Chris Dowell

Leighton Buzzard, LU7 0NN
07941 860084 07941 860084

About me

Contacting a counsellor for the first time can feel difficult, even scary! You may be asking yourself - What's this person like? Will I get on with them? Will they understand me? Will they judge me?

And so you should. It's really important to find the counsellor that's right for you.

Let me reassure you that firstly, I'm Human, just like you! I have feelings and fears, ups and downs, and will treat you as a unique person with your own experiences and feelings. I won't judge you, patronise you or tell you what to do. What I will do is listen to you and work with you to help you find your way forward.

Since we are all unique and have different experiences, expectations and needs, I am flexible and will work in the way that best suits you. I always aim to provide a warm, welcoming and safe environment where you will be listened to in confidence and never judged.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified, professional counsellor and psychotherapist with many years experience of complex mental health issues. I have helped people with a wide range of issues including Anxiety, Stress, Abuse and Trauma, Depression, Relationship issues, Gambling and addiction, Loss, Bereavement, Health issues, and long-term and complex mental health problems such as personality disorder, PTSD etc.

I am a registered member of the BACP and am fully insured.

I provide volunteer work as a counsellor at a charity, and also run a private practice based at my home in Wing, near Leighton Buzzard.

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

  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy


I offer face to face and online sessions.

Currently, due to Covid I am only offering online sessions. This situation may change as the restrictions are lifted. Please enquire if you have a preference.

Fees are £45 per hour with concessions available.

Concessions offered for

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

Further information

I offer a free initial 30 minute consultation where you can tell me about why you're seeking counselling, find out about me and how I work, and ask any questions. This can be over the phone, online or in person. This won't be a therapeutic session, but an opportunity to explore working together with no obligations.

Visit my website to find out more and to contact me.


Leighton Buzzard

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 Unspecified


I offer flexible appointments. Please enquire with your needs.

Types of client

Chris Dowell

Chris Dowell