15 St Cuthberts Street
30a Market Square
Hello, I am Ian Black, Counsellor and Therapeutic life-coach providing affordable counselling in the Central Bedfordshire area. I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and a Diploma in Fusion Therapeutic Coaching. I also offer the opportunity of Single-Session Integrated Therapy for specific issues.
A Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy BACP; I am on the BACP Register for Counselling and Psychotherapy, which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. I am also a member of the BACP Coaching Division.
While I provide counselling support, whatever the area of concern, and my Person-Centred Approach means we will work together to help you deal with life's problems, I also offer coaching and guidance. Some people want a little more from their counsellor; maybe a way of achieving goals, or focussing on the future. For this I offer a bespoke coaching programme comprising six sessions incorporating counselling, CBT and goals-focussed coaching.
You might have issues around low self-esteem, stress, depression, anxiety, bereavement, or you may wish to move on with your life but find yourself stuck; we can work together to achieve the future you want.
Increasingly, due to stresses of modern living, relationships can be strained, I can support you to get through the tough times.
While my approach is applicable to anyone regardless of gender, belief or background, I have experience in dealing with military and ex-servicemen and their families the pressures and strains on relationships and families, and I understand the particular issues and how you may be affected.
Training, qualifications & experience
What I can help with but not limited to
Anger Management, Anxiety, Asperger Syndrome, Depression, Health related issues, Mens Issues, Mental health issues, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Self Esteem, Self Harm, Service Veterans, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues and Relationships
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling,; Certificate in Resource Based Therapies, Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies; Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills.
Diploma in Therapeutic Coaching 2015
City and Guilds Level Six in Management and Leadership
Diploma in Arabic
Types of therapy
Since 2011, I have worked as a counsellor helping unemployed, disadvantaged and vulnerable clients to (re) gain self respect and confidence, enabling them to enter or re-enter the workplace or feel beter about seeking work. Underlying issues such as self-esteem, anxiety, bereavement, relationship often act as barriers to fulfilment and I have worked with numerous clients to achieve their goals successfully.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Pressures around military life.
£40, concessions available.
Discount on the six-session Therapeutic Coaching programme - pay for five, get sixth session free.
Couples, Initial assessment £48.00
Clients I work with
Adults, Older Adults,,
How I deliver therapy
Therapy rooms in Bedford and Sandy. Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling/Skype
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Some appointments are available now in Bedford and Sandy from 9am to 8pm, Weekend appointments and other locations can also be negotiable . Home visits as necessary.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|