About me

At present I am offering telephone counselling in order to comply with government recommendations and keep my clients and myself safe.

For further information on telephone counselling, and to check available appointment times please see my website www.jhardingcounselling.co.uk


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 support, and 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

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

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


£55.00 per session

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • Aviva
  • BUPA
  • WPA

Additional information

Individuals: £55 per session

Couples: £65 per session


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Appointments Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9.00am - 6.00pm; For current availability please see my website.

34 High Street
Leighton Buzzard

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

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.

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.

Jean Harding

Jean Harding