About Me

“That you are here, that life exists, and identity.  That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse” (Leaves of Grass, 1892)

Hello, I’m Donna, CBT and EMDR therapist, writer and musician.  I run a therapy practice and help musicians and performers who are struggling with their mental health.  I’m also about to begin a PhD in Music Psychology where I will be focusing my time on musicians mental health and looking at how best to support musicians wellbeing.

Donna Maria Bottomley

This is a bit about my background and qualifications:-

BSc (Hons) Psychology 2:1

BSc(Hons) Occupational Therapy 2:1

PG Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

PG Certificate Artists in healthcare settings

PG Diploma Integrative Arts in Health, Education & Community Settings

EMDR Practitioner Training Parts 1-4

Popular Singing – Leeds College of Music

Jazz Singing – Leeds College of Music

Songwriting, Recording and Production – Leeds College of Music and Factory Street Studios

Creative Writing (Poetry) – Manchester Metropolitan University

Creative Writing Short Course – UEA

Arvon Fiction and Poetry Course (Poetry) Jo Shapcott and John Latham

Arvon Songwriting Retreat – Kathryn Williams and Chris Difford

Songwriting Retreat with Martin Sutton (The Songwriting Academy)

City & Guilds 7307 Teaching Adults in Further Education

Certificate in Performance Art – Level 2 – Derby College

Dance Foundation Course – Morley College

Music GCSE – Kingsway College

BBC Introducing Leeds – Song ‘Dragons and Lions’ played. July 2015

BBC Introducing Shropshire. Song ‘Ladies’ played March 2017

UK Songwriting Competition. Four songs commended 2015.

Awarded a Millennium Award (‘Real Lives Real People’) to set up a community dance project with mental health service users.

Acquired funding to set up, write and distribute a newsletter for mental health service users: ‘The Right Angle’.

Received an award from the Derby Telegraph/ Combined Insurance ‘Make it Happen’ scheme to produce a sensory garden for the acute psychiatric unit at Derby City Hospital.


Poem: ‘Ascent of a memory’ The Guardian. 2008.

Visual Art Installation: ‘First and Last’. Making Words Exhibition. Bilston Gallery.

Poem ‘Deliberate Bubbles?’ “Expressions from the Heart of England 2005”. Anchor Books, Peterborough.

Poem ‘Integrated’ Published in ‘The Power of Words’. 2004. Forward Press.

Poem ‘Integrated’ published on BBC Talent Showcase. 2004

‘Ensorcelling the muse’. Anthology produced as part of the Fiction & Poetry course at the Ted Hughes Centre, Lumb Bank: Arvon Foundation. 2004

A Review of the Arts and Mental Health in Derby City & Amber Valley. 2004. Commissioned by Amber Valley Borough Council.

Poem: ‘The Sea Orphan’. ‘Art Works in Mental Health’ touring exhibition. 2003. Royal Academy of Art; Cardiff; Manchester; Birmingham; Edinburgh.

‘Beginning to End’ Wild Thyme Writers Group Anthology. 2002.

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