Kay Beardsley Counsellor/Psychotherapist MBACP registered Dip. Counselling

Kay Beardsley Counsellor/Psychotherapist MBACP registered Dip. Counselling

About me

Seeking counselling can be overshadowed by stigma and can feel quite daunting yet you've found the courage to take the first step! I can offer a safe confidential space so you are able to share your problems, tears and joys. I seek to facilitate your growth so life is less difficult and easier to make sense of; to unwrap your own self-awareness so you can feel comfortable in your own skin.

I am passionate and focused about my work and feel I can offer an element of creativity.

I believe I am a warm, empathic person; I will listen without judging you and offer support and challenge so together we can explore the areas/issues you choose - whilst I believe you have within you the resources to find the answers.

I feel working together in an in-depth relationship is the key that can enable therapeutic change. Relationships are co-created and unique so I hope I have the pleasure of walking alongside you.

‘A relationship with the therapist is what creates the medium in which derailed self-development can begin again.’ (quote, Patricia A DeYoung)

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone -
Counselling is not easy; I truly believe that working hard in therapy hurts! I also believe it’s a wonderful kind of hurt!

It's okay if you feel vulnerable and unable to trust we can build on those foundations; you don't have to be lonely and suffer in silence.
- Nothing haunts us like the things we don’t say.

I aim to validate your experience and encourage you to identify changes you wish to achieve; to accompany you as you make sense of your life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor/psychotherapist - my core theoretical approach is Humanistic.

I integrate Person-Centred, TA (transactional analysis) and Gestalt into my work.

I studied initially at Derby College and then with Central College Nottingham within a Counselling Centre in Beeston for a further 4 years and hold the following qualifications:-

Certificate in Introduction to Counselling Concepts
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

I am committed to regular CPD: Continuing Professional Development.
Recent training workshops include; assessment training, self harm, substance misuse, working creatively, attachment and loss, eating disorders and mindfulness based stress reduction.

I am committed to regular clinical supervision and personal development through ongoing psychotherapy.

In addition to my private practice clients I work with two long established and respected counselling agencies: Nottingham Counselling Services and Derby Women's Centre and feel this enhances my range of knowledge and experience in counselling.

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and work in accordance with their ethical framework/guidelines.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

The above list is by no means exhaustive however, I believe that working together in relationship with you is the key that can enable therapeutic change.

Photos & videos

  • Why you? Why me? Why don't we see?
  • Surrounding areas
  • Surrounding areas
  • We All Deserve the Opportunity to Grow


The first initial assessment session with me is £30 which gives us the opportunity to meet and discuss your needs and to talk about working together. (This is not a counselling session).

Following this my fees are (from) £40 per session. Sessions are weekly for 50 minutes and are open-ended with reviews periodically.

Flexible appointments are available. Why not see me before work? Appointments from 6 am.

Further information

I offer face-to-face counselling to adults seeking individual counselling.

Disabled access.

Free on road parking outside.

Close links to the M1, M42 & A50

Maps & Directions

Derby, DE73

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Early morning appointments available from 6 am. Also evening appointments available.

Types of client

Older adults