Elaine Benton

Elaine Benton

102 Limes Road
CB23 7XU

01954 210660

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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 15 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

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Accredited register membership

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.

Maps & Directions

Cambridge, CB23 7XU

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Monday 8:00 -17:30 Wednesday 8.00 - 17.30

Types of client

Young people
Older adults