Hello, I am Bethan Manford. I am a UKCP Accredited and Registered Psychotherapist under the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College & a private practitioner with ADMP UK.
I have been practicing for over ten years with adults, children and families within the National Health Service (NHS) within the fields of mental health, disability, neurodevelopmental disorders and specialist neonatal care. I have experience in mental health within the community and also worked within inpatient NHS settings. I have assessed and supported those with diagnoses of personality disorders, anxiety, depression, psychosis, trauma and other conditions. I work collaboratively with the aim of understanding what has happened in ones life and how this impacts on communication, relationships and interactions.
I have specialist perinatal experience working with parents. I work inclusively with mothers and fathers during the antenatal and postnatal period and have a specialist role working with premature or sick term babies and parents when their baby is in the NICU and when they transition home with their newborn. I also offer support for parents whose baby dies to support them with the profound loss and grief. I am passionate about my work with mothers and babies and have furthered my skills in this area through my training in Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) which is an evidence based approach within UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines.
My training incorporated an in-depth focus on the body, movement and nonverbal communication. I believe that the body is an important entity when exploring our emotional and psychological selves. I encourage consideration of mind-body integration using a variety of approaches including mindfulness, body and movement psychotherapy, narrative, systemic, person centred or psychodynamic. I am also an Iyengar yoga teacher and my studies have further developed my understanding of the body, mind and breath. My focus is around supporting you to think about positive aspects of your life and strengths alongside sharing concerns. I believe that people are experts of their own lives and I aim to help you experience that, working collaboratively on goals you want to focus on.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) maintained. Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS); fully cleared.
Video Interaction Guidance Practitioner and Trainee Supervisor AVIGUK, UKCP Accredited and Registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist (HIPC: Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College, ADMP: Association of Dance and Movement Psychotherapy), Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. MA, BSc
Other Continued Professional Development (CPD):
Working with children, young people and families: a psychoanalytic observational approach. Tavistock and Portman (in process)
Infertility Counselling Foundation Course
Safeguarding children (level 3)
Working with people who have experienced Trauma
Death and Complex Bereavement.
Working with people who Self Harm or have Suicidal Ideation.
Integrative Model for Working with refugees.
Integrative Assessment Formulation and Planning.
Maddy: "It really helps to be listened to. I was worried about thoughts and emotions I was experiencing and wanted reassurance that these were okay"
Aaliyah: "It was really helpful to reflect on the birth of my baby which I found traumatic. I was worried about the bond and around feelings I had about becoming a mother"
Laila: "The sessions gave me a space to share my thoughts and emotions entering motherhood. I needed a place to honestly share and things I experienced but worried about what those around me would say or think"
Taylor: "I had worries about our bonding. I learnt to observe my baby and interact in a way to build our connection"
Get In Touch
Contact me today to learn more or to book a session.
Bethan Manford. 07800986381