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About me

Many factors in our lives can contribute to us losing our way; anxiety and stress being just two. I work from the understanding that the alliance between us as therapist and client will be a catalyst for change in the therapeutic work that we undertake together. My approach is an integrative one, drawing on a number of theories and approaches that I have been trained in. Working collaboratively, we will identify areas in your life where you may be feeling stuck or directionless, and work together to make positive, lasting changes. Counselling provides a safe place for you to explore your thoughts and feelings; we will work together to address your thoughts and feelings and their overall impact on your life and behaviours, habits and happiness.

I am also qualified in Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy, with Hypnotherapy being an additional tool we can use in therapy if desired. Hypnotherapy can help you achieve a deep, focused attention on an idea or suggestion. We may use Hypnotherapy as an adjunct to therapeutic interventions as a way of cementing new beliefs and ideals. The style of Hypnotherapy that I use is not trance-based; rather a focused state of attention where you are fully present throughout. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been found to have greater, positive outcomes when used alongside Hypnotherapy.

Ultimately, my aim is to provide a safe and positive place for you to explore your concerns and find your own meanings for your experiences.

Regardless of the therapeutic intervention or approach we choose to follow together during therapy, my paramount focus is the working alliance between you, the client, and me, the therapist. Research has shown that greater therapy outcomes are led first and foremost by the therapeutic relationship, than by the specific treatment employed.

“Life as a therapist is a life of service in which we daily transcend our personal wishes and turn our gaze toward the needs and growth of the other. We take pleasure not only in the growth of our patient but also in the ripple effect – the salutary influence our patients have upon those whom they touch in life.”

Irvin D. Yalom (The Gift of Therapy)

I specialise in the following areas: -

  • Stress management
  • Anxiety
  • Coaching
  • Relaxation
  • Mindfulness
  • Performance
  • Weight management
  • Confidence
  • Trauma
  • Working with young people (age 11 up)

I offer both face to face and online sessions (limited availability) from my practice in Bedford.

I am an accredited registrant member of The National Counselling Society and a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register. I abide by each of their Code of Ethics.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • UKCHH Diploma in Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy
  • Certificate in Occupational Stress Management
  • Certificate in Hypno-Coaching
  • Certificate in Trauma, the Brain and Recovery
  • Certificate in Working with Insomnia

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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

Weight management

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Walk and Talk Therapy

Fees

From £60.00 to £75.00

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Please contact me to arrange a free, 20 minute initial consultation (via telephone).

One hour session of Counselling - £65.

Hour and a half sessions including Hypnotherapy - £75.

Child and Adolescent Counselling - £60.

I have a limited number of concessional rate slots for working with key workers and also young people. Please contact me for further details and current availability. 

Concessional rates available for trainee counsellors. 

I am currently offering the following package deals: -

Introduction to Mindfulness Course (tailored to individuals) - £250 

This package includes 6 sessions (each one hour in length) with me. Over those 6 sessions I will introduce you to the practise of mindfulness, and then look with you at the different ways you can incorporate mindfulness into your daily life. We will work together to establish what kind of mindfulness appeals to you specifically, and set achievable goals in how you can then add this valuable practise into your routine. It takes 21 days to form a habit or new routine. You can be confident in the knowledge that by the end of this series of sessions you will be living more mindfully and feeling the benefits. 

I also offer a version of this course for group settings. Please contact me for further details. 

Stress Management Course - £250

This package includes 6 sessions (one hour each) with me. During those sessions we will explore options that suit you to better manage stress. An overall approach and personal strategy implementations will serve you better ultimately than concentrating solely on areas of life that you find particularly stressful. There will be an introduction to relaxation and mindfulness techniques that you can take away and integrate into your routines to help you better manage any stress that may occur. 

I also offer a version of this course for group settings. Please contact me for further details. 

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Please contact me to discuss availability requirements. 

Further information

I have over a decade of experience working with young people.

I am also registered with the General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) for my work as a Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapist.

Also registered with Hypnotherapy Directory.

Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK44

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Zoom

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Clare Dudeney, Lodestone Therapies (MNCS Accred.)

Clare Dudeney, Lodestone Therapies (MNCS Accred.)