Charles Mead PGDIP, NDip, Counsellor/Therapist, Accred, PSI/CBT Cert, BUPA

Charles Mead PGDIP, NDip, Counsellor/Therapist, Accred, PSI/CBT Cert, BUPA

120 Tavistock Street
MK40 2SA

07724938379 / 07724938379

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About me

My long experience as a Manager and Senior Therapist/Counsellor in the NHS Mental Health Services, has enabled me to offer often brief, effective and appropriate therapy, in my successful private practice.

I provide a friendly and empathic approach to counselling and therapy, which is always in complete collaboration with each client. I work toward enabling clients to find happiness by finding positive ways forward, often within a person centered or psycho dynamic framework and often utilizing effective methods which are solution focused. These may include Cognitive Therapy (PSI-CBT) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) which is a similar approach to EMDR Therapy (used to help reduce some effects of PTSD).

I have gained valuable experience working within professional NHS services for over twenty years, helping people to overcome difficulties which may range from Serious Anxieties, Panics, Phobias and Addictive Behaviours; to Depressions, Losses, Fears, Worries, Relationship difficulties and General unhappiness. I now work exclusively in Private Practice.

I am an Accredited member of BACP and my name is on the BACP/Central Government public listing, which means that I am registered with the Central Government quality register. My training, skill and experience have been approved to the advanced status of Accreditation to British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. This helps assure clients that therapists are trained to high approval standards, work within BACP ethical agreements and are subject to the conditions (including complaint proceedures) of BACP.

I offer a confidential and a friendly experience, with the aim of successfully achieving relief, happiness and management of MH difficulties often within a 'short to medium' period of time. My work is in private and secure rooms in Bedford, which also offer good Disability Access and Facilities.

I have a long experience with all aspects of work on a 1:1 basis, or with couples and also provide Supervision services to counsellors, practitioners and students.

I encourage potential clients to provisionally phone me to discuss briefly and in confidence, their needs and to determine how best to move forward with appropriate and effective help.

After an initial 'meeting session' clients often feel a strong sense of relief and welcome the opportunity to book further therapy sessions, or on rare occassions may be helped, by being sighposted to other professional specialists. My work is normally very short term, always helpful in finding happiness and often very effective in managing more severe and perhaps enduring symptoms. Longer term work is not unusual to suite the needs of other clients.

Telephone or Text: 07724 938379

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Web site:

Practice Address: 120 Tavistock Street Bedford

Bedfordshire MK40 2SA

Training, qualifications & experience

My long experience in private practice and as a manager and senior therapist/counsellor in NHS Mental Health services, helps clients to quickly feel welcomed, and feel truly 'listened to.' This helps to quickly and accurately define and understand symptoms and unpleasant feelings.

It is very important to each client to quickly feel that therapy is working for them, and by helping clients to regain genuine self control, enables sometimes remarkeable understanding and new found skill, to use easily taught strategies; so necessay in recognising and managing any return of symptons.

Brief overview:
- I have over twenty years working as manager, therapist and practitioner in Mental Health Social Services and NHS Foundation Trust.
- Long and successful private practice.
- Certificate in PSI/CBT (Psychological and Social Interventions and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
- National Diploma in Counselling (Person Centred and Psychodynamic).
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Person Centred and Psychodynamic).
Teacher in Higher Education (Counselling and Therapy).
Qualified 'Wellbeing' Trainer (NHS Standard).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have over twenty years experience working with people who had suffered moderate and chronic psychological, social and physical difficulties.
I am familiar with a very wide spectrum of symptoms and diagnosis and help clients to find effective help and individual solutions.


  • Brief confidential telephone of charge
    Initial Counselling or Therapy Assessment meeting (50 minutes)....£45 (one to one)
    Counselling or Therapy (50 minutes sessions)....£45 (one to one)
    Couple Counselling (50 minutes sessions)....£55
    Supervision of Practitioners and students (one hour)....£50 (one to one)
    Supervision of Practitioners and students (1 1/2 hour)..£65 (one to one)

    Usually payable at the beginning or end of each session.

Further information

Each person who may endure difficulties will often describe a sense of isolation and lonliness attached to very unpleasant feelings and symptoms. (One in four people in the UK experience Mental Health illness and the stigma and embarrassement may also become severe) My long experience enables a safe and confidential theraputic relationship to quickly form, which promotes belief, understanding and ultimately a positive and 'can do' sense of future.

I co-ordinated a community based Art Group which won the best East of England NHS Mental Health project in 2008, with special commendation for Equality and Diversity. The project called 'The Expressions Group' enabled people with Mental Health difficulties to express themselves, meeting in the community (usually overlooking Bedford river) in making a highly creative collection and publishing a successful book.
My time was supported by the local NHS Foundation Trust Day Care Services. The book is available through Bedfordshire libraries and is entitled 'From Darkness into Light'.

I am having fun writing a children's Novel, an adventure book called 'The magic carpet ride to Zamora', which is a strange world in a parallel universe.

Please see my Web Site for further information about counselling and therapy and additional information about my services.
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Maps & Directions

Bedford, MK40 2SA

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

Disability friendly toilets


Week days and some week day evenings available

Types of client

Older adults

Supervision & training

Supervision Services in Bedford:.

Online supervision:No
Telephone supervision:Yes
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