Counsellors & Therapists
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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.
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South West London Postnatal Counselling Service
The South West London Postnatal Counselling service provides one to one counselling and support for mothers and their partners from pregnancy to birth and beyond.
We have a team of counsellors who specialise in supporting mothers and their partners with a wide range of issues, including birth trauma and also postnatal depression. Other issues we work with include anxiety, parenting difficulties and relationship difficulties. Parents with children of all ages can refer themselves to the service.
As a service we recognise that becoming a parent is a major life change and can evoke many mixed and unexpected feelings. Counselling can provide a safe and non judgemental space to help you gain perspective and empower you to develop your own solutions and unique way of being a parent.
Our consulting rooms are in central Kingston, easily accessible by bus and rail, with carparks within a five minute walk. You are welcome to bring your baby to the session.
The first step in the process is to come for an initial consultation session. This can be helpful to work out if therapy is going to be the right thing for you and if it has potential to help you with the difficulties that you face. We will then offer short or more ongoing sessions depending on what you need.
Sarah Weir: Coordinator South West London Postnatal Counselling Service
MOB: 078711 97396 Aug 2017
Julia Reissmann (Manchester area)
Advanced Diploma in Counselling
Foundation training in Group Analysis
Postgraduate Diploma in Hypnosis for medical practitioners
MA in Counselling
BSc in Midwifery
I am a BACP registered counsellor working part-time in the NHS as a Perinatal Counsellor as well as working privately. I see people individually and sometimes run groups. I was a midwife for 18 years so have an in-depth understanding of the birth process and the many ways in which it can have a life-changing effect on women (and men). The medical system can feel overwhelming so that sometimes your own voice gets lost in the momentum of choices and procedures, leaving a feeling of powerlessness, confusion or fear. This is together with the fact that childbirth is such a huge event –affecting the body, relationships, life choices and self-image as well as potentially bringing up any difficult experiences of childhood or of being parented, as well as connecting to previous trauma.
I have a particular interests in:
Birth trauma –whether physical or psychological
Fear of childbirth
Needle and other phobias
Antenatal and postnatal anxiety and depression
Making sense of being a parent/having a baby
Pregnancy and birth for those who have experienced sexual trauma
Trauma in Health Care professionals
I work in an integrative way primarily using the therapeutic relationship as the medium of change, together with using attachment models, compassionate mind and hypnosis when appropriate within the counselling. I am trained in the Rewind Technique for reprocessing traumatic memories.
Sometimes only a small number of sessions are required in order to deal with an experience you have been through, and for others it can be part of a longer process of understanding and making deeper changes in your life.
Telephone: 07486 995622 August 2018
Michelle Brown, Registered Midwife (RM)
Diploma in Systemic and Psychodynamic Counselling and Therapy (MBACP)
Certificate in Attachment and Narrative Therapy (Bowlby Centre)
Biological Nurturing Practitioner
Certificate in Advanced Practitioner in Biological Nurturing (USLCA)
Master’s Degree in Relationship Therapy
Certificate in Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP)
Teacher Training certificate in MBCP
I am a practising Midwife and have many years of experience of working with pregnancy and childbirth, pregnant women and their partners, babies and baby feeding. Over time I have come to understand that acknowledging and supporting the emotional and relational experiences of all those involved with the birthing process is essential for our overall health and well-being. Transitioning into parenthood is a uniquely personal and challenging experience for anyone, and as an Integrative Therapist with an MA in Relationship Therapy I am able to offer professional insight and help with the healing process, and can be supportive of the journey towards narrating our own stories for ourselves and our families.
I work within the South West and in London.
I charge £60.00 per hour for ongoing session work and generally find that 6 is the minimum number of sessions required to achieve some meaningful understanding and useful change.
July 31st 2018
Emma Mathews RM, BSc, MSc, PG Dip, PG Dip
I provide psychosexual, relationship and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and have a special interest in working with clients, both women and men who have experienced a traumatic birth, using trauma focused CBT. Following traumatic birth some people also experience relationship difficulties, psychosexual problems and tocophobia; my training and experience allows me to work therapeutically with these problems.
I am an experienced midwife with additional experience working as a specialist midwife in perinatal mental health. I have completed a BSc in reproductive and sexual health, a COSRT accredited postgraduate diploma in psychosexual therapy, a Relate certificate in relationship counselling and a BABCP accredited postgraduate diploma in CBT. I worked for Relate as a psychosexual therapist and relationship counsellor for several years. I have an MSc in psychological trauma, my research dissertation was in the area of childbirth trauma.
I’m currently employed as a psychosexual therapist for the NHS, offering treatments for sexual difficulties. I am also employed as a specialist midwife for the NHS. My CBT training enables me to provide evidence based NICE recommended treatment for PTSD. I am a registered member of the BACP.
Christina Johnson : Health Psychologist BSc (Hons) MSc, Hypnobirthing Practitioner Dip HB(KG), Birth and Postnatal Doula(Doula UK), Maternity Nurse, Newborn Behavioural Practitioner ( NBO Brazelton Centre).
My interest in working in the field of birth trauma was triggered by my own experiences of trauma around my pregnancy, birth and in the postnatal period.
I am committed to working with those who are experiencing distress, anxiety, depression and trauma related symptoms.
I will provide a safe and nurturing space for you to explore your feelings and thoughts. I will treat you with kindness and compassion.
Sometimes life presents us with huge challenges and we can at times feel broken, powerless, out of control, afraid, angry and sad. At such times it is important that we connect with others be it professionals, friends or family to give us hope, strength, encouragement and to help us find a way forward. Do reach out for the support that you need and deserve.
I work with both mothers, fathers and professionals who work in the birthing/postnatal period and may have suffered bystander trauma.
I can offer consultations face to face and home visits in London. I also work remotely by telephone or on -line.
tel : 07752 379996
BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
I am an Accredited CBT Therapist with over 10 years of experience in supporting people with mental health problems.
My specialism is in working with new fathers who have found the transition to parenthood particularly challenging. I use both CBT and EMDR therapies to work with Post-natal Depression, Birth-related PTSD, Anxiety and OCD, amongst other problems.
My interest in working with New Dads was triggered by my own experiences of developing post-natal depression and trauma related symptoms following being present at a traumatic birth. I found that it was particularly difficult to ask for, and receive, appropriate help at the time. As such, I work hard to allow my clients to feel acknowledged, supported and valued. I only provide treatments which are recommended by the government clinical body NICE.
Tel: 07887 701 176
I am a fully accredited member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
Counsellor and Hypnobirthing Practitioner
Registered Member MBACP (Accred).
BSc Hons, PG Dip, Dip-Therapeutic, Fnd.Deg, Dip-HB(KG)
I am a Counsellor and Hypnobirthing Practitioner working in private practice in Cardiff, Wales. I am also the group facilitator of the local Positive Birth Movement (www.positivebirthmovement.org/). I am a mum to three beautiful daughters. I have experience of working with birth, pregnancy and child loss, birth trauma, bystander trauma, and male and female PND. My experience has been gained through the fields of mental health and birthing support.
Through working in these two fields I have developed a passion for supporting women and their partners who feel the need to explore their birth experience in more depth. I also work with expectant parents, both first time and subsequent pregnancies, who feel overwhelmed by the upcoming birth and/or the prospect of parenthood.
I feel I have the ability to combine my birthing knowledge together with my counselling skills to assist individuals in the exploration of their experiences of birth or concerns and emotions regarding parenthood.
I have additional training in Birth Trauma and the Rewind Technique via Your Birthright (www.yourbirthright.co.uk).
For further information about the services I provide please contact me:
Tel: 07749 469 894
Websites: www.aspirationscounselling.co.uk & www.hypnobirthingcardiff.co.uk
I am an Accredited Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (www.bacp.co.uk/) and a Registered Member of the Hypnobirthing Association (www.thehypnobirthingassociation.com)
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
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:
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
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.
- Birth trauma
- Postnatal Depression
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship issues
- and much more…
Face to face, Skype, Email or Telephone
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
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.
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
- Low self-esteem
- Adjustment issues
- Eating Disorders
- Body Image issues
- Relationship difficulties
- Personality disorders
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:
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
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.
Address: Suite 1, Martrey House, Ravenhill Business Park, BT68AW. Parking Available
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.
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.
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
- Personality Disorder
- Bi Polar Disorder
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.
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