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BSc; Reg., MBACP, Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
Available for new clients
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Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a BACP accredited, experienced counsellor, having achieved my Advanced Diploma in Counselling with University of Cambridge. My training , theoretical background and Clinical Practice is informed and rooted in Psychodynamic discipline where the focus is mainly on the unconscious relationship patterns that have evolved since childhood. 
I draw on and use other therapeutic methods , including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques mainly with Depression and Anxiety; Brief Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Imago Therapy mainly with Couples and Relationship counselling. I currently work within the NHS , in GP surgeries delivering the IAPT services. I  tailor my approach to provide a professional and confidential service to meet individual needs whilst ensuring empathic listening without judgement.

I work with all EAP providers using reflective Counselling techniques as well as CBT .

I work with most Mental Health distresses and offer safe, caring, confidential and non- judgemental therapy to Individuals as well as Couples.

I support, enable and work with those who are self-harming,  with survivors of sexual abuse ,emotional abuse, physical abuse and verbal abuse, with those experiencing

Domestic abuse, PTSD and other Trauma
those struggling with Eating disorders and Dissociative disorders and with Addictions, including Drug and Alcohol and Internet .

I  support those suffering with OCD and other disorders including Excoriation , Skin Picking or Trichotillomania and Hair Pulling.

As well as running my own private practice, I work with organisations and EAP providers and offer general counselling in a wide range of issues including depression, stress, anxiety, panic attacks, bullying, low self-esteem and low self-confidence, bereavement, relationship issues as well as provide more specialised therapy.
I regularly update my clinical and professional expertise through Continuing Professional Development and Supervision.

I am an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to its Code of Ethics (MBACP) (Accred).

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“Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.”

Training, qualifications & experience

Advanced Diploma in Counselling (University of Cambridge)
Certificate in Counselling skills
BSc (Psychology)
Dip in HE

Continuous Professional Development

-Grief Therapy

-Relational Therapy 


- Health Anxiety



- Bereavement/Grief counselling
- Imago Therapy
- Couple Counselling

-Relationship Counselling
- Domestic abuse
- Eating Disorder

- Anger management
- Psychosexual Therapy
- Solution Focused Brief therapy

I am currently working with organisations and in GP surgeries, supporting and helping to deliver the IAPT service.

I have many years experience working in organisations delivering general counselling as well as specialised counselling, including working and supporting Survivors of sexual abuse, with individuals struggling with eating disorders and with victims of Domestic Abuse.

I have worked as a Psychodynamic counsellor in a Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation centre, with individuals as well as in groups, including the 12-step programme and anger management.

I enable and support couples struggling with their relationships, with infidelity and broken trust, enabling them to Communicate, Compromise and to Connect and to move forward towards a more conscious relationship and feel able to listen deeply to themselves and each other.

I work with trauma survivors, including Dissociative Identity Disorder and Complex PTSD, fostering collaboration and recovery.

Specialised Areas:

Health Anxiety

Self harming issues

Gender issues

Couples Counselling
Domestic Abuse
Drug And Alcohol Abuse
Eating Disorder
Other disorder such as Excoriation
Sexual Abuse

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)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I can speak in Hindi, Urdu or French, to facilitate the work if required although most of the therapy work is in English as the training, theories and concepts are English.  You must be able to speak and understand some  English otherwise the psychological work may be challenging
I work with Relationship Issues, Family issues, cultural issues.
I look at Childhood issues and unconscious processes .I work to enable you with your Self Worth, Self Esteem and Self Confidence, with Attachment issues, Grief and loss.
I work with more Specialised areas and mental issues such as Health Anxiety,  General Anxiety Disorders and all stress related issues and self harming issues

I specialise in Sexual abuse, Domestic abuse, and all types of Trauma.

I work with all addictions

I provide

Couples /Marriage/Relationship  Counselling


£45.00 - £90.00

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Axa Health
  • BUPA
  • Aviva

Additional information

Fees per 50minute session:
Individuals : £45-£60

Couples : £70-£90/hour

From £50 for EAP Providers/Organisations

Payments are made on the day after the session when working face to face.

Paying on line is available and can be arranged and is usually made at least two hours before the session for all work.

Monthly payments are also available if preferred , you will be invoiced at the end of each month.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 8pm.

Saturday 10.00am to 1pm 

Sunday Not Available

Further information

I offer both Short term and Open-ended work.
Short term work is contracted for a minimum of 6 weeks upwards.
Longer term exploration work can be up to 2 years or more.

I am available from

Monday to Friday, 10.00a.m to 8:00p.m.

Saturday 10.00am-1.00pm (When available)

Sunday Unavailable

Please email me at

Kempston, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Supervision available.

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