Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that emphasises the important role of ‘thinking’ in how we feel and how that affects what we do.

Focusing on how you think about the things going on in your life (your thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes, your past experiences and how these things relate to your current problems) our work then looks at ways you can change negative patterns of thinking or behaviour and process them in a more constructive way.

Your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, often trapping you in a negative spiral. CBT helps you stop these negative cycles, breaking down factors that are making you feel depressed or anxious so that they become more manageable. It shows you how to change these negative patterns to improve the way you think and feel.

During our therapy sessions we work together toward finding strategies that will achieve your specific goals. I will help you learn to observe your thoughts and beliefs and then to identify and understand their link to your thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

'I can’t recommend Hadassah highly enough. My daughter started to meet with her during her second year of college. At the time she was suffering from anxiety and depression, and would hide away in her room, isolating herself. Hadassah’s compassion and empathy has turned her life around. My daughter completed and passed her A levels, and started at her first choice of university. She has returned to being a vibrant, confident person, taking part, and enjoying in all aspects of university life.' Ms K, Worcestershire

How Many Sessions Will I Need?

The duration of therapy varies from one person to another. Following an initial assessment consultation it should be possible to provide an indication of what length of commitment might be applicable to you. Regular sessions last for 50 minutes and are usually weekly to begin with, sometimes becoming less frequent as you progress.

I practice at Cheltenham Mediation and Therapy Rooms in the centre of Cheltenham and from my home in Overbury, a tranquil village in the Cotswolds within easy reach of Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Evesham, Gloucester and Worcester.

Appointments are on weekdays, by prior arrangement.

'Seeing Hadassah has provided me with the opportunity to recognise and challenge some of the things which I have carried around for years. Things that were making me feel sad and often worthless. Occasionally it’s been challenging, but it has always been worth it. Hadassah has an incredibly genuine and consistent compassionate nature, which creates a safe environment from the very beginning.' Mrs B, Overbury

Hadassah Townend is a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and is a member of the BACP and BABCP Associations. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that emphasises the important role of ‘thinking’ in how we feel and how that affects what we do.