Bedford Counselling Centre
Bedford Counselling and Training is a Charity whose aim is to provide affordable counselling to those in need in the Bedford area and surrounding areas. We are a service for adults (people of 18 years and over).
People seek counselling for different reasons such as:
- coping with crises
- depression and anxiety
- abuse and neglect
- problems in their relationship to food
- relationship difficulties
- sexuality and gender identity
- sadness, loss and grief
- a feeling of loss of purpose or inadequacy
- difficulties in managing illness or chronic disease.
You can begin by telephoning or emailing us. Please leave your contact details and someone will get back to you as soon as possible to arrange an appointment for an assessment meeting.
What happens at assessment?
At your assessment an experienced counsellor will give you time and space to talk through your difficulties and ask about your life story. This appointment will take about 90 minutes. After this assessment we will consider the best counsellor for you, and your assigned counsellor will contact you with an appointment to start your counselling.
You will have a weekly session with the same counsellor, which will always be at the same time and place and last 50 minutes.
This is a space to reflect and think about difficult emotions: to be listened to by someone who won’t judge you, and think through old patterns of behavior; to come to terms with your life difficulties and make changes if you can.
Your counselling is confidential. Only if the counsellor considered there to be a risk of you harming yourself or others would they involve other professional agencies, and this would be done with your full knowledge.
Training, qualifications & experience
All our counsellors are professionally trained and supervised, and are registered with the BACP or other similar professional body.
Member organisations *
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 we deal with
There is an initial charge to cover the cost of assessment.
Following this, fees for your sessions are charged on a sliding scale according to your income. The minimum fee is £15 per session, the top of the scale is £45.00.
This Google map link shows you where we are based in Bedford. Cut and paste the link into your browser to view. We are next door to the St John's Ambulance Service. Parking is available nearby at the Retail Park on Rope Walk.