Dr Lesley McGown Psychotherapy, Counselling & Supervision in Cheltenham

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My Qualifications & Professional Experience

Training to be a UKCP registered psychotherapist involves many years of post-graduate study.

My professional qualifications include:

Doctorate in Psychotherapy
Master of Science in Integrative Psychotherapy
Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy
Post Diploma certification in relationship counselling

I have also undertaken specialist training in the treatment of trauma and have a particular expertise in working with dissociative disorders.

My post graduate training as a relational integrative psychotherapist, including doctoral research, has extended over a period of more than nine years. My principal training organisation, the London based Metanoia Institute, is recognised as one of the leading training bodies within the therapeutic field in the UK. It has maintained a reputation for clinical and academic excellence since its foundation in the early 1980s. Graduate and post graduate qualifications are validated by Middlesex University.

More recently, given the growing body of research into the benefits of yoga, not only in improving a general sense of wellbeing, but specifically in the treatment of trauma, I was inspired to undertake teacher training in the philosophy and practice of yoga. This led to the award of:

RYA Yoga Alliance 200 hour Teacher Training Diploma.

Special Project: Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY), an approach developed in the USA in collaboration with Bessel van der Kolk, a leading world expert in the field of trauma and author of the seminal book: 'The Body Keeps the Score: Mind, Brain and Body in the Transformation of Trauma'.


I am registered as an Integrative Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy UKCP and abide by their Code of Ethics.

Professional Experience

As well as my work in Private Practice, I have clinical experience in various mental health settings. These include Psychological Services within the NHS and a specialist charity offering therapy to adult survivors of child abuse. I have also worked within an organisational setting addressing employee stress, a counselling agency offering help to both individuals and couples, and I have co-founded a school counselling service where I worked therapeutically with adolescents for a number of years.

I have experience working as a Specialist Consultant Psychotherapist with the London Clinic for Dissociative Studies. and am presently an External Examiner for Metanoia Institute.

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