ELIZABETH ZARA BUTLER MBACP (Accred) COUNSELLING     Berkshire and Buckinghamshire



In addition to my private practice, I worked for the Student Counselling Service at Royal Holloway, University of London from 2015 to 2019, and for 6 years at the Windsor & Maidenhead Youth and Community Counselling Service.

I am a Registered and Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) - meaning my post-qualification practice met their higher standards for Accreditation. I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for the counselling professions.

Prior to becoming a counsellor, I initially worked for a large broadcasting corporation, progressing to a complex managerial role responsible for multiple teams across a busy 24/7 environment. I understand from first-hand experience the pressures of a demanding workplace. I decided to change direction, qualifying as a yoga teacher in addtion to undertaking counselling training while raising my children.

Having taught yoga and relaxation classes for 15 years, I have substantial experience in offering mindfulness and breathing practices which help alleviate anxiety and stress.

I am an experienced counsellor with over 3.000 clinical hours of counselling experience since qualifying in 2014. I continue to engage in a variety of CPD (Continuining Professional Development) training, have regular professional supervision, professional indemnity insurance, and a DBS Enhanced Certificate. Click here to find me on the BACP register, Certificate No: 094296.


      BACP Certificate of Accreditation for Individual Practitioners

      Foundation Degree (FdSc) in Humanistic Counselling (BACP Accredited course).

      Certificate in Counselling Skills

      BA (Hons) English Literature

    International Diploma in Teaching Yoga (FRYOG)

A selection of additional training includes:

      Polyvagal Theory In Action: Creating Safety & Connection with Trauma Clients

(with Deb Dana, author of 'The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy')

      Moving Your Practice Online

(Online Therapy Institute)

      Trauma and the body

(Royal Holloway University of London)

      Web of Shame

(with Christiane Sanderson, lecturer in psychology and counselling at University of Roehampton)

      New Approaches to Working with Bodies Today

(with Dr Susie Orbach, psychotherapist and author of 'Fat is a Feminist Issue' 1978, 'Hunger Strike' 1986, and 'Bodies' 2018, and others)


      Eating disorders and disordered eating

(with Professor Julia Buckroyd, author of 'Understanding Your Eating')

      Sexual abuse

      Working with young people

(3 day training)

      Neuroscience, emotions and the body


(Royal Holloway University of London)

      Working with clients with a mental health diagnosis; Borderline Personality Disorder; Psychosis; (x 3 days)

(with Dr Rachel Freeth, psychiatrist and counsellor, author of 'Humanising Psychiatry and Mental Health Care' )

      Domestic Abuse

(2 day training)

      Working with racial and cultural difference

(with Mike Worrall, lecturer at The Metanoia Institute)

      Grief works

(online, Julia Samuel, author of 'Grief Works')

      Child protection

      Loss and bereavement

      Single Session Therapy

(with Professor Windy Dryden, author/editor of over 200 books


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