About me

Do you feel ready for a change? We all go through changes and if life is a journey, sometimes the going gets really tough. If you are in a difficult place right now, perhaps I can help.

My name is Kate Hardy and I am a BACP Accredited counsellor/psychotherapist with 18 years' and over 6000 hours experience, now offering Transactional Analysis psychotherapy,  Imago Relationship therapy and clinical supervision. My own specialism is in helping people who are going through changes, including couples and families.

That might mean changes in health,  caring, identity, work, bereavement, family problems or relationships. It may well mean you are experiencing high levels of anxiety, or feeling sad right now. My personal practice as a therapist is all about you and what you need from your therapy.

We might start with some simple strategies to bring things back to a place where they feel more manageable,

From there, if you want to, we can explore more deeply the 'Script' you have been following which has 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 family members, 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.

As a Sarcoma cancer survivor, I am grateful for every day and 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. I am trained in Imago Relationship therapy and 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 07979 654124 or email kate.hardy5@gmail.com to book an appointment with me today. We can also make an appointment for a free 15 minute Zoom chat. 

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, my practice has grown into the Old Surgery Counselling Centre and I am proud to have helped more than 1400 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 am moving to mid Wales in the coming months to set up a residential psychotherapy and retreat centre in the Cambrian mountains. I will keep working with individuals and couples for psychotherapy and Imago relationship therapy using online platforms such as Zoom.

If you would like to know more about the Old Surgery, please email Practice Manager Dawn Woosley via this site, visit our website oldsurgerycounselling.co.uk, or call for a no-obligation initial appointment.

Training, qualifications & experience


Certificate in TA Family Therapy (2021)
Imago Couples Therapy Training (2021)
Advanced training in Transactional Analysis psychotherapy, Berne Institute
Certificate in Working with Gender Identity, Link Centre, 2020
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 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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Areas of counselling I deal with

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£60.00 per session
Free initial online session

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • WPA

Additional information


Individual psychotherapy £60 per hour
TA Couples and Families Psychotherapy £80 per hour
Imago Relationship Therapy £90 for 90 minutes

Supervision £70 per hour

I do have a limited number of reduced rate spaces. Because everyone's circumstances are different, I don't offer reduced rates to every student or OAP,  but do discuss your circumstances with me.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

The Old Surgery Counselling Centre
34 High Street
Leighton Buzzard

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


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I offer supervision to qualified Counsellors and other professionals.

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Kate Hardy

Kate Hardy