Cassandra Manning

Hello, I’m Cassandra. I work as an Arts Psychotherapist and Counsellor and I use both talking therapy and creative practice in my work. I aim to bring a down-to-earth open approach to my practice, with the intention of building strong and collaborative working relationships. I usually work on a mid or long term basis, so 16-20 sessions (4-6 months) or more.

My training is Integrative, meaning I use a range of complementary theoretical viewpoints in my practice, and the possibility of exploration through creative process. This flexibility allows a unique approach for each individual.

I have worked with clients experiencing difficulty with low self-esteem and confidence issues; depression and anxiety; fierce self-criticism; self-harm and bulimia; grief and loss; suicidal thoughts; loss of emotion and overwhelming emotion; separation and divorce; relationship issues; sexual and emotional abuse; trauma and dissociation; the effects of bullying; difficulties with identity; gender dysphoria and transgender identity; experiences of guilt and shame; existential issues and major life changes.

I’m registered with the Humanistic and Integrative College of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Association of Arts Therapists (BAAT),
and am bound by the ethics and professional codes of practice of these bodies.

In addition to my work with Cambridge Counselling Service, I work in private practice in Cambridge and London. I’m have also worked for the NHS (as part of CPFT’s CAMHS Adolescent Intensive Support team (IST)) and have varied experience in NHS and multi-agency settings.

Use of the arts in therapy

Using the arts as part of therapy isn’t to do with being an artist; in fact, it’s quite usual for me to work with people who have little or no experience of using the arts in their adult life.

The arts work with a part of us which can be under-used or forgotten as we grow into adulthood, but can be of great value when words aren’t enough to adequately convey the depth of our experience. They can help
contain emotion, create distance and objectivity and provide a bridge between feeling and thought. In this way the arts can help us to make sense of and move beyond our difficulties.

In my practice I have used arts with young people and adults from 13 to 82 years of age. The integration of arts with talking therapy is usually something like 70% talking to 30% arts; this varies, of course, according
to individual need and from session to session.

I use a wide range of materials in my practice, including sand tray and objects (natural and man-made), postcards, paper, pencils, clay, charcoals, pastels and paint.

Qualifications and accreditations

 • MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (London Metropolitan University)

 • Dip. Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (Institute for Arts in Therapy
and Education)

 • Advanced Dip. Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts
(London Met.)

 • Cert. Therapeutic Counselling with Adolescents (IATE)

 • Cert. Counselling and Psychotherapy (Centre for Counselling and
Psychotherapy in Education)

 • UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) 2011165162

 • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) AS 15116

 • British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT) 40250

I am available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, day time and evenings.

Cassandra Manning