About DMB Therapy

Hello, I’m Donna Maria Bottomley, welcome to my website. 


Please note I work with adults only, click here if you are looking for therapy for young people/children


My next appointment will be available: 8th November 2022


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.

I have also written a book that explains a new way to offload and process feelings. Take a look here.

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.


Here are the directories and websites where you can see my details:






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!

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.

Here’s the link to my course on UDEMY

Consulting services

If you would like to have a general consultation about mental health, therapy or therapists, for example if you are writing about this area and would like to check out the right terminology or how an emotion would best be described and what it might look like in terms of gestures or actions. Or how best to describe a particular mental health issue, then book a consultation and I will aim to answer your questions as accurately and respectfully as possible. There are a lot of terms used in mental health and some can be unhelpful and overly pathological.


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
Elaine Aron Approved Therapist for Sensory Processing Sensitivity / HSP.
Introduction to Deep Brain Reorienting by Dr Frank Corrigan
Emotion Regulation Therapy Training
Sound Therapy Level 1 Certificate – Sound Healing Academy