Kate Hardy BACP Accredited Counsellor/ Psychotherapist

Kate Hardy BACP Accredited Counsellor/ Psychotherapist

The Old Surgery Counselling Centre
34 High Street
Leighton Buzzard
Bedfordshire
LU7 1EA

Shenley Church End
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
MK5

07557675696

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About me

Hello, my name is Kate Hardy and I am an experienced, BACP Accredited Counsellor/ Psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. I have been offering individual and couples counselling in Leighton Buzzard since 2006 and over that time, my practice has grown into the Old Surgery Counselling and Therapy, which is now a team of fifteen counsellors, psychotherapists and coaches working from comfortable therapy rooms in the centre of Leighton Buzzard as well as Milton Keynes. We offer individuals, children and young people's, couples and family therapy.

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.

We provide short term counselling for individuals and couples, and also longer term therapy for individuals, with daytime or evening appointments. My own work tends to be medium to longer term. My own approach is gentle, supportive and respectful, working from an Integrative perspective but with a special emphasis 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.

Over the past twelve years, our practice has helped more than 900 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.

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 (Postgraduate Level 7). At the moment, I am studying Level 7 Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy at the Berne Institute.

I provide supervision for counsellors and other professionals, and have been teaching on the Open University/ CPCAB Foundation Degree in Counselling since 2010.

What clients say:

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

The Old Surgery is a growing counselling and psychotherapy practice based in Church Square, 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. Student counsellors are qualified to at least Level 3, 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, RAPT and Victim Support.

Registered Counsellor Emma Alabaster holds a Degree in Counselling from the University of Greenwich (Level 6) Emma has worked with organisations including Victim Support, Brook, Mind, Bedford Open Door, Youth Information Service and in many schools across Bucks and Beds. Her private practice is based at the Old Surgery and also in Stony Stratford, and her session rate is £40, low cost spaces available.

Registered Counsellor Jo Brown holds an ABC Level 4 Diploma in Counselling. She comes from a background of body/mind awareness and is a qualified Shiatsu massage practitioner. Jo has daytime, evening and weekend appointments. Her session rate is £40, low cost spaces available.

Registered Counsellor Sue Day holds a CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling, and is going forward to take a Level 5 diploma in psychodynamic therapy at 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 £40, low cost spaces available.

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 £40, 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. Alexandre runs a clinic on Tuesday evenings. He is highly experienced and his rate starts from is £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 £50 for individuals, £60 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 £50 for individuals, £60 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, £50 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 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 £40, £50 for couples.

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist Janet Joosten holds Post Graduate diplomas in Existential Psychotherapy and Integrative Counselling from Regents College, and  a Postgraduate Diploma in CBT. Janet is highly experienced and her rate is £50.

Registered Counsellor Simonetta Juniper holds a BSc (hons) in Psychology and a CPCAB Level 4 in Counselling. Simonetta has been practising since 2014 and has a background in social care. She has daytime and evening appointments and her session rate is £40.

Student Counsellor Wes Kapon holds a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling from CPPD Counselling School and is studying for a Diploma with CPPD. His session rate is £30.

Registered Counsellor Judy Knight qualified in 2014 with a degree-equivalent (Level 6) Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Temenos in Sheffield. She has been involved in the field of therapy and personal growth for 25 years. She has daytime appointments on a Tuesday and a Wednesday, and her session rate is £45.

Registered Counsellor Julie McMillan holds a Counselling Foundation Level 4 Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and is presently studying for a Level 5 Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling. As well as working at the Old Surgery, Julie has worked at Counselling Foundation, HMP Bedford and HMP the Mount. Julie has daytime, evening and weekend appointments. Her session rate is £40, low cost spaces available.

BACP Accredited Counsellor Agata Turney has a level 5 Diploma in Person Centred Counselling and qualified in 2015 and is qualified in EMDR. She is a bilingual counsellor working in Italian and English. As well as working at the Old Surgery, Agata has been a counsellor with BLMK Mind and Fusion Life Coach. She has attended additional training on CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and is able to utilise this in her practice. Agata’s session rate is £45, EMDR £50, low cost spaces available

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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

Kate:

MSc in Transactional Analysis, Berne Institute (current)

Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis, Berne Institute, 2017
Attachment Narrative Therapy, 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 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

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

BACP

Accredited register membership

Areas of counselling I deal with

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        Fees

        Fees

        Senior Associate Counsellor Kate Hardy:

        Individual counselling and therapy £50 per hour
        Couples counselling £60 per hour or £75 for 90 minutes

        Supervision £50 per hour, student/ newly qualified practitioner rates available on request

        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 £50
        Couples counselling £60

        BACP Accredited Associate Counsellor Agata Turney:
        Individual counselling £40 per hour

        Registered Associate Counsellor Dawn Hodge:

        Individual counselling £40
        Couples counselling £50 or £65 for 90 minutes

        Registered Associate Counsellor Jackie Howell:

        Individual counselling £45 per hour.
        Couples counselling £50

        Registered Associate Counsellor Simonetta Juniper:

        Individual counselling £40 per hour

        Registered Associate Counsellor Sonia George:

        Individual counselling £40 per hour

        Registered Associate Counsellor Emma Alabaster:

        Individual counselling £40 per hour

        Registered Associate Counsellor Judy Knight:

        Individual counselling £45 per hour

        Registered Associate Counsellor Jo Brown:

        Individual counselling £40 per hour

        Registered Associate Counsellor Julie McMillan:

        Individual counselling £40 per hour

        Registered Associate Counsellor Sue Day:

        Individual counselling £40 per hour

        Student Counsellor Wes Kapon:

        Individual counselling £30 per hour

        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.

        Maps & Directions

        Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1EA
        Milton Keynes, MK5

        Type of session

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

        Practical details

        Sign language: No
        Other languages: None

        Accessibility

        Wheelchair access: Yes

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

        Availability

        Daytime or Evening appointments available Weekdays and Week ends

        Types of client

        Children
        Young people
        Adults
        Older adults
        Couples
        Families
        Organisations
        Employee Assistance Programme

        Supervision & training

        I am a fully qualified Counselling Supervisor offering supervision to individuals and groups.

        Online supervision:Yes
        Telephone supervision:Yes
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