The Old Surgery
34 High Street
Hello, my name is Kate Hardy and I am a BACP Registered Counsellor and BACP Accredited Counsellor/ Psychotherapist offering individual and couples counselling in Leighton Buzzard since 2006. I am based in the Old Surgery Counselling and Therapy, which is a small team of seven counsellors working from comfortable ground floor therapy rooms in the centre of town. I hold a degree in Counselling (Level 6) from the University of Middlesex and a Diploma in Supervision with the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute, which is a Psychodynamic supervisory training.
Counselling and therapy can help you with specific issues that may be troubling you. It can also be a longer journey of self discovery leading to lasting change. You may find counselling helpful if you would like to: talk through difficult experiences you are having; develop skills and self confidence; adjust to changed circumstances; think through tough decisions; understand yourself better; deal with problem thoughts, behaviour or relationships; or face painful issues from the past.
I provide short term counselling for individuals and couples, and also longer term therapy for individuals, with daytime or evening appointments. My approach is gentle, supportive and respectful, working from an Integrative perspective. I work with every individual as a whole person, including feelings, thoughts and behaviour as well as their inner "heart".
I have been in private practice in the Leighton Buzzard area for more than twelve years now, providing both short term and longer term help. Over that time I have helped more than 500 individuals with issues including: trauma, bereavement, generalised anxiety, depression, low self esteem, OCD, problem drinking and drug use, personality disorder, anger management, work-related stress, as well as many couples seeking help with relationship breakdowns, difficulties and changes. I also supervise counsellors and other professionals, and teach on the Open University/ CPCAB Foundation Degree in Counselling.
Looking back, I spent my life going from one bad relationship to the next and now, finally, I have broken the pattern – for good! So thank you for all your help and guidance in getting to where I needed – and deserved – to be.” Jayne, 35
“Counselling helped me to accept myself and be proud of who I am” Simon, 29
“Since the sessions I have started a new project and am feeling excited about the new year for the first time in many years. Watch this space!” Christopher, 51
“Nothing can bring back what I lost but thank you for helping me through my darkest days. I can move forward with my life now” Marilyn, 30
The Old Surgery - Meet the Team
I am also the practice manager for the Old Surgery, which is a small team of six counsellors in Leighton Buzzard. We are all members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and committed to working to the highest professional standards, but our varying levels of experience mean we are able to offer a range of prices starting at £15 per hour for our low cost counselling service. My aspiration is that at the Old Surgery, you will find the right help at the right time for you.
Jean Harding, Associate Senior Counsellor, Dip. Couns MBACP (Accred
Jean Harding has been working as a counsellor since 2003, and joined the Old Surgery in 2015. Jean is a BACP Registered and Accredited counsellor and holds a Gestalt Centre diploma in counselling and a Metanoia certificate in couples counselling.
Jean says: ” I am interested in helping people to develop increased self-awareness, to let go of old patterns of behaviour, to deal with unfinished business and to move forward with their lives.
I chose to train in Gestalt because of its breadth, richness and creativity. I enjoy the holistic nature of the Gestalt approach which focuses on body and spirit as well as mind and emotion.
I have also completed further training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and find that some clients enjoy this more structured approach which explores the connections between thoughts feelings and behaviours.
My background is in health information, as a manager of both a local health helpline and then a national helpline for the RNIB. This gave me experience in helping people facing a wide range of health issues and this continues to be a special interest for me. My other specialist areas include: anxiety and panic attacks; bereavement and loss; relationship difficulties and work related issues such as bullying, stress, or redundancy. I aim to offer a balance of support and constructive challenge, and to provide you with a safe space where you can slow down and take time to reflect.
What Jean’s clients say:
“The service was excellent, very helpful, and has helped me on my way to a happier start to my new life” [B – female, age 53]
“A huge thank you for all your help, support and challenging questions over the past weeks. I couldn’t have reached where I am today without it.” [K – female – age 29]
Thank you for helping me to see that things can change…you have empowered me to move forward with my life [F – female – age 40]
Appointments are available Monday-Wednesday, from 9am to 6.30pm.
Dawn Hodge, Associate Registered Counsellor Dip. Counselling (Level 5), MBACP
Dawn Hodge holds a BTEC Edexcel Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Level 5), and is a Registered Counsellor and member of BACP. Dawn works as a School Counsellor. She has been in practice at the Old Surgery since 2013. Dawn introduces herself:
“I have a passion to help people make changes in a therapeutic way.”
Do you ever feel stuck with problems and difficulties in your life? Sometimes, it can seem so much easier to just accept things. You don’t have to – you have choices. Since 2012 I have been working with individuals and couples to help people make positive choices for change. I am a Registered Counsellor with a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Edexcel Level 5), and a registered member of BACP. I am an Associate Registered Counsellor at the Old Surgery in Leighton Buzzard, where I have been practising since 2013, and also have experience in schools work and with Brook counselling.
I have experience in working with the impact of domestic and sexual violence, bereavement, anxiety, PTSD (including use of the Rewind technique), self-esteem, issues around pregnancy including infertility, termination, stillbirth and miscarriage, and issues affecting students.
I also have facilitation skills and facilitate Behaviour Change workshops for CSUK (NLP).
What Dawn’s clients say:
“We cannot thank you enough Dawn. And we are both positive about the future thanks to you” (Maria and Neil, not real names)
“We feel you have helped us so much and that we now communicate so much better and will continue to improve on that. We would like to thank you very much for all your time and patience” (Sean and Emma)
“You have truly helped us save our marriage and resolve our problems and we are so grateful for your guidance” (Stuart and Lisa)
“We would definitely come straight back to you if things get rocky again as you have really helped us” (Sam and Chris)
Simonetta Juniper, Registered Counsellor, BSc, Dip. Counselling (Level 4) MBACP
Simonetta is a Registered Counsellor and a member of BACP. She has a degree in Psychology (BSc with Honours) from the Open University. She began her counselling training in 2012 and obtained a Level 4 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling from Aylesbury College in 2014. Simonetta says:
“I feel that everyone has the necessary inner resources to work through their own issues but sometimes life events can get in the way of our ability to see the way forward. I believe that counselling can offer the necessary support to regain focus and inner strength to live a happy and fulfilled life.
“I have been working within the Social Care setting for the past 9 years and this has allowed me to gain a great deal of experience in dealing with people from all walks of life. I am passionate about my personal development and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to help people with the use of talking therapies. I am training in an Integrative way which gives me the opportunity to use a number of different approaches, according to the need of each individual.”
Lubna Hussain, Registered Counsellor MSc Counselling Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma in CBT. Lubna is a member of BACP and a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner in the NHS.
After graduating with a BSc in Human Psychology I worked for a few years as a Mental Health Recovery Worker. During this time I grew interested in counselling and decided to complete my MSc Counselling Psychology at Keele University. Since then, I have been a volunteer counsellor in various counselling services such as the Asian Family Counselling Service, Northampton Counselling Service and Coventry Haven (a WomensAid charity).
I am currently employed as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner at NHS Hertfordshire where I use low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help people experiencing common difficulties such as low mood, stress, anger, worry and anxiety.
I am trained to work in a person-centred way which means that I believe an individual has an inherent need to fulfil their potential in many areas of their lives. I believe that counselling gives an opportunity for individuals to explore this ‘self-actualisation’ in an empathetic and genuine environment where you have freedom to speak without fear of judgement.
Sonia George, Counsellor
Sonia is a member of BACP and a Counsellor for Milton Keynes MIND.
I am studying for a CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Pastoral Counselling. I pursued studies into Counselling as a result of my experience in a helping capacity both in my local church and my role as a manager in the banking industry to widen my understanding, enhance my skills and develop as a Counsellor.
I believe that counselling provides an opportunity for people facing difficult challenges in their lives to talk through their feelings and be empowered to find their own solutions in a safe and comfortable space.
I am being trained in an integrative way with the person-centred approach as my core theoretical model where I will listen to people empathetically in a non-judgemental manner to assist them to look at their problems.
Kate Hardy, Associate Senior Counsellor and Supervisor, MA MBACP (Accred)
Kate Hardy is a BACP Registered and Accredited counsellor/ psychotherapist with more than twelve years’ experience working with individuals and couples in the NHS, industry and private practice. She holds a BA in Counselling with the University of Middlesex and a Diploma in Clinical Supervision with the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute. She also has been teaching since 2010 on the Open University/ CPCAB Foundation Degree in Counselling.
“I saw Kate for a number of sessions to talk through issues causing me to suffer from a high level of anxiety. Her professional, experienced and caring expertise were a massive help in dealing with the things that affected me and allowed me to move on.” Joseph, 35
If you would like to know more, please email via this site, visit our website katehardycounselling.co.uk, or call 01582 673 997 or 07979 654124 for a no-obligation initial appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis, Berne Institute, 2017 (pending)
Attachment Narrative Therapy, Bowlby Centre, 2016
Diploma in Clinical Supervision, Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute 2016
BACP Registered Independent Counsellor 2009
BACP Accredited Counsellor/ Psychotherapist 2009
BA (hons) Counselling University of Middlesex (first class) 2006
MA Health Studies University of Leeds 1986
BA (hons) Sociology University of Essex 1984
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Long term and short term therapy
Anxiety and OCD
Depression and low self esteem
Bereavement and Loss
Small group work
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Fees from September 2015:
Senior Associate Counsellor Kate Hardy:
Individual counselling and therapy £50 per hour
Couples counselling £55 per hour or £65 for 90 minutes
Supervision £60 per 90 minute session, or £35 per person per hour for groups of three.
Senior Associate Counsellor Jean Harding:
Individual counselling and therapy £50 per hour
Couples counselling £55 per hour or £65 for 90 minutes
Registered Associate Counsellor Dawn Hodge:
Individual counselling £40 per hour.
Couples counselling £45 per hour or £55 for 90 minutes
Registered Associate Counsellor Simonetta Juniper:
Individual counselling £40 per hour
Registered Associate Counsellor Lubna Hussain:
Individual counselling £40 per hour
Student Counsellor Sonia George:
Individual counselling £30 per hour
If you would like to know more, please call me on 07979 654 124. We will see you for an initial assessment where you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about counselling.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime or Evening appointments available Weekdays and Week ends
Types of client
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Supervision & training
I am a fully qualified Counselling Supervisor offering supervision to individuals and groups.View supervision profile