About us


Hello and welcome to Therapy North West. We support the wellbeing of adults and young people in a number of different ways. We believe that life can be challenging and hard; we have tricky brains to contend with and a number of different pressures and demands in life.

Individuals often have difficult upbringings which they did not choose and many people experience things during their life which can then lead to daily struggles.

We do not believe that these things make us ‘abnormal’ or ‘ill’, but that there are times when each of us require support and guidance to work through difficulties and what has happened to us.

Who are we?

Dr Zandra Bamford (BSc, MSc, DClinPsy) is the founder of Therapy North West. Zandra is registered with the Health Care Professionals Council.

Zandra has worked within secondary care mental health services in the NHS for 15 years and is currently employed as a Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist for secondary care, Zandra has worked clinically within crisis, inpatient and community services and within research in an alcohol misuse sevice. Zandra has a special interest in complex trauma, it’s impact on the autonomic nervous system and the non-pathologising of distress. Zandra has a degree in Psychology (1997) Masters in substance and alcohol misuse (2000), Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (2005) and has completed multiple training courses post doctoral training in CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy), Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT informed working), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), IFS (Internal Family Systems), DBT skills training, voice dialogue, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Non-violent communication, Somatic Psychology, Mindfulness and Complex Trauma. Zandra is also trained to deliver the Safe and Sound Protocol.

Zandra utilises this training and experience to offer an individualised formulation and therapy often incorporating two or more models with a focus on both the body and the mind.

Therapy NorthWest is particularly passionate about Internal Family Systems Therapy because of its deeply non pathologising stance, ability to create safety for all parts of the self to be welcome and known, and not least it’s capacity for deep healing.


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