Elaine Bennett

BA (Hons) Counselling, MEd, MBACP
Dereham, Norfolk, NR20

About me

Bridge Counselling Norfolk

I am an integrative counsellor trained to use different counselling approaches depending upon your needs. I offer a safe, non-judgemental space, where the client is at the heart of the therapeutic relationship, to enable an exploration of those issues brought to counselling. I am trained to use creative methods such as art, soft toys, puppets etc, therapeutically with adults and young people, and to use art and play materials working within a play room setting with children.

If you are wondering why I call my service Bridge Counselling it is because - metaphorically - a bridge can represent a journey from one point to another, for example from despair to hope, from brokenness to wholeness from darkness to light. A bridge can provide a vantage point to stop and look strategically at what is going on around us and counselling can help to give you the opportunity to see things from a different perspective.

Bridges can also be the structures to help people across choppy waters and a walkway to connections between people where relationships may be problematic.

I believe it is important that in counselling the client retains autonomy and I will be alongside you as you explore what you need in a way which is beneficial to you. Hopefully counselling will encourage you to gain insight into your circumstance and discover how best to move forward.

I have a designated counselling room and there is ample parking space. An initial assessment is free and if you decide you would like to work with me we can discuss when might be a suitable time to meet.

As a registered member of both the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and the Association of Christian Counsellors accredited registers I work within their Ethical Frameworks. Please email if you wish to make an enquiry.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA (Hons) Counselling - University of Roehampton
Master of Education (Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling) - University of Cambridge
MBACP Registered Member and ACC Registered Member

Fellow of the Association of Christian Counsellors

I have a private practice and also counsel in schools.  I was a Senior Associate Counsellor at a College of Further Education in London and have also worked with children in schools with Place2Be, a service for young people, Big C Cancer Charity, 4Cs in Norfolk and a post-natal depression service. My experience covers anxiety, relationship difficulties, bereavement, depression and postnatal depression, stress including work related stress, abuse, domestic abuse, phobias, OCD, self-esteem, spirituality, transcultural counselling, anger, panic disorder and eating disorders.  I have an enhanced DBS.

I counsel young people who may want to make sense of life, identity, growing up and want to talk about their relationships, family issues, experiences, self-esteem, anxiety, stress, education issues to name but a few. I have worked with children for example who have been bereaved, are anxious, when families have split up, who find school difficult, have been bullied or have insecure attachments.

I have also worked with a number of young people who have Asperger’s who have used counselling to help them make sense of their world and relationships and to manage stress.

Prior to training as a counsellor I worked in local government and was also a trained mentor and worked with students in secondary schools.

Member organisations


Association for Christian Counsellors

The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK.

The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.


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.


Additional information

£40 for 60 minute session

I offer a reduced rate of £30 to students undertaking a counselling course.


Type of session


Types of client

Young people

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

Elaine Bennett

Elaine Bennett