Anita Duke

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MBACP (Accred) - Integrative Counsellor & Trauma Therapist
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Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 0UL
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello and a warm welcome to my practice.

Are you burdened with anxiety or stress, and feel overwhelmed or close to burnout? Perhaps you feel trapped by the continual replay of thoughts and emotions relating to past traumatic events or loss? Maybe you feel stuck and lacking in self-confidence? Or are you avoiding aspects of life and turning to unhealthy habits? These very human difficulties can all impact our wellbeing and relationships, and we begin to feel somewhat lost and disconnected.

As an experienced integrative counsellor, trauma therapist and educator accredited by the BACP, I am passionate about championing wellbeing and emotional resilience. Through working with both the mind and body I look to really understand and get to the roots of anxieties, heightened emotions and other difficulties that are impacting and impeding life, relationships and connection to self, supporting you to develop and grow as a person rather than just coping or 'getting by'.

I take an intuitive, creative and compassionate approach to therapy but, first and foremost, I offer a welcoming, consistent and respectful space to talk - and feel really heard. Time, just for you, that is dedicated to gently exploring, unravelling and making sense of what has happened for you – or perhaps what didn’t happen - whilst supporting connection to your natural inner resources and resilience for healing and wellbeing, so that you can move forward in life.

I will kindly and gently support you with whatever you bring to therapy within my competencies, but can especially help with:

  • anxiety & emotional regulation
  • stress & burnout
  • trauma (single event & complex)
  • grief & loss
  • lethargy & dissociation
  • relationship difficulties
  • phobias
  • low self-esteem & confidence
  • women's mid-life challenges
  • general wellbeing 
  • self-awareness & personal development

Life can be challenging and tough, particularly in the world we now find ourselves in. We all need a helping hand at times but it's not always easy to ask. I know from my own experiences how lonely it can feel when struggling, so I encourage you to reach out and take the next step towards finding the support you need.

How I Work

Being an integrative therapist means I draw from a range of counselling and psychotherapy approaches, adapting these to what, together, we find brings the emotional balance, understanding and changes you seek. I am a strong advocate of 'one size does not fit all' so will work with you according to your needs and preferences.

I have a keen interest in the mind-body relationship, particularly the impact of anxiety, stress and trauma on the body. My practice is informed by modern research into the autonomic nervous system and the most effective practices when working with trauma. Thus, I combine a mix of ‘top down’ approaches, based on traditional ‘talking’ therapy, mindfulness and CBT, with ‘bottom up’ somatic (body-based) therapy, including breathwork and movement. Additionally, I use deeper, relational and creative approaches, particularly when working longer term, to help identify unconscious processes that may be keeping you stuck. 

I am also a practitioner in Clinical Hypnotherapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing), NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and ‘tapping’ therapies (TFT/EFT) which, if suitable, can be integrated into sessions. 

When working specifically with trauma, I use an evidence-based phased approach which aims to first support wellbeing and resilience. Where necessary we will spend time facilitating a sense of internal safety and stabilisation, and only then invite exploration and understanding of your story - gently pacing work to heal, release and repair so that you may find new meaning and purpose, whilst reconnecting with life and relationships.

I have been working fully in private practice since 2019, having been active within different therapeutic and coaching roles on a part-time basis since 2012. Over the years, with curiosity and continuous professional development, I have found what works best for my clients from all the therapies I offer. When you now choose me as your therapist, I will do my best to encourage you to get curious too, so that we can find the pace and approach that is right for you and, together, move towards the outcome you seek.  

Session Information

I work with individual adults of all ages, from students new to adult life through to those in or near retirement.

I offer both short and long-term therapy according to your needs and financial circumstances.

I work in-person in Bury St Edmunds (from my private, peaceful therapy room off the A134 Sudbury Road a few miles from the A14).

I also work online across Suffolk and the UK using secure videoconferencing links.

Sessions are a full hour (60 minutes) with a range of times offered Tuesday – Friday (8am-6pm). We will agree a regular time and day, usually weekly, to be your 'space' for as long you need.  However, I understand that life happens around therapy, so I do have some flexibility around this, including offering later sessions when possible.

My fee is £55 per session payable by cash, card or bank transfer after each appointment. I also accept block payments for an agreed number of sessions if you would prefer to manage payments this way. To help clients on a low-income access therapy, I offer a limited number of concessionary spaces (up to 8 sessions). 

I do not specify a minimum number of sessions but usually recommend attending between 4-6 sessions before reviewing how you are finding therapy.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

I welcome working within diversity, making any reasonable adjustments to ensure my services are accessible. I aim to create a therapeutic space that feels trusted and fair for every client.

My practice centres around humanistic principles, valuing individual responsibility, choice and personal growth, whilst acknowledging how social inequities can impact this. Our life stories, skin colour, identities and abilities may present both differences and similarities, but I will endeavour to attune to your lived experiences and needs to the best of my ability.

Next Steps

I believe that the therapeutic relationship is key to a successful outcome. I also understand that starting therapy may feel daunting, confusing and possibly scary, so it's important you find a therapist that you feel comfortable with. As such, when I have new client availability, I will offer a FREE initial consultation by telephone or Zoom (20 minutes). This gives an opportunity for us to discuss what brings you here, without it feeling overwhelming, and helps get a sense of our ‘fit’ and how we might work together - but with no obligation to continue unless it feels ok.

You may only need a few sessions to help with a specific problem or to learn some coping strategies. You may choose to work open-ended for a while to 'hold' you steady in unsettling, uncertain times or perhaps at a time of loss. Alternatively you may benefit from us spending longer working together, exploring the root of the difficulties and challenges you face at a deeper level.  Between us we’ll find what is right for you and your circumstances and make space for this.

First Session

When you choose me as your therapist, I will start our first (intake) session explaining important ethical and day-to-day considerations, such as confidentiality, data protection and what to do if you can't make a session. I will ask for your agreement around this before continuing with a few general questions about your health and wellbeing and inviting you to complete a short clinical assessment. This helps me identify your therapeutic needs and supports ongoing reviews.

We will then begin gently exploring what brings you to therapy. If you are distressed or anxious, I'll sit alongside you until the thoughts, feelings or sensations pass or feel more tolerable, perhaps supporting this by guiding you through an appropriate calming or balancing practice.

You may be surprised to find yourself talking more than you expected, and noticing that already something starts to change, but if it takes longer to open to the process that’s fine - because this is your therapy, and you are at the heart of what I do.

Getting in Contact

Further details of how I work, the therapies I offer, and any current availability can be found on my website at

If you would like to speak to me further about how I can help, please do get in contact via email, telephone or the contact page of my website.  I welcome all genuine enquiries and will get back to you as soon as possible within my practice hours.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and an Associate Tutor with The Bedfordshire Centre for Therapeutic Studies.

I am also registered as a Clinical Hypnotherapist with the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) and accredited by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC). I have been awarded the General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice (GQHP).

I abide by the code of conduct and ethical framework of both professional bodies. This includes undertaking continuous professional development (CPD) and regular supervision.

Additionally, I am qualified to practice EMDR, licensed as a Master NLP Practitioner by the Society of Neuro Linguistic Programming™, an Authorised Human Toolbox™ Practitioner, a Diagnostic Practitioner of Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and licensed as a Style Coach™.

I work exclusively in the UK in accordance with English law, and my practice is registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

I hold a current Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and am fully insured.

Professional Qualifications (Therapy & Coaching)

  • Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • Advanced Diploma in Somatic Trauma Therapy
  • Advanced Diploma in Hypno-Psychotherapy & Counselling
  • Diploma in Integrative Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy
  • Diploma in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprogramming (EMDR)
  • Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling
  • Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Diagnostic Practitioner in Thought Field Therapy (TFT)
  • Advanced Certificate in Understanding and Applying Parts Theories
  • Foundation Certificate in Polyvagal Theory
  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Hypnosis
  • Certificate in Hypno-Virtual Gastric Band
  • Authorised Practitioner in The Human Toolbox™
  • Diploma in Style Coaching™

In addition, I have trained in or researched aspects of:

  • Trauma-Informed Practice (Level 7)
  • Breathwork Practices
  • Somatic Resourcing & Embodiment Practices
  • Polyvagal Theory in Practice
  • Psychodynamic Theory & Practice
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 
  • Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy (CBH)
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis (TA) 
  • Inner Child Therapy
  • Analytical Hypno-psychotherapy
  • NLP Life Coaching
  • NLP Fast Phobia / Theatre Screen (Rewind Technique)
  • Working Safely with Suicide & Self-Harm 
  • Working with Anxiety Disorders
  • Working with Emotional Eating & Weight Management
  • Working with Bereavement & Loss
  • Working with Narcissistic Abuse
  • Working at Relational Depth
  • Working with the Trauma of Racism
  • Power & Relational Dynamics 
  • Allying with Anti-Racist Practice
  • Race and Cultural Competency 
  • Increasing Inclusivity in Practice
  • Creativity in Therapy
  • Working with Groups

Previous Experience

Prior to launching my private practice in 2019, I have worked as a counsellor in a social enterprise specialising in mental wellbeing, as an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist for both counselling and clinical hypnotherapy, and as a personal coach / hypnotherapist specialising in self-esteem and mind-body confidence for women.

I also have 12 years previous experience working in corporate sales and marketing at senior level, and 12 years experience working in state education in both teaching and behavioural support roles.

In addition to my therapy qualifications, I hold a bachelor's degree (joint honours) in History & Government, and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Graduate Diploma in Marketing.

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£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

  • Initial Consultation (20mins): FREE
  • Standard Fee: £55  (1 hour)
  • Concessions: £45 (max 8 sessions - subject to availability)

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Practice open: Tuesday - Friday (8am-6pm)

  • Early 8am sessions
  • Evening sessions (Tues & Thurs) occasionally offered subject to capacity.

For current availability please see website

Further information

For regularly updated information on current availability please my website -

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Sudbury Road, Little Whelnetham, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 0UL

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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