Ben Keenan

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MGHI. HG. Dip. (Enhanced DBS)
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Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

As a Human Givens therapist I am trained to understand that for many people the symptoms they are suffering are brought about by their innate needs being blocked in some way. When it comes down to it conditions such as depression, anxiety, panic or any of the others that we can suffer from are almost impossible to give a definitive description of that would fit everyone. This is because the circumstances and responses that have lead to the difficulties are never completely alike for any two people. Trying to tackle a symptom head on in my experience is often only the cause of further distress. Carrying traumatic and painful memories are also blocks to our needs getting met but endlessly going over these memories serves only to deepen them.

Human Givens therapists are all carefully trained to be able to treat traumatic memories in a fast, safe and effective way. Over the years so much has been written about psychotherapy and counselling and often with such dizzying complexity that it becomes inaccessible. Therapy doesn't need to be like this Human Givens is intended to be an effective solution focused approach, our research shows that our clients often achieve life changing improvement in 4 to 6 sessions. This is a chunk to read I know but please remember that with the new understanding of how our minds work it means that for a great many people it just no longer has to be that way.

I also keep available a limited number of sessions for clients in financial difficulty

Training, qualifications & experience

Human Givens MHGI. HG. Dip. (Dist)

The Human Givens Register is PSA accredited (Public Standards Authority)

Working for PTSD Resolution and the Red Poppy Company

After having 27 years working in emotional support in a variety of areas within the voluntary sector I left to retrain in the Human Givens Approach. I now combine those years of experience with the powerful insights and techniques taught during the various levels of training required to achieve level 3 HG accreditation. I carry full public liability insurance and I also ensure that I have regular supervision sessions with a qualified Human Givens supervisor. On my website I have a series of short films where I discuss aspects of therapy.

HGI Diploma 2015

HGI post Graduate Diploma 2017

Member organisations

Human Givens Institute (HGI)

The Human Givens Institute (HGI) is both a membership organisation and a professional body representing the interests of those in the caring and teaching professions who have an interest in or utilise the human givens approach. Counselling Directory register Registered Members (MHGI) and Fellow Members (FHGI), who will have completed the Post Graduate Practitioner's Assessment (Part III) and who are fully qualified to practise as a human givens therapist or counsellor. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

Human Givens Institute
Accredited Register Scheme

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Human Givens Institute


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

My fee is £50.00 per session which is usually an hour or just over. I am able to take card payment if it is easier.

When I work

I am flexible, with weekday appointments and some evening/weekend availability.  I also keep open a limited number of sessions for clients in financial difficulty.

Further information

What to expect from therapy

This is a difficult part to write. How do i communicate what I am about?

How do I work? well the thing is that while many people have a recognisable symptom that can be given a label or a name, the circumstances that have brought about these symptoms are different for everyone. Trying to pathologies and dictate a set way of treating any condition just doesn't work for me and I feel it causes unneeded difficulty for already vulnerable clients.

I try to keep my approach as grounded and as simple as possible. I don't use any theory or intervention unless I can understand it and experience it my self as I have a natural inclination to stay away from over complex ideas. Many people have a fear of approaching therapy because of the powerful emotions that might be brought up. I personally feel that you should be leaving a session feeling better not worse. The Human Givens approach is about achieving measurable relief to symptoms quickly.

Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

I also provide out door walk and talk sessions