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Ben Keenan MGHI. HG. Dip. (Enhanced DBS)

Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45
07860 195303 07860 195303
Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45

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 using dogma 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 very fast 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 a fast 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.

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.

Member organisations


Human Givens Institute

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

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.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Human Givens psychotherapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


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.

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.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


I am flexible, with weekday appointments and some evening/weekend availability

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Ben Keenan MGHI. HG. Dip. (Enhanced DBS)

Ben Keenan MGHI. HG. Dip. (Enhanced DBS)