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About me

Are you looking for someone who understands you and what you are going through? My name is Kate Hardy and I am an experienced,  accredited therapist and clinical supervisor. I have experience in a range of areas with specialisms in  health,  caring, family problems and couples. My personal practice as a therapist is all about you and what you need from your therapy.

Over a fifteen year period my private practice has grown into a local counselling centre in Leighton Buzzard called the Old Surgery.  Although I normally work face to face, at the present time I am also offering online sessions using Zoom. If I am not personally able to arrange an appointment to suit you, one of my colleagues can probably help.

It may be you are going through a crisis, with your thoughts and feelings, in your health, in your relationship or at work. Or it may just be that the 'time is right' to get to know yourself a little better. We might start with some simple strategies to bring things back to a place where they feel more manageable, or by just talking things through and retelling your story.

From there, if you want to, we can explore more deeply the patterns and problems, past and present, which have led you to this point in your life, and also the places where you perhaps would like to go next on your journey.

My approach as a therapist is gentle, supportive and respectful, based on Transactional Analysis psychotherapy. I work with every individual as a whole person, including feelings, thoughts and behaviour as well as their inner "heart", and with every couple as a relationship which needs to develop and change.

I also work with couples and I am trained as an Imago couples therapist. I can help you to make choices about the future, and to build intimacy, warmth and loving communication in your relationship.

I believe passionately that life is for living and enjoying NOW, not in the future or the past.

I hold a degree in Counselling from the University of Middlesex (2006), BACP Accreditation (2009), a Diploma in Clinical Supervision from the Sherwood Institute, and I am in the final stages of my Masters degree training in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. I also taught Counselling for eleven years on the Open University Foundation Degree in Counselling.

Call me on 07757 675696 to book an appointment with me today.

The Old Surgery Counselling Centre is now a team of 10 counsellors, psychotherapists and coaches working from comfortable therapy rooms in the centre of Leighton Buzzard as well as Milton Keynes. We offer counselling and psychotherapy to individuals, children and young people, couples and families.

Counselling and psychotherapy 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.

Over the past 14 years, our practice has helped more than 1100 individuals and couples 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.

The Old Surgery - Meet the Team

The Old Surgery is a counselling and psychotherapy practice based in Leighton Buzzard. Since 2006 we have been offering a caring, confidential and professional service helping people with relationship problems, anxiety, bereavement, depression, and drug and alcohol problems amongst other issues.

Our Associate counsellors are all Registered and fully qualified in counselling, and members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy or the UK Council for Psychotherapy. Student counsellors are qualified to at least Level 4, under professional supervision and members of BACP. All counsellors are fully insured.

As well as working with individuals and couples, we provide counselling, therapy and supervision on behalf of several organisations including Central Bedfordshire Social Services, Carers in Bedfordshire and Victim Support.

Wes Berrisford-Kapon holds a Diploma in Counselling from CPPD Counselling School and is studying for an Advanced Diploma with CPPD. His session rate is £40.

Registered Counsellor Debbie Petersen holds a CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Person Centred Counselling from Bedford College. Debbie has evening appointments and her session rate is £40.

Registered Counsellor Sonia George holds a Level 5 Diploma in Integrative

Registered Counsellor Sue Day holds a CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychodynamic Therapy from Langley Training. She has an interest in addiction, and also works in a drug and alcohol agency. Sue has daytime appointments on a Tuesday and Thursday. Her session rate is £45.

Registered Counsellor Sonia George holds a Level 5 Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling. As well as working at the Old Surgery, Sonia has worked as a Counsellor with MIND BLMK. Sonia has daytime, evening and weekend appointments. Her session rate is £45, low cost spaces available.

Senior Family and Couples Therapist Alexandre F. Gieseke holds a degree and Masters degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, is a BPS GBC Registered Psychologist as well as BACP Registered Counsellor. He is highly experienced working with children, families and couples, and his rate starts from £55.

BACP Accredited Counsellor Jean Harding holds a Diploma in Gestalt Counselling. Jean has more than fifteen years experience including EAPs, based in Leighton Buzzard and Stony Stratford. Jean is a highly experienced Senior Counsellor and her session rate is £55 for individuals, £70 for couples.

BACP Accredited Counsellor Kate Hardy has a BA in Counselling from the University of Middlesex, a Postgraduate Diploma in Supervision (Level 7) from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Institute and is in advanced clinical training In Transactional Analysis at the Berne Institute. Kate is also a lecturer and tutor on the Open University/ CPCAB Foundation Degree in Counselling. Kate is a Senior Counsellor with over fifteen years’ experience, and her session rate is £60 for individuals, £70 for couples.

Registered Counsellor Dawn Hodge has an Edxcel Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Counselling from Bedford College. Dawn has been practicing since 2013, within a sexual health clinic and schools. She works as a School Counsellor as well as at the Old Surgery. Dawn is a Registered Counsellor and her session rate is £40 for individuals, £60 for couples.

Registered Counsellor Jackie Howell holds a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and also holds a Diploma as a Fusion Therapeutic Life Coach and a Level 6 Diploma in Supervision from Langley Training. She has undertaken Couples counselling training at Counselling Works. Jackie is an experienced tutor, key worker and work skills coordinator with children and young adults. Her session rate is £50, £70 for couples.


If you would like to know more, please email via this site, visit our website oldsurgerycounselling.co.uk, or call for a no-obligation initial appointment.

Training, qualifications & experience


Imago Couples Therapist (2021)
Advanced training in Transactional Analysis psychotherapy, Berne Institute (current)
Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis, Berne Institute, 2017
Attachment Narrative Therapy for Couples, Bowlby Centre, 2016

Diploma in Clinical Supervision, Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute 2016 (Postgraduate Level 7)
BACP Registered Independent Counsellor 2009
BACP Accredited Counsellor/ Psychotherapist 2009
BA (hons) Counselling & Theology University of Middlesex (first class) 2006 Level 6)

MA Health Studies University of Leeds 1986
BA (hons) Sociology University of Essex 1984
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2012

Longer term therapy
Relationship problems
Anxiety and OCD
Depression and low self esteem
Anger issues
Bereavement and Loss
Couples counselling
Small group work

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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Areas of counselling I deal with

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From £60.00 to £70.00

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers

Additional information


Senior Associate Psychotherapist Kate Hardy:

Individual counselling and therapy £60 per hour
Couples counselling £75 per hour

Supervision £60 per hour

Senior Couples & Family Therapist Alexandre Gieseke:

Individual counselling and therapy £55 per hour
Family and Couples therapy £60 per hour

Supervision rates available on request

Senior Associate Counsellor Jean Harding:

Individual counselling and therapy £55
Couples counselling £70

Registered Associate Counsellor Dawn Hodge:

Individual counselling £50
Couples counselling £60

Registered Associate Counsellor Jackie Howell:

Individual counselling £50 per hour.
Couples counselling £60

Registered Associate Counsellor Sonia George:

Individual counselling £45 per hour

Registered Associate Counsellor Sue Day:

Individual counselling £45 per hour

Registered Counsellor Debbie Petersen:

Individual counselling £40 per hour

Student Counsellor Wes Kapon:

Individual counselling £40 per hour


Daytime or Evening appointments available

Further information

If you would like to know more, please call the number at the top. We will see you for an initial assessment where you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have about counselling.

The Old Surgery Counselling Centre
34 High Street
Leighton Buzzard

Milton Keynes

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Ground floor rooms with nearby blue badge parking, ground floor toilets, accessible ground floor room for manual wheelchairs


Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I offer supervision to qualified Counsellors and other professionals.

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Kate Hardy BACP Accredited Counsellor/ Psychotherapist

Kate Hardy BACP Accredited Counsellor/ Psychotherapist