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About me

Deciding to seek counselling can be a difficult, sometimes anxiety provoking experience. You may have heard about other people's experiences and may be swayed by this. Counselling is a very personal choice, it is about dealing with what may going on in your life right now, a sudden crisis in a relationship or at work, for example or what may have happened in the past, issues which may be making life difficult to manage in the here and now. Therefore, it is important to find a therapist that you feel comfortable and safe with.

A Little About Me:

My name is Bhavna, thank you for visiting this page. I am an experienced, qualified, BACP accredited counsellor with 18+ years experience in providing short, medium and long-term therapy via face to face, telephone and Skype. Immediate telephone and face to face appointments are available in Newquay, Cornwall, please feel free to get in touch.

What Happens In Counselling?

When you choose to have counselling with me, we will begin by exploring what your needs and expectations are from counselling at our first meeting - this enables us both to be sure that we can work powerfully and fruitfully together. Counselling is not about giving advice, instead, I see it as YOUR time and space to explore what YOU want or need to, in order to live a full and joy-filled life. To this end, I will be led by you, but will respectfully and gently challenge you to be your greatest possible Self by offering proven tools and strategies to harness your power.

Getting Started:

When you decide you might like to work with me, please get in touch by email or telephone to book an initial appointment. We will then meet (or speak on the phone if you don't live locally!) as agreed for a 50 minute session - this appointment will allow us to get to know a little bit about each other. You can tell me what brought you to seek counselling at this point in your life, what you would like to get out of working with me (it is quite alright to not know this immediately!) and ask me any questions you might have. If we decide we would like to work together, then we simply book another appointment and continue from there. There are no set number of sessions, you decide when you want to stop and we will work towards that!

A Little Background:

I have been counselling for over 18 years and have been privileged to work with a diverse range of clients from around the world, of all ages between 11 to 92, presenting with a host of issues from day to day emotional issues, anxiety, depression, relationships, affairs, sexuality and panic to extreme trauma and bereavement. I am comfortable working with short, medium and long term sessions and my approach will be tailored to your presenting needs. This means I will be open and flexible in my response to what you bring to our sessions. Some people choose to work on a single issue over a period of time, whilst others will want to explore more. Your availability, budget and willingness to engage in the counselling relationship will dictate what you get out of it. My role is to provide you with a safe, respectful and non-judgemental environment in which you can be your complete self. I value and am open to ongoing feedback during our work so that we can both 'course correct' our work and ensure it is always meeting your expectations within reason.

Ongoing research and investigation of new approaches to therapy form a significant part of my private practice, reflection and inform my work. I strongly believe in empowering my clients with effective and practical 'tools' to explore and use in their journey so that they will know how to respond if an issue recurs in the future. To this end, there will be times when you will be offered techniques to explore to aid in your own healing process with ongoing support and joint evaluation throughout our work together.

I am particularly interested in offering safe and accepting counselling support to the LGBTQ community as there is very little support for this community in Cornwall. There is little I have not heard of or worked with, so please be assured that I will not be shocked by anything you say nor judge you in any way. If for any reason we cannot work together, I will be happy to help you find other suitable support.

Here are some comments from previous clients (with their permission and in their words)

No words can express how grateful I am to have had such a wonderful councillor. Bhavna has helped me find my inner warrior, her advice and listening ear is what we all need in times of need.  I have found my voice and I am now able to articulate and assert myself.  I would recommend Bhavna to anyone who needs a gentle voice to help guide them towards a realistic and peaceful resolution.  Thank you Bhavna for all of your help, I will always remember you! SG 05/11/2019

Talking to a perfect stranger about myself was not easy initially but I realised very quickly that this agency really does believe that to Just Be Yourself is the way forward. My therapist's warm and gentle presence gave me the confidence to be myself; I felt comfortable and relaxed and did not feel I was being judged, rather, I was being encouraged to express my innermost thoughts and feelings in a place of safety. I would highly recommend this agency to anyone who needs help to move forward. RM 14/08/2015

Bhavna is a warm, sincere and empathetic counsellor and person and I would highly recommend her. She made me feel like I didn't have to struggle alone and that I am at all times allowed to be myself and tend to my needs at my own pace. She made me feel like I am not crazy and actually a valuable person, who had very rational reasons for the difficulties I was going through and helped me with my mindset to get through them. while remaining sensitive to my personal style and interests. O 18/08/2015

Professional and productive counselling that allows you to work through and explore issues at your own pace. Bhavna is fabulous and positive. This is the first counselling experience I've had that helps you make real progress and move life forward. I recommend Bhavna highly. Jay 20/08/2015

My first meeting with Bhavna was when I was a student of Counselling & Psychology. I am in no doubt Bhavna’s subject knowledge, academic approach and insight contributed to my own BSc 1st Class Hons Degree. I was so impressed with Bhavna’s skills I subsequently requested her supervision. Just Be Yourself Counselling Practice offered me a confidential, non-judgemental, emphatic and respectful environment which allowed me to both accurately consider my own experiences whilst also facilitating personal and professional development. Should your concerns be historic or current, be as a result of life events or associated with poor mental health Just Be Yourself Counselling will facilitate a programme tailor made for you to talk and reflect freely in a warm and secure environment. Chris Shepherd - Coordinator – The Sanctuary - Self Help Services. www.selfhelpservices.org.uk

Bhavna has been an excellent support through a difficult period for me. She came highly recommended to me by a friend who was suffering a bereavement and relationship break up. I contacted her after a divorce and her absolute warmth and wisdom, really helped me to turn a corner. She is very open-minded and gently but firmly offers her support. I very much recommend you give her a try. Name Witheld, London 03/09/15

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an Integrative Humanistic Counsellor trained in a number of clinical approaches including Person-Centred Counselling, Psychodynamic, Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy, Brief Solution Focused Therapy and Transactional Analysis in order to tailor my counselling practice to your specific needs. I also incorporate approaches from Eastern Philosophy and other dynamic methods to help you get on with your life as quickly as possible and to help you to 'Just Be Yourself'. I have also attended specialist training with Pink Therapy UK in order to work in an affirmative, empathic and supportive manner with LGBTQ clients. I currently work with clients based locally in the Newquay, around the UK and internationally and have flexible appointments to suit all.

I am Accredited and qualified to a high level with an MSc in Counselling Psychology and a BSc (Hons) in Psychology. I am also a qualified Adult Educator with over 20 years of teaching experience in colleges across London and the South-West including Truro. Additionally, I work with a number of national and international EAPs and am a Critical Incident Debriefer with experience of working with individual workplace and major incidents including supporting rescue personnel and survivors after the London Bombings, survivors of the Rwandan Genocide and UK based families affected by the 9/11 tragedy in New York as well as supporting organisations, staff and families coping with fatalities in the workplace. I have extensive experience in the private, corporate and voluntary sector.

As an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP accred) I am bound by their stringent codes of ethics and practice. I am covered by insurance to practice and subscribe to ongoing professional development to enhance my clinical practice. I also hold a current DBS certificate.

Please do visit my website for further information and to explore free, downloadable useful articles I have written on dealing with stress, anxiety, relationship issues, etc.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have extensive experience with:

  • short term clinical contracts
  • employment related issues
  • colleague relations,
  • work/life balance,
  • self care,
  • avoiding burnout,
  • telephone and on-line counselling provision
  • specific issues experienced by the LGBTQ community

I have worked with national and international EAP providers with brief contracts and have provided Critical Incident debriefing across London and the South-West.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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My fees:

Each session (including the initial assessment) is 50 minutes long for individuals

Daytime Mon- Fri: 10.00 - 17.00 - (i) £55.00

I do offer some lower cost sessions - please email me for availability.

To book an appointment, you can call or email me. For further details please do visit my website: www.justbeyourself.co.uk

Further information

Local Clients

I am based in the centre of Newquay, a few minutes from the town centre and within easy distance of Truro, Bodmin and St Austell. There are good transport links and ample parking in nearby streets and car parks. My premises are easy to find and in a safe location for darker evening appointments in winter etc.

International Clients

For clients who are not local to me, but would like to work with me, I specialise in offering telephone counselling and also work on-line via Skype. In addition to the UK, I currently have clients around the world, and have worked previously with clients in Australia, Uganda, Gibraltar, France and Italy! For the sake of clarity, we will book sessions in GMT and clients would call me at our agreed time. Please note missed sessions are charged for.

I am sorry but I am unable to accommodate clients with mobility issues due to stairs leading to the counselling room.


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

Office in Newquay, Cornwall


I can offer flexible daytime and early evening appointments throughout the week. Please email me with any specific queries, I aim to respond within 24 hours.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Just Be Yourself Counselling Newquay Bhavna Raithatha BSc, MSc, MBACP (Accred)

Just Be Yourself Counselling Newquay Bhavna Raithatha BSc, MSc, MBACP (Accred)