About me

Hello and a warm welcome.  

My name is Anita, and I am a BACP registered Integrative Counsellor, GHR registered Hypnotherapist, licensed Master NLP Practitioner, and a therapeutic coach.  I am also qualified to practice in other psychotherapies including Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and The Human Toolbox™ - a psycho-educational coaching programme.  

What this means, in simple terms, is that I take an individual, intuitive and often creative approach to therapy, working with the unique human being that you are.  I adapt my methods according to what you are experiencing, what you need and what, together, we find helps to best achieve the change you seek.

I appreciate that it might feel scary, confusing and even quite lonely right now. Life can be tough enough without the extra challenges we meet along our path, and let’s face it, we all need a helping hand sometimes.  So first and foremost I will sit alongside you and give you a safe space dedicated to helping unravel and make sense of what is happening for you.

Taking time to talk - to be really heard by someone you feel comfortable with - can help you gently explore and understand your difficulties and emotional patterns, whilst providing the support you need to work through them.  This is what I offer you, whilst also helping you to grow in self-awareness, resourcefulness and resilience, ready to move on again in life.

I am fully certified to work both in-person and online with clients based in the UK.

Problems I can help with:

Perhaps you are burdened with anxiety, uncertainty, stress and negative thoughts and are feeling overwhelmed? Maybe you feel stuck, lost or low in mood or self-confidence? Do you find yourself turning to negative habits or avoiding things you used to do? Or perhaps you feel trapped by the continual replay of thoughts and emotions relating to past traumatic events or a specific phobia?

These very human difficulties, and those listed below, are all areas I am used to working with and would be happy to help you work through:

  • Anxiety and worrying
  • Stress and work-related issues
  • Low mood and depression
  • Unhelpful, negative thinking
  • Emotional trauma
  • Relationship and family problems
  • Phobias, fear and panic
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of confidence
  • Negative habits
  • Lack of motivation
  • Weight management / emotional eating
  • Women’s issues
  • Life coaching and personal development

My approach

Being an Integrative Therapist means I draw from a broad range of counselling approaches as well as other psychotherapies and coaching methods.  I am a strong advocate of 'one size does not fit all' so will work with you according to your needs and preferences and what we find makes the difference.  

I have a particular interest in the mind - body relationship, particularly how anxiety, stress and trauma is held by the body.  I regularly use 'bottom up' (working with the body and breath) as well as traditional 'top down' (cognitive / talking) approaches to support the path to emotional healing.

I may also suggest working in a more creative way to support self-awareness and change, if we identify that you may have behaviour patterns and processes outside of conscious awareness that are no longer serving you.  

When you choose me as your therapist, I will encourage you to get curious and together we will find an approach and pace that is right for you, your circumstances and the outcome you seek.

I work with adults of all ages - from older teenagers/students (age 18+) just getting used to the adult world, to those in or approaching retirement. 

Session information.

My standard sessions are for the full hour and are offered Tuesday – Friday at varying times, subject to availability.   

I offer both short and long-term therapy.  Where possible we will agree a regular time and day, usually weekly, to be your 'space' for as long as you need.   You may only need a few sessions for a specific problem, to learn some anxiety coping strategies or to 'hold' you steady in uncertain times, or you may benefit from us spending longer working together, exploring the root of the issue at a deeper level.  Between us we’ll find what is right for you.

With the ever changeable situation around the pandemic I am now offering online therapy for all new clients until further notice.   I will discuss the safety and practical implications of this way of working with you before we start.

If working online becomes an issue, or a clear therapeutic need for us to work in-person is identified,  I will discuss the latest government guidelines, general risks, health risks, safety and ethical implications as well as practical considerations with you, and we will agree the most appropriate, ethical and safest way forward for you at that time.

Once the virus is more under control, I look forward to welcoming you to my private, comfortable and peaceful client room on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds, situated on the A134 towards Sudbury and only a few miles from the A14.  I am unable to give a timescale on this as yet.

Further details of how I work and the therapies I offer can be found on my website: www.anitaduketherapy.co.uk

Next Steps

I am a firm believer that the therapeutic relationship is key to a successful outcome, so it's important that you choose a therapist you are comfortable with.  I appreciate that finding the right person to help can be confusing, often overwhelming when you are struggling already, so to help with this I offer a FREE 30 minute no obligation telephone or online consultation for you to get to know me and how I work, and ask any questions so you can get a real sense of how I can help you.

Your first appointment

Starting therapy can feel daunting and uncertain which is why I offer a free initial telephone or online consultation.   It is perfectly normal if you still feel apprehensive before our first full session, but perhaps think of it as a safe space just for you - a gentle conversation between two people in a friendly, welcoming, caring and non-judgemental environment to explore what is happening for you and begin the process of change.  

The first session will also include time for me to take important contact and medical details, explain ethical considerations, such as confidentiality and privacy, and agree some practical working arrangements.  I am used to clients with first appointment nerves so do my best to make both the initial consultation and first session as relaxed as possible,

If you would like to speak to me further about how I can help, please email or give me a call to request a free consultation.  If I am unavailable, I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Bodies

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a Registered Hypnotherapist with the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) I abide by the code of conduct, confidentiality and ethical framework for both professional bodies. This includes continuous professional development (CPD) and regular supervision.

I am also 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™.

Qualifications and Training

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

I have also been awarded the General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice (GQHP) and accredited by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC).

In addition, I have trained in aspects of:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) 
  • Gestalt Therapy 
  • Transactional Analysis (TA)
  • Analytical Psychotherapy / Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Person Centred Counselling
  • Polyvagal Theory (the mind-body connection)
  • Working with anxiety disorders, stress, depression and phobias
  • Working with trauma
  • General wellbeing and emotional regulation approaches
  • Working with weight management
  • Working with children
  • Working with groups

Prior to launching my private practice I worked as a counsellor in a social enterprise specialising in mental wellbeing, and as an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist for both counselling and clinical hypnotherapy.  I have also worked as a therapeutic Mind-Body Confidence Coach.

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


Member organisations

BACP

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.

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Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Additional information

FEES FOR COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY

  • Initial Consultation (30mins): FREE
  • Standard Fee: £50 - full 1 hour session
  • Concessions: £40 - full 1 hour session (max 8 sessions). Suitable for individuals on low income and students (18+).  Limited spaces.  Subject to availability.
  • Discounts offered for block bookings at standard fee

FEES FOR OTHER THERAPIES

  • EMDR: £65 per 75 minute session (minimum 6 sessions)
  • Hypnotherapy: £65 per 75 minute session (minimum 3 sessions)
  • Fixed-priced individual or group wellbeing programmes are also offered from time to time.  Please see my website for details.

See website for further information and terms

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night
  • The practice is open Tuesday - Friday.
  • Various regular session times offered subject to availability and capacity.
  • Please see my website for details of any current availability.

Sudbury Road
Little Whelnetham
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP30 0UL

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

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Online platforms

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