Anita Duke MBACP, GHR(Reg) - Integrative Counsellor, Hypnotherapist & Coach
Hello and welcome. My name is Anita and I am a registered integrative counsellor, hypnotherapist and therapeutic coach - which simply means that I take an intuitive, creative approach to therapy, working with the unique human being that you are, and adapting my methods according to what you are experiencing and what, together, we find helps you best achieve the change you seek.
Life can be tough enough without the extra challenges we meet along our path and we all need a helping hand at some point. I appreciate that this can feel scary and often lonely 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 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.
Issues I can help with:
Perhaps you are burdened with anxiety, uncertainty, stress and negative thoughts and feel somewhat overwhelmed? Maybe you are feeling stuck, lost or low in mood and 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? These very human difficulties, and those listed below, are all areas I am used to working with and would be happy to help you with too:
- Anxiety and worrying
- Low mood and depression
- Stress and work-related issues
- Unhelpful, negative thinking
- Low self-esteem
- Lack of confidence
- Emotional trauma
- Relationship and family problems
- Panic, fear and phobias
- Negative habits
- Lack of motivation
- Weight management / emotional eating
- Women’s issues
- Life coaching and personal development
Being both an Integrative Counsellor and Integrative Therapist means that as well as drawing from different counselling approaches, both directive and non directive, I am also trained in other psychotherapies and coaching methods, including CBT skills, Hypnotherapy, NLP, EMDR, Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and The Human Toolbox™. I am a strong advocate of 'one size doesn't fit all' and instead use a blend of what I have found works from each of the therapies I am qualified to practice in, tailoring this to your needs.
As an Integrative Therapist I have what is termed in the profession as a 'humanistic' leaning, which means that I actively consider the whole person in front of me - so your combined mental, emotional and physiological needs, your ability to self-resource, and your subjective life experiences. I also have a particular interest in the relationship between the mind (both conscious and subconscious) and the body. I am especially fascinated by how anxiety, stress and trauma is held by the body and how the inherent resources of the human autonomic nervous system can help with this. As such, I use both 'bottom up' (working with the body) as well as the more traditional 'top down' (cognitive / talking) approaches to support the path to emotional healing. If in the course of therapy we identify that there could be behaviour patterns and processes outside of your conscious awareness that are no longer serving you in a healthy way, I may suggest working in a more creative or directed psychodynamic way in order to support self-awareness and change. However you are the expert on you, so when you choose me as your therapist we will explore together to find an approach and pace that is right for you, your circumstances, your mental and physiological needs and the outcome you seek.
I am certified and registered to work both in-person and online in the UK with adults of all ages - from older teenagers/students (age 18+) just getting used to the adult world, to those in or approaching retirement. My sessions are the full 1 hour rather than the 'therapeutic hour' (50 minutes).
I am delighted to be able to once again welcome clients to my therapy room, in accordance with government guidelines. I am equally comfortable with working online if that's what you are now used to and would prefer, and am also temporarily offering a 'blended' approach to ease the transition for those wishing to return face-to-face, whilst being mindful of the ever changing nature of the pandemic.
In-person sessions take place in 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. Online therapy is via a secure video link which you can access from the comfort of your home. The choice is yours.
I provide both short and long-term therapy and sessions last one hour, unless specified. Where possible we will agree a regular time and day to be your 'space' for as long as you need. You may only need a few sessions for a specific problem, 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.
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. However, 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 Zoom consultation for you to get to know me and how I work, and ask any questions that you may have so as to get a real sense of how I can help you.
After this you may like time to consider your options, which is absolutely fine, or you may already feel comfortable to book your first full session.
Your first appointment
It is perfectly normal if this session feels quite daunting, but perhaps think of it as a safe space just for you - a gentle conversation between two people in a friendly, welcoming environment. It will include time for me to take some contact and medical details, and to explain confidentiality, privacy and certain practical considerations, such as cancellations, holidays and payments. You certainly won’t be expected to talk for the whole time, which I am aware is a common worry. I am used to clients with first appointment nerves so I do my best to make both the initial telephone consultation and the 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 on 07885 254319 to book your free consultation. If I am unavailable, I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
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
I have also been awarded the General Qualification in Hypnotherapy Practice (GQHP) by the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC).
In addition, I have trained in:
- Person centred counselling
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Gestalt Therapy
- Transactional Analysis (TA)
- Analytical Psychotherapy / Psychodynamic Therapy
- Treating trauma
- 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.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
FEES FOR COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY
- Initial Consultation (30mins): FREE
- Standard Fee: £50 - full 1 hour session
- Concessions: £35 - 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
Monday - Friday: Various hours.
Evening appointments Monday and Thursdays only.