SIMON HARPER MSc CBP (Distinction) PG Dip BA (Hons) BABCP Accredited



"We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves" Dalai Lama

MSc CBP ( Distinction ), PG Dip CBP, PG Cert CBP, Adv Dip CBT, Dip EH P NLP, BA Hons

From 2006 - 2010 I studied at the University of Derby, where in 2007, I completed a University Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Skills and Studies. I then enrolled on Derby University's internationally renowned Master of Science ( MSc ) in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy ( CBP). In 2008 I completed the Post Graduate Certificate in CBP and in 2009 the Post Graduate Diploma in CBP. In 2010 I completed the MSc in CBP and was awarded a distinction.

I have also completed Parts 1, 2 & 3 in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing ( EMDR ) by the renowned trainer, Sandi Richman. Having completed the basic training, I then spent 2 years under supervision with an EMDR Consultant and in January 2012 became an Accredited Practitioner with the EMDR Association. 

Prior to my training at Derby University, I worked as a Samaritan for a year and completed an introductory counselling course at Oxford University CE. My interest in psychotherapy and psychology started in 1985 and in 1988 I completed my psychology/sociology degree at the University of Worcester ( BA Hons ). In 1992 I also qualified as a Practitioner of Eriksonian Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and NLP and was awarded a Diploma ( BHR ).

I have also attended a variety of workshops delivered by experts in the field. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, a 10 week course: MBCT, Christine Padesky: Personality disorders/Resilience, Paul Salkovskis: OCD/Health Anxiety, David Clark: Social Phobia, Nick Grey: PTSD, Ann Hackmann: Imagery, Emily Holmes: Imagery, Jeffrey Young: Schema Therapy NPD, Christopher Fairburn: Eating Disorders, Paul Gilbert: Compassionate Mind, Martina Meuller/James Bennett-Levy: Behavioural Experiments, Martina Mueller/Deborah Lee/Ann Hackmann: PTSD, Edward Watkins: Rumination-Focused CBT, David Westbrook, Helen Kennerley, Martina Mueller/Anne Stewart: Formulation, Ray Novaco: Anger, Ann Ehlers: PTSD, Jack Rachman: OCD, Sandi Richman: Complex Trauma & EMDR, BABCP Annual Conference, Laurel Parnell: EMDR in the Treatment of Adults Abused as Children, Robyn Walser: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Theory and Treatment, Stephen Hayes: Developing Skills in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. 

I also worked for over 2 years at the Peel Medical Practice in Tamworth, where I was treating patients with a range of disorders, including depression, addiction, anxiety disorders, PTSD and complex trauma. I now work in private practice in Cheltenham. 

Lastly I am also the sole author of the following paper. 'An examination of structural dissociation of the personality and the implications for cognitive behavioural therapy.' It was published in June 2011 via Cambridge Journals, in the peer reviewed journal, The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist. 


"As a first experience of EMDR I was amazed by the instant and powerful results. My feelings before and after EMDR could not have been more different. Simon was able to take me from a highly stressful and anxious state to one of calm and clarity. The experience itself was surprising in its simplicity, deeply cleansing and very insightful and with Simon's expert guidance through the whole process, EMDR gave me a confidence and an 'at peace with myself' feeling during a time when I was under immense personal pressure." - Amy