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Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 10th January 2022

About me

Sorry, I've had to close my waiting list until further notice.   I will not be returning to face to face work in the foreseeable future.   Due to Coronavirus I am currently only working remotely via phone or Zoom.

Finding the right counsellor when you are already feeling low can seem to be a daunting task. I am a registered and BACP accredited counsellor / psychotherapist with more than sixteen years experience in counselling for adults, individuals, couples, and children.  I work in private practice, offering support for depression (including bi-polar), anxiety, panic attacks, relationship problems (relational couples counselling), low self esteem, bereavement, anger management, and survivors of childhood and domestic abuse.

Occasionally we all need a little help in our lives. I am strongly committed to providing a high quality service to clients by offering a calm space, where I hope that clients feel comfortable enough to look at their issues or problems with me. I will tailor our sessions to suit your needs. I promise that I will hear you and not be judgemental, but work with you to get the best outcome for you.

Why not contact me? It is your opportunity to find out about me, as well as for me to find out a little about you. The session takes 50 minutes, and after that you may decide to continue, or not - it is your choice.  I may be able to help!

I am located in Soham 6 miles from Ely and 6 miles from Newmarket on the A142. You'll find it relaxing setting with easy parking.

I offer counselling sessions tailored to my clients needs - face to face, telephone counselling, or using phone or zoom.  I can offer fixed short-term cognitive behavioural therapy (C.B.T.) or open-ended sessions.  For children I can offer work with metaphor using play therapy (therapeutic play).

As well as working with adults I also support children, and young people on both a short-term and long-term basis, for a wide variety of issues, counselling, where appropriate through the creative arts, such as art (painting and drawing), clay work, use of sand tray, storytelling, puppetry, games, visualisation and movement.

I have worked with young adults with learning disabilities, young offenders and young children in a school setting with diverse problems, but including issues around attachment, relationship problems (such as parental divorce), and other issues.

Check out my website www.thepurplefeather.co.uk.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Relational Couples Counselling 2017

Certificate in Relational Couples Counselling 2016

Certificate in Relational Supervision 2015

Postgraduate Diploma in Play Based Therapy (Canterbury Christchurch University) (level 4). 2008

Diploma in Integrative Counselling. (level 4). 2006

Advanced Certificate in Counselling

Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Children and Adolescents

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Problems associated with ageing, such as retirement and reassessing clients role in life.
Acquired head injury.
Issues surrounding Aspergers Syndrome or Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) both for families, and for living with the condition.
Play therapy for children under nine years old
Counselling using creative arts

I offer counselling via Zoom or telephone to those who either live outside of my area or live locally but would prefer to work remotely.  Please note that I am only working via zoom or phone at the moment.


£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • Aviva
  • BUPA
  • WPA

Additional information

My fees for individuals are £50.00 per 50 minute session
and for couples I charge £60.00 per 50 minute session.
Clinical Supervision £50.00

I offer a limited number of concessions for students, and people on low incomes.


I am currently working via zoom.  I have appointments from 10am in the morning until 7pm in the evening, on Monday to Thursday and occasionally on a Saturday.

Clay Street

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.

by prior arrangement

Additional languages



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

A qualified supervisor of several years standing. I am supportive of supervisees, to enable their style & education, & keep abreast with R&D.

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Heather Burkinshaw

Heather Burkinshaw