Neil Dowsland

Neil Dowsland - counsellor at Victoria Therapy Centre in Saltaire

My name is Neil Dowsland and I offer EMDR and Counselling.

I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a member of the EMDR Association UK and Ireland.

To contact me directly:


T: 07738 568364


I have experience within several NHS trusts providing psychological therapy for adults experiencing a wide variety of psychological difficulties and also within private practice.  

I have a specific interest the psychological impact of trauma; this could be a ‘one off’ overwhelming event, such as car accident or violent attack, or a series of events or experiences stretching back to childhood, such as abuse or poor relationships with early attachment figures.  Such experiences can continue to cause difficulties in the present with symptoms often being anxiety, depression, hypervigilance, hopelessness, dissociation, alterations in self-perception, difficulty managing emotions, nightmares or panic. 

I have completed advanced training with Dr Laurel Parnell, the developer of Attachment-Focused EMDR (AF-EMDR), which approaches trauma from a relational perspective. Relational trauma (or Complex-PTSD) occurs in the context of relationships where there has been a profound violation of human connection and where healthly attachment is significantly impared. This can be in adult life, but it is also very common for this to occur in the formative years with a parent, primary caregiver, teacher, relative or any significant other. It may result as a failure to provide adequate care or attend to a child’s emotional needs; it may follow neglect, bullying, abandonment, traumatic loss, physical, sexual or emotional abuse committed by a person of trust or being raised in a dysfunctional family. 


  • Higher Education Diploma in Relational Therapeutic Counselling and Psychotherapy, Leeds Beckett University (BACP Accredited).
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies; Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body.
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills; Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body.


  • Attachment Focussed EMDR, Dr Laurel Parnell – Advanced Clinical Workshop.
  • Attachment Focussed EMDR, EMDR Focus, CCPE London.
  • EMDR Flash Technique, Dr. Philip Manfield
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, EMDR Europe Accredited Training.
  • Sand tray therapy
  • Trauma and the body
  • Therapeutic crisis intervention

Neil Dowsland is an Accredited Member of the BACP
Neil Dowsland is a member of EMDR UK & Ireland


Sessions are charged at £50 per hour

For more information please contact me directly on 07738 568364 or email