Jean Harding

Jean Harding

34 High Street
Leighton Buzzard
Bedfordshire
LU7 1AE

0345 345 1788 / 07732 857243

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About me

Do you need support to help you to make changes?
Maybe you've reached a turning point in your life?
or perhaps you simply need to have some space to reflect?
Counselling can help you to understand yourself, to recognise and let go of old patterns of behaviour, to deal with unfinished business and move forward with your life.
If you think counselling might be helpful then please send an email or give me a call - I can usually offer an appointment within 5 days, sometimes earlier.


Relationship counselling
If you are experiencing problems in your relationship you might like to try relationship counselling. Alternatively, you might prefer to talk through your concerns about your relationship with a counsellor in a one-to-one session.

Are you drifting apart from your partner?

Do you find you're constantly arguing over little things?

Do you find it hard to appreciate each other?

Are you finding it difficult to talk to your partner about your relationship?

Do work/childcare responsibilities mean no time left for your partner?

Are you struggling to cope with the aftermath of an affair?

If you've answered 'yes' to any of the above then relationship counselling could be helpful.

How can relationship counselling help?
Relationship counselling provides a confidential space where you can talk about your relationship with a trained counsellor who will be both respectful and objective. When working with a couple I aim to make sure that there is space and time for each of you to be heard. As an outside observer, trained in relationship counselling, part of my role is to provide some helpful feedback on your ways of relating.

Relationship problems often result from difficulties in communication, so the sessions may focus simply on the way that you talk (or don't talk) to each other, and understand (or don't understand) each other.

Relationship counselling is a joint process. We work together to understand the blocks in your relationship and to find some practical solutions. With your agreement, I may suggest 'homework' exercises to be carried out between sessions. This could be something as simple as finding 15 minutes to sit down and talk to each other about your day. Many couples find small steps like this can make a big change to their relationship.

Taking the first step
It's not easy to come and talk to a stranger about your relationship. You may be anxious about what your partner may say, or about what the counsellor will think. You may feel unwilling to risk being embarassed or hurt by something your partner says in the session. For all these reasons it's easy to delay making an appointment, even when you have both agreed it could be helpful.

If you have any doubts about the value of counselling it can be a good idea to book a single appointment so that you can get a sense of how relationship counselling works. You can then go away and talk about it together and decide whether relationship counselling could help you, and whether I am the right counsellor for you.

It's important that you both feel confident in your choice of counsellor; that you both feel able to talk about your feelings and trust that you will be treated with respect.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Counselling (Gestalt Centre, London);

Certificate in Couples Work (Metanoia, London);

Diploma in Professional Development: Counselling skills and perspectives (University of North London)

I am a BACP accredited counsellor (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by their code of practice.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have knowledge and experience of a range of health conditions including cancer and sight loss. I am interested in counselling people living with these conditions, and/or their families and friends

Fees

Individuals: £50 per session

Couples: £60 per session

Maps & Directions

Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1AE

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

If you need more accessible premises than the High St (where the counselling rooms are on the first floor) then I also offer appointments at The Old Surgery's Pulford Road premises where there are two ground floor rooms and nearby Blue Badge parking.

Availability

Appointments Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9.00am - 6.30pm; For current availability please see my website.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
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