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Biography – Beverly Coghlan – ACT/EMDR/CBT


I am a specialist trauma psychotherapist. I use my nursing knowledge and experience alongside my scientific knowledge to inform the interventions I provide. On leaving school I trained as a (then) state registered nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. After becoming a ward sister I retrained as a clinical scientist, undertaking a degree in Physiology at University College, London and a masters degree in Biopharmacy at King’s College London. I then spent the next twenty years working in clinical research, both in the pharmaceutical industry and in academia. Twelve years ago I read for another master’s degree at Southampton University in Health Psychology. This was a course that seemed to draw together all of my past experience and which sparked an interest in psychotherapy.
Beverly Coghlan

The NHS (primary care and secondary care), prisons and the student counselling service at The University of Chichester have all been locations for my clinical work. In all of these different settings I have worked with people who need help overcoming PTSD and other anxiety disorders; as well as those with depression and with severe and enduring mental health problems.

My main treatment modality is ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) which comes under the umbrella of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I have additional training in EMDR to enhance my work with with people who have experienced trauma.

I have a special interest in working with people who have experienced any kind of trauma – single incident (such as road traffic accidents and sexual assault) or enduring (such as domestic/childhood abuse and work related trauma).  I work particularly with adolescents and young people.

I currently devote a part of my working week to the national charity Assist Traumacare ( ) and work with people who have been bereaved through a traumatic death. I also work with the police, fire service and paramedics ( helping them to return to work.

My most recent publications arise from a research project on mind-body healing conducted in the Department of Primary Care Medicine at Southampton University.

My training sessions for professionals (and aspiring professionals) are popular and well-attended. I regularly lecture final year and masters psychology students at The University of Chichester.

I am accredited as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist with the BABCP and  I am registered as a general nurse by the Nursing and Midwifery council (NMC). I am bound by the ethical code of conduct of both professional bodies.

I am an accredited member of the EMDR Association for UK and Ireland and also the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.  I regularly attend courses for continuing professional development and keep abreast of research and developments in my field of interest.