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Elaine Benton

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB23 7XU

About me

I offer confidential professional counselling that offers mutual respect, equality and a non-judgemental atmosphere. Counselling provides an opportunity to explore aspects of one's personality, sense of identity, behavioural patterns to gain a deeper level of insight and understanding about oneself and relatedness. Your unique individuality will help to shape the approach that I believe will best support you during the therapeutic process. This is known as an integrative approach to counselling.

I strongly believe that our sense of wellbeing is what provides us with a need to have a sufficient sense of feeling secure and in control that is dependant upon having a good degree of balance between our physical and psychological well being. It is when that balance is disrupted and the ways in which we would normally use to help us cope and  overcome life's ups and downs are no longer being effective that can result in a range of unfamiliar symptoms/sensations/issues to be experinced resulting in increased levels of vulnerabilty that leads to a state of turmoil.

We are all so much more than any presenting issues.  My style of working with you is about getting to know you as whole with the aim of being a guide and assisting you on your journey of exploration and discovery. Sometimes we may need to revisit earlier chapters of your life to identify any areas in need of closure or recognise any obstacles in place potentially holding you back as well as thwarting the need to heal and grow. By gaining insight and develping self awareness you can learn to embrace and encourage your capacity to use that understanding, utilise the tools you have gained on this journey to self monitor know how to re- regulate in order to maintain stability and focus on moving forwards in life uncluttered, empowered and liberated.

Counselling can help individuals and couples to manage and overcome many areas of their lives for example anxiety, depression, relationship issues, family issues, abuse, panic attacks, anger.

During your initial assessment session we will agree a working contract including the time and frequency of future sessions, and to provide you with an opportunity to consider and outline any issues of concern. My private practice is based in Hardwick, Cambridge, where I provide a relaxed and private environment.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic/Integrative Counselling and have been practising for 17 years with a wide range of client issues.

As well as my private practice I also work as a volunteer counsellor for Maggie's, a charity supporting people affected by cancer. My previous experience includes working as a volunteer counsellor for Centre 33 helping children and young adults, Choices for Women helping adults with a history of childhood abuse, as a member of the Bereavement Support Team at the Arthur Rank Hospice and receiving referrals from the Cambridgeshire County Council employment access to psychotherapy service.

I am a member of the BACP and abide by their code of ethics.

Here are some of the courses I have undertaken as part of my continual professional development
  Choices specialist training - Understanding the effects of childhood sexual abuse.
  Working creatively with bereaved people and young adults.
  Inner Child Therapy
  Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy course
  Working with relational trauma: Dealing with disorganised attachment.
  Palliative care

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also believe that working appropriately with individuals and couples using creative methods has been a very effective way of continuing to explore and support the ongoing working progress within the counselling process.


Individual one hour session  £48

Couples one hour session      £55

Cancellation Policy: 24/48hrs notice required otherwise fee charged.



102 Limes Road
CB23 7XU

Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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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.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Elaine Benton

Elaine Benton