baby eg PGP or Pelvic Girdle Pain, hyperemesis, amniocentesis tests

This is not an exhaustive list of issues and so it may help you to contact me by either email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the phone 07908 404 337 to discuss your particular needs and/or your partner’s and baby’s needs too. I work from a variety of perspectives including psychodynamic and attachment models, CBT, integrative, compassion-focussed work, couples work and can also offer parent-infant sessions using the Watch, Wait & Wonder model which focusses on how you can improve your attachment relationship with your baby.

I can offer sessions in either Central London or South Woodford –individual, couples and parent-infant work. In addition to face-to-face sessions, I can also offer sessions over the phone or on Skype. I am registered with BPS, HCPC and BPC and am also a recognised health care provider with all the main healthcare insurance providers.


Dr Georgina Clifford, Specialist Clinical and Research Psychologist, BSc (Hons), DClinPsy - Central London

Through my clinical work in the National Health Service (NHS) and private practice as a specialist trauma therapist, I developed a special interest in working with women who experience psychological difficulties following childbirth. Having had two babies myself, I understand how traumatic and disempowering the experience of childbirth can be and how little support is available. I specialise in the treatment of psychological difficulties in the aftermath of traumatic experiences and have experience and expertise in treating a range of psychological presentations including:

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (or symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, sleep difficulties, anxiety and low mood) following child-birth
  • Post-natal depression and the “baby blues”
  • Early trauma memories (flashbacks and nightmares) triggered by child-birth (including childhood abuse)
  • Anxieties about motherhood
  • Bereavement and loss

I specialise in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), incorporating Trauma-focused therapy, Emotion regulation, Narrative story telling (NST) and Compassion-focused therapy (CFT). I am also trained in Eye movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). I conduct research into Complex presentations of PTSD at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit in Cambridge and provide workshops on the psychological impact of birth trauma to Maternity Nurses, Doulas, Birth Coaches, Health Professionals and Nannies.

I am in the process of piloting a new group intervention for women who have experienced traumatic childbirth. I am registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), BUPA and AXA PPP Healthcare.

I am the Director of London Trauma Specialists; Myself and my colleagues offer therapy sessions in our office in central London, where you are welcome to bring your baby with you. I offer a reduced rate for women on maternity leave.

For more information regarding appointment times and costs, please contact me on: 07966 892461 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further information is also available on my clinic website:



Dr Katherine Preedy Cpsychol AFBPsS

Reigate/ Redhill/ Horley area of Surrey

I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist and have worked for over 10 years as a qualified Psychologist within the NHS and also now work within private practice. I have a special interest in helping people overcome traumatic experiences can understand how such experiences can impact on every aspect of life and relationships and how distressing this can be, especially when also adjusting to loss or parenthood. I have found that EMDR can be an especially effective therapy for some individuals, however, every person is different so I work integrating models drawing from CBT, EMDR, Schema Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Compassion-Focused Therapy as well as others depending on the needs and preferences of the person coming to see me.

I am based in the Reigate/ Redhill/ Horley area of Surrey and take referrals from individuals, GPs and employers. I am also an approved provider with many major insurance companies. I am registered with the HCPC and also the BPS where I am both chartered and an affiliate fellow.

I have extensive experience working with people suffering from many different types of difficulties including:

  • Trauma symptoms/ PTSD (either recent or past)
  • Post Natal Depression/ difficulties adjusting to motherhood
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Adjustment issues
  • Phobias
  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Image issues
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Personality disorders

For more information or to talk about whether sessions might be useful for you please contact me on 07949 549 989 or email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration Details HCPC – Practitioner Psychologist PYL21089 BPS – Cpsychol AFBPsS 097162


Adela Stockton MBACP

Registered Psychodynamic Counsellor

I am a psychodynamic counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy. Formerly a midwife and a doula, I am also a published writer.

My areas of special interest are childhood trauma and perinatal issues, including PND & birth related PTSD. I work with both mothers and fathers, offering consultations face to face in SW Scotland or remotely by telephone and online.

Using the psychodynamic approach, I aim to listen carefully to what you say and, in response, help you to think about and make links between events and themes that emerge through your story. My role is not to advise you, rather to work with you and support you to discover your own solutions.

You are welcome to contact me by email or phone to arrange an initial conversation to see if you feel my service is right for you. Further information is available here:

Birth trauma, postnatal depression, postnatal PTSD or just some space to process your transition to parenthood?

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call or text: 07880 510496



Polly Wong, Counsellor and Psychotherapist, MBACP, PGDip, PGCE, BA Hons.

I am a qualified and professional Counsellor and Psychotherapist with a special interest in supporting women and men with all issues to do with fertility, pregnancy , birth and early parenthood. I offer friendly, confidential support in a welcoming setting where you can safely explore whatever is causing you concern. My approach is respectful, warm and non-judgmental, and is tailored to your individual needs. I hope to create a relationship between us, where you feel safe to share whatever you need to, at a pace to suit you, to deepen understanding of your unique experience and find ways of making your feelings and thoughts more manageable.

I work face to face from comfortable, accessible premises in York, North Yorkshire (babies welcome too), and can also offer appointments over the telephone, as well as Skype and Face Time. Home visits, in local area, by arrangement.

Counselling can support you in your individual experience of pregnancy, birth or parenthood and can be helpful for a range of issues including (but not limited to): fertility and conception, ante-natal depression, miscarriage, birth fear, stillbirth, birth trauma, post-natal depression, attachment and bonding issues, relationship difficulties, your changing identity as a parent, siblings, adjusting to family life, and many more besides…

I welcome contact from you, even if you would simply like to talk through whether you feel counselling might help you. I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (awarded distinction).

Tel: 07970 556940

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Anne Marie McKinley. Belfast

Bsc(Hons) Midwifery Studies. Dip. Counselling and Psychotherapy. Dip. Cognitive Behavioural therapy. Diploma in Counselling Supervision. Cert. Couple Therapy

Birth Trauma Counselling, Psychotherapy. Clinical Supervision. Midwife.

Counselling Premises are close to all motorways.

I am midwife, perinatal and birth trauma specialist with over 5 years’ experience counselling women and men in an NHS setting. The Physical and emotional trauma which parents describe is helped greatly by trauma care specific to individual need. Normally 4 sessions is sufficient to quieten Post Trauma Symptoms in the model of care I currently work with. I welcome enquiries from women or men in relation to any of the following.

Infertility. Anxiety in pregnancy or post birth. Panic Attacks. Depression related to pregnancy and Birth. PTS/D symptoms. Birth Partner’s response or questions. Debrief of the birth story. Re-living the birth story. Planning for birth and /or parenthood. Related Phobias Loss: Miscarriage, Abortion, Stillbirth, Neonatal Death, Neonatal journeys, Poor bonding.

If you have long distances to travel I am happy to discuss Skype for some sessions. Trauma work needs to be face to face.

I will provide CPD and Training for therapists in 2016. See website. Enquiries for One off and additional supervision for birth trauma are welcome.

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Website: www.afterthoughtsni.com

Address: Suite 1, Martrey House, Ravenhill Business Park, BT68AW. Parking Available

Telephone: 07711105676


Raquel Correia, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

CPsychol AFBPsS & EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner (clinic based in Central London)

I am an experienced clinical psychologist working in the National Health Service (NHS) and in private practice. I have extensive clinical experience in the field of trauma and sexual health, having developed specialist skills in the assessment and treatment of psychological difficulties following traumatic events and psychosexual difficulties.

For many women childbirth is experienced as a happy, gratifying and empowering experience. For others it can be a traumatic event associated with feelings of being out of control, powerlessness, confusion and fear. I specialise in the treatment of psychological difficulties following traumatic experiences and have expertise and many years experience in treating a range of psychological difficulties including:

  • Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and symptoms such as nightmares, flashbacks, sleep difficulties, anxiety
  • Anxiety and low mood (including post-natal depression)
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Low body image, low self-esteem
  • Low self-esteem
  • Earlier traumatic events triggered by child-birth
  • Anxieties about parenthood
  • Psychosexual and relationship difficulties

I work within an integrative framework drawing on my training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Compassion Focused Therapy and the Comprehensive Resource Model.

I am a chartered clinical psychologist registered with the British Psychological Association (BPS), the Division of Clinical Psychology, the Faculty of HIV and Sexual Health and the Crisis & Trauma Psychology Section. In addition, I am also registered with the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) and I am an accredited practitioner of EMDR Europe and I am a member of the EMDR UK & Ireland Association. I am registered with most healthcare insurance providers e.g. BUPA, AXA PPP, Cigna, PruHealth.

My practice is based in Central London within walking distance from both Barbican and Old Street tube stations.

For more information please contact me on: 07800 647701 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Dr Sonia Malik BSc, MSc, PG Cert, DClinPsy, CPsychol.

(Clinic based in central London)

Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist and Lead for a NHS Maternity and Gynaecology Psychological Therapies Service. I specialise in providing services for women and couples that have experienced traumatic birth, and complications. I also work with women that experience:

  • Anxiety (general anxiety, or anxiety specific to birth or parenting)
  • Depression or low mood
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)/li>
  • Grief from previous losses
  • Difficulty managing pain
  • Relationships difficulties
  • Psychological difficulties arising from gynaecological conditions
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Personality Disorder

I use various types of therapy including cognitive behavioral therapy, cognitive analytic therapy and psychodynamic therapy.

I accept self-referrals and am also able to accept those with AXA PPP and Vitality Health insurance. I am chartered with the British Psychological Society and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

My clinic is based at Staple Inn which is outside chancery lane tube station in central London. I offer daytime and evening appointments.

Clinic Address: 5 Staple Inn, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QH.

Please call 0770 2244 279 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your requirements.


Susan Hales: Art Psychotherapist

Art Psychotherapy as a Clinical Intervention for Birth Trauma.

NHS trained and fully qualified/registered Art Psychotherapist: professional membership and registration with The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) and the Health Professional Care Council (HCPC)

Working with Mothers, their infants and children/whole family, Fathers too, aiming to support or to re-establish strong bonds of love and attachment.

I specifically work with maternal mental health and emotional illness issues such as:

  • Birth Trauma
  • Post Natal Depression
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Depression
  • Personality Disorder
  • Bi Polar Disorder
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety

And the affects of such upon the infant, child and family in which the child may presentwith Autism Tier 3, ADHD, ADD, ODD, Depression, Anxiety or PTSD. Art Psychotherapy works psychodynamically, engaging and responding to the needs of the individual.

It is not necessary to be good at Art to be involved and enjoy the process. Art Psychotherapy is a creative process whether using art materials or listening and speaking. Within the therapeutic dynamics, inner visualization and creative thought processes will respond with positive effect. These are held and contained by the Psychotherapist in a safe and confidential environment

I am happy to work ‘in studio’, also ‘Facetime’ or via telephone. Initially I offer a consultation discussion and if client agrees to proceed we agree an initial timetable.

If you think I can be of help please call or email me on 01206 826291, 07889 194 148 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Mia Scotland

I am a mother of three boys, a clinical psychologist, and a birth doula. I have been treating trauma successfully for over 20 years. We know that talking isn’t always enough to treat trauma. Sometimes, the brain needs help to reprocess the memory, so that you can remember it as if it happened years ago, not as if it only happened yesterday. I work with mums and with dads. I work face to face, but also over the phone and Skype. I use the most gentle techniques that I can find, to make your journey of recovery as easy as it can be. Find out more about my approach here.


Clinical Psychologist, Birth Doula, Mindful Mamma hypnobirth practitioner

C.Psych, BA(hons), MSc. Clin.Psych



0845 868 5904/ 07969 830929





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