Colleen's main therapeutic model is psychodynamic but she is also an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner (eye movement desensitisation) for trauma and PTSD as well as Attachment Focused (Parnell Institute). In addition, she is experienced in cognitive behaviour therapy for anxiety difficulties plus trauma. As well as providing psychotherapy and counselling for both individuals and couples in Bradford and the Leeds area, she also offers clinical supervision.
Colleen Heenan (PhD, MSc Psychotherapy, BA Hons, RMN) has worked in Bradford and Leeds since the 1980s. She has considerable experience in working with a range of difficulties: for example, depression & anxiety, eating disorders, relationship problems and traumatic stress disorders. She is an HCPC registered practitioner and can see people through BUPA, AXAPPP, Aviva and Simply Health.
Colleen was a psychiatric nurse before studying psychology & sociology at the University of Leeds followed by post-graduate training in psychotherapy theory, practice and research at the University of Warwick. She was a co-founder of the Leeds Women's Counselling and Therapy Service, worked in an NHS Eating Disorder Clinic in Salford and was a Supervisor at Bradford RELATE.
From 2001-2010 Colleen was a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Bolton . Her research and PhD explored the subject of women and eating problems plus eating disorders therapy. In July 2009 she completed a 3 year NHS clinical research project (REC Reference No: 05/Q1201/54) with obese women to make and maintain a significant weight loss, along with improving their eating behaviour and self-esteem. Colleen has contributed to texts and journals on these subjects and has edited a number of special features in the journal Feminism and Psychology. She is co-editor (with Bruna Seu) of Feminism and Psychotherapy: Reflections on Contemporary Theories and Practices (Sage, 1998). She is also co-author of two books (with Erica Burman et al) - Challenging Women: Psychology's Exclusions, Feminist Possibilities (Open University Press, 1996) and Psychology, Discourse, Practice: From Regulation to Resistance (Taylor and Francis, 1996).
Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.