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Celia Hardwick BA MBACP

Brentwood, Essex, CM13
07547 717453 07547 717453
Brentwood, Essex, CM13

About me

Couples' / relationship counselling:

I'm an Emotionally Focused Couples' Therapist with extensive experience of couples' counselling within the NHS and private sector.

I'm a member of the British Emotionally Focused Therapy Centre (BEFT Centre) and proud to be listed as a therapist and member of the International Centre of Excellence For Emotionally Focused Therapy.

I practice Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy because I find that it works.
In my 18 years of being a therapist I have never experienced such fast and profound recovery in my couples as I do now using Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
A substantial body of research outlining the effectiveness of this therapy exists. It is now considered one of the most (if not the most) empirically validated forms of couples therapy.
To find out more see our British Centre website: www.beftcentre.org

Weekend and evening sessions are available.

Sessions take place in a quiet private location, away from the hustle and bustle of life. There's free parking and easy transport links via bus and mainline train.

Internet sessions and home visits are available if required.

Please feel free to arrange a short meeting or telephone call to get to know me a little before committing to counselling sessions.

What happens in Couples' Counselling?

I'll meet you as a couple, in a private room, where I'll help you to explore your difficulties, and gain an understanding of how you want your relationship to be, with a particular emphasis on identifying and changing the negative cycles that can be so painful and distressing. I'll then suggest that we meet for one  individual session each, early on in the process, in order to obtain a more detailed picture of each of your histories and concerns.
After identifying the repeating patterns of behavior that cause distress in your relationship, I'll help you to develop new ways of communicating and relating to each other. I'll work with both partners to provide a safe and supportive space where difficult issues such as affairs and other major challenges can be explored.

I'm trained to have a clear and flexible map of how to help you move towards a safe, strong and loving relationship,  and will guide and support you through this process.   
The goal is to help you to re-discover the feelings that attracted you to one another in the first place and help you to restore a safe and mutually supportive bond between you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Externship In Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • BA Theological studies and Pastoral Care
  • Diploma Counselling
  • Basic training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for couples
  • Couple Therapy for Depression IAPT practitioner training
  • Master Practitioner Eating Disorders and Obesity
  • Certificate in Addiction Studies
  • EN general nursing

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

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.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling

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From £60 per session. Home visits and double sessions as required.  Please enquire for your specific price. 

I provide free couples' counselling to those in the armed forces who have returned from active service.

Further information

I believe that great relationships are the key to happiness and emotional health.

My goal as a therapist is to help my clients move from the agonizing pain of relationship distress, to find peace, love and joy again.

As most counsellors will admit, I have been through it. I've been through the dark days of trying to make a difficult marriage work. I've experienced the highs and lows of mothering four children; all adults now. I've been through good and bad marriage counselling, the turmoil of divorce, and the challenges of dating again. I'm now happily re-married and wonderfully settled. My experiences, coupled with all my training and extensive counselling work, have given me very effective tools to help others.

Rest assured; I'll really listen.

About my counselling

As a couples' therapist I provide a confidential, compassionate and non-judgmental service.

I use Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to help couples with:

  • relationship difficulties
  • emotional and/or physical drift and separation
  • lack of desire and sexual incompatibility
  • financial difficulties
  • recovery from affairs
  • communication difficulties and conflict management
  • co-parenting
  • working towards an amicable divorce

I honour and respect all sexual orientations and practices.

Recent feedback:

“Things have been going really well with L and I at the moment- we are in a much better place and I think that is definitely down to even the few sessions we had with you. We are going to continue to see how things go but if things dip or we need to talk it through again we will definitely be looking to come back to see you again; you really helped us to analyse some big issues in our relationship- so thank you”  F and L

“As for our relationship, we've had some struggles but we've really taken your insights about both our attachment styles and ran with it. It's given us a lens with which to view the many problems we have in our relationship, and has also helped us better understand where these problems come from.
We are now, and have been for a while, employing the techniques we have learnt about our individual attachment styles to really try and make things work between us” J and S


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
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

My counselling room is on the ground floor. Cars can always park directly outside on a private drive, leaving only about 10 level steps to walk before reaching my therapy room.


I am available for weekday, evening and weekend appointments.

Types of client



Celia Hardwick BA MBACP

Celia Hardwick BA MBACP