• Cheryl Hopcroft
  • Judy Poll
  • Therese Bradshaw
My personal statement

In my work I often talk about being 'True to self'. What I mean when I say this is to have the ability to stand grounded in life no matter what circumstances occur; like the willow tree by the river bank which can withstand storms, wind, rain, hail and occasional flooding rains. So, you as an individual can become 'true to self', steadfast and grounded to prevail whatever life throws at you.

About me

I have been in practice for over 20 years specialising in: managing anxiety, OCD and depression, relationship concerns, sexual issues including affairs, work stress and conflict; bullying and harassment, life stage and career changes and grieving.

The purpose of the therapy is to help you manage your life better and empower you with increased self-confidence.

I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy plus a number of different therapeutic approaches depending on the problem presented. I am a supportive and direct therapist and I will give you feedback.

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Who am I?

Hey there! I am a psychologist and have been working with the team at Psychology4life for several years now. Young people, adults, men and women come and talk to me here at Psychology4life for many reasons;

  • Maybe because they are finding that worrying is taking over their life,
  • They are tired of feeling sad and low.
  • Some people talk about how their relationships with family or friends are not going well,
  • That they have lost something or someone important.
  • Other times, people come and talk about the fact that though their life looks ok on the outside, it feels like something’s missing, or not quite right on the inside.

As a wise teenager once said; -

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

(Ferris Bueller, 1986).

Counselling is a chance to stop, and look around at your life, do a stocktake if you like. We talk about what’s working and what’s not. We plan how you can try different ways to manage the unhelpful thoughts, difficult feelings and then do what matters in your life.

I have been trained in, and use a lot of, different counselling theories including cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, solution focused therapy and mindfulness (ACT) techniques. Besides a Masters in Psychology, I have undertaken extra training in family therapy, and so at times, we can choose to invite other people, like family members, into a session. From time to time, I also run group programs, such as ‘Tuning in to Kids: emotionally intelligent parenting’, and ‘From Alarm to Calm: Living well with Anxiety’.

Life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.


I believe we can live a rich, meaningful life filled with vitality, if we can figure out the kind of person we want to be, then take clear steps towards becoming that person. I work hard to be a guide in this journey who is active, warm, down to earth, a little bit challenging, (-: and always encouraging of people's strengths and talents.

I am available on:

Monday day/evenings, Thursday day/evenings, and Saturdays

I have special interest in:
  • Family relationships
  • Young people
  • Anxiety
  • Parenting
About me

With over 25 years working in public healthcare and community health settings initially as a Registered Nurse, I am now an experienced Registered Psychologist working in private practice. I have a particular interest in the area of emotional well being and physical health, and provide counselling to individuals and couples. Whilst respecting individual differces I understand that, given the opportunity it is possible for people to make helpful and lasting changes that will enhance the quality of their relationships and improve well being.

By providing counselling in a non-judgemental and caring atmosphere I encourage clients to be curious about their current circumstances, and with ongoing support, encurage them to take responsibility for exploring alternatives and learning to make more helpful choices.

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