Adriana Cracknell Registered MBACP Counsellor & Supervisor
With over 22 years of qualified work experience, I specialize in stress, anxiety, depression and relationship issues - including LGBT+ issues and adolescents. I can help you develop an understanding of yourself and others, and provide you with the support to work on the issues you face, facilitating positive change. It is a way of reducing any confusion and enabling choice; it is not about forcing you to take a particular course of action. During the counselling session, I aim to provide a safe place where you can share your thoughts, feelings and concerns in as much detail as you wish. You will neither be judged nor have ideas or opinions imposed upon you.
Confidentiality, discretion and respect are of paramount importance to me, and my approach is friendly and down-to-earth. I am an Integratively trained counsellor which means i draw upon relevant theory and techniques to tailor to each individual.
Adolescents, I have worked for 5 years in an educational establishment counselling young people. It is a period of transition, many young people struggle with how they feel. If you are a young person and feel sad most of the time and this is affecting your work at school, relationships with friends or family, or you feel like you're just not being you. I will not tell you what to do, but will help you to choose and act on your own decisions.
I have an understanding of LGBT+ issues where I am able to offer a more specialised counselling service for the LGBT+ community for issues such as coming out, coping with confusing feelings, prejudice and discrimination, rejection from family, friends and society and feelings of isolation and being alone.
I offer an initial free, 30 minute appointment. This is an opportunity to meet me and discuss whether continued counselling would be appropriate to your needs and therefore it is without obligation to continue. I offer Saturday appointments, for those with work commitments in the week.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I abide by the BACP ethical framework for best practice. All work is fully insured. I am also a qualified Supervisor.
Over the years I have helped people to overcome a wide range of difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and have witnessed positive changes, with clients making life choices that work for them.
Training, qualifications & experience
CSCT Diploma in Counselling, RSA Certificate in Counselling Skills, OXSEM Divorced & Separated Group Facilitator, NHS Stop Smoking Advisor, LINK Adoption Support Counsellor, Student Counsellor in an Educational Setting with young people, Counsellor in HMP Service setting, Stress & Anxiety Management Group Facilitator with Social Services, Fluent Italian speaker with knowledge of trans-cultural issues and Trainer for Multi-cultural Workshops.
A founder member of the local Bedfordshire Area Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and Central Bedford Counselling Service.
CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Trans-cultural issues. I am also a group facilitator and trainer.
I am a Supervisor and offer student rates for counselling students seeking supervision.
I also have an office to rent for individuals or groups. It has off road parking, a private entrance, hallway, toilet facilities and an inner office. Pleases contact me to discuss your requirements.
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To get things started, you can either:
Email me for a free 30 minute appointment to discuss how we can work together
Email me for further information
Call me to get booked in for your first appointment
You set the pace and I’ll be right alongside you.
I meet with clients in a warm, welcoming and confidential room in a central Bedford location. There is ample free parking and wheelchair access.
Taking that first step to talk with a qualified counsellor can sometimes feel daunting and so I offer an initial, free 30 mins assessment appointment. This is in order that you can meet with me and ask any questions that you might have - with no obligation. If you decide that you would like to continue with our sessions then you can either book a block of sessions or choose to continue on a week-by-week basis. Or if you are wanting to get started, we can book a full 50 minute appointment - please let me know which is preferable.
From £40 for individuals and £50 for couples (on a sliding scale, if appropriate).
Concessions are available for students, NHS staff and unwaged.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Fluent Italian|
My office is situated in a quiet location, not far from the town centre and on a bus route, with free parking.
Week days, week evenings and Saturday mornings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer Person-centred Supervision to the frequency that meets your needs.