Anita Duke MBACP(Reg), GHR(Reg) - Integrative Counsellor, Hypnotherapist & Coach
Hi and welcome. I’m Anita and I am an integrative counsellor and therapist - which simply means that I take a very individual, intuitive, and often creative approach to therapy, working collaboratively with you as the unique human being that you are, and adapting my methods according to what you need.
Life can be tough enough without the extra challenges we meet along our path. Truth be known, we all need a helping hand at some point, but your journey is different from anyone else's. That can feel lonely, and often scary, so first and foremost I offer a time and place dedicated to helping you unravel and make sense of what is happening for you, and supporting you to find a way towards the changes you seek.
Perhaps you are burdened with anxiety, uncertainty, stress and negative thoughts and feeling 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?
Whatever is troubling you, taking time to talk - to be really heard by someone you trust and feel comfortable with - can help you gently explore what is going on for you so that you can understand and work through your difficulties, whilst growing in resourcefulness and resilience ready to move on again in life. That's what I can offer you.
Being an Integrative Therapist means that, as well as drawing from several different counselling approaches, I am also trained in other psychotherapies and skills, including CBT practices, Hypnotherapy, NLP, EMDR, Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and The Human Toolbox™ and have previously worked as confidence coach, a counsellor in a social enterprise specialising in mental wellbeing, and as an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist for both counselling and clinical hypnotherapy. When you choose me as your therapist I will work with you according to the challenges you face, what you need and what you respond to. Together we will find a pace and approach right for you, your circumstances and the outcome you seek, and we will regularly review how things are going.
Sessions are one hour, and I offer both short and long-term therapy. 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 can particularly help with:
Anxiety and worrying
Low mood and depression
Stress and work-related issues
Unhelpful, negative thinking
Lack of confidence
Relationship and family problems
Panic, fear and phobias
Exam stress and anxiety
Poor body image / body confidence
Lack of motivation
Life coaching and personal development
With the ever changeable current situation I am offering therapy via secure video link until further notice. This is in accordance with the latest government guidelines and the recommendations of my professional bodies, and I will discuss the safety and practical implications of this way of working with you before we start.
Once the virus is more under control, and government guidelines permit, 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.
Please note: During the course of therapy we will regularly review the current situation and our way of working. If working online becomes an issue, 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.
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 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 telephone conversation you may like time to consider your options, which is absolutely fine, or you may already feel comfortable to book your first full session. It is perfectly normal if this session feels quite daunting, even though we will have already spoken. Perhaps think of it instead as a safe space just for you - a further 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 payment. You certainly won’t be expected to talk for the whole time, which I know is a common worry. Remember that I am used to clients with first appointment nerves so I do my best to make both the initial FREE 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. 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
- Treating trauma
- Weight management
- Working with children
- Working with groups
I hold a current Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate for working with vulnerable adults and children 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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
FREE 30 minute initial telephone consultation
- Counselling & Psychotherapy: £45.00 per 1 hour session
- EMDR: £65 per 90 minute session (minimum 6 sessions)
- Hypnotherapy: £65 per 90 minute session (minimum 3 sessions)
- Low Cost Counselling: £35 per 1 hour session for students (18+) and those on low-incomes (maximum 8 sessions)
Fixed-priced individual or group wellbeing programmes are also offered from time to time. Please see my website for details.