Heather Burkinshaw Registered MBACP (Accred)

Heather Burkinshaw Registered MBACP (Accred)

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About me

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 with more than fifteen years experience in counselling for adults, individuals and 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 Skype. 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 Therapeutic Play (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


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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 Skype or telephone to those who live outside of my area


My fees for individuals are £40.00 per 50 minute session
and for couples I charge £50.00 per 50 minute session.
Clinical Supervision £40

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

Maps & Directions

Ely, CB7 5HL

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: none


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:


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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

Based in Soham in Cambridgeshire between Ely and Newmarket, I offer relational supervision, using creative arts when appropriate, to counsellors, trainee counsellors and to other professionals.

Online supervision:Yes
Telephone supervision:Yes
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