Please note I am offering Zoom or Phone appointments only at present.
I also want to reassure you that I have been working online with clients since 2014 and also have the training and insurance cover required to carry out this work safely.
Hello, I’m Donna Maria Bottomley, welcome to my website.
I can offer you the space to explore feelings of anxiety, work with the impact of past traumas or just general feelings of worry or stress.
Send me an email:-email@example.com
I’ll get back to you as soon as I can to arrange an appointment.
Alternatively you can book an appointment now by clicking this link and my booking system will let you know the next appointment available.
*** If you are feeling actively suicidal or if it is an emergency please do contact your local crisis team and out of hours GP to make them aware prior to contacting me. ***
I offer four different therapies (CBT, Brainspotting, EMDR and Expressive Writing therapy). I am a BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, a Certified Brainspotting therapist, an EMDR Therapist and am also accredited with the National Counselling Society (MNCS). I’ve also been a Clinical Supervisor for PWP’s and CBT Therapists in the NHS IAPT service where I used to work.
These are the organisations I am accredited & registered by:-
Accreditation and registration are important because they give assurance that the therapist you are seeing has been appropriately trained, updates their practice regularly, receives regular clinical supervision, and abides by a code of conduct for professional standards in their work.
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Insurance and DBS CHECK
I hold professional indemnity and liability insurance with BALENS and have been Enhanced checked by the DBS register (previously known as the criminal records bureau service).
New online course available!
Are you looking for an alternative to traditional talking therapies?
Would you like to be able to use writing to offload and process how you feel?
I have put together a course which will show you a new way of managing emotions and how to use Pennebaker’s Expressive writing technique with this to offload and process feelings such as stress, anxiety, low mood, sadness, guilt and feeling generally dissatisfied with your life.
I’ve deliberately priced the course so that it is less than half the cost of a standard therapy session at £24.99 although Udemy do sometimes have special offers so if you add it to your wish list you might find they send an offer to you to when one is available.
Running alongside my therapy work I have been involved in creative writing projects and training since 2002. I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Arts for Health, Education & Community settings, as well as a Journal Therapy Diploma, and many other short courses in Songwriting, Singing and Poetry & Creative Writing. My work and training means that as well as creating and expressing myself through writing, I also have a passion for helping people to express themselves and heal through creative writing methods.
BSc (Hons) Psychology 2:1
BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy 2:1
PG Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
PG Certificate Artists in healthcare settings
PG Diploma Integrative Arts in Health, Education & Community Settings
Diploma in Journal Therapy
EMDR Practitioner Training All Parts 1-4
IAPT Clinical Supervisor training
General Certificate in Online Counselling & Therapy Part 1 (ACTO) City & Guilds Teaching Adults in Further Education
Phase 1, 2 and Masterclass in Brainspotting therapy
Writing a Memoir course – Curtis Brown Creative (Online 6 weeks)
Writer’s Workshop & Conference – Hay House Publishing
Popular Singing – Leeds College of Music
Jazz Singing – Leeds College of Music
Songwriting – Factory Street Studios
Recording and Production – Leeds College of Music
Creative Writing (Poetry) – Manchester Metropolitan University
Creative Writing Short Course – UEA
Arvon Retreats x 3
Arvon Creative Writing Course (Poetry) Jo Shapcott
Arvon Songwriting Retreat – Kathryn Williams and Chris Difford
Songwriting Retreat with Martin Sutton (The Songwriting Academy)
Visual & Performing Arts – University of Brighton
Dance Foundation Course – Morley College