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Heather Burkinshaw Registered MBACP (Accred)

Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5HL
01353 624375 01353 624375 Registered / Accredited

About me

Due to Coronavirus - contact me for access to remote video therapy.

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

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 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.

Clay Street

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages none


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.

Wheelchair user access

by prior arrangement


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


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
Telephone supervision

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Heather Burkinshaw Registered MBACP (Accred)

Heather Burkinshaw Registered MBACP (Accred)