Ellie Goodman, MA, MBACP

Ellie Goodman, MA, MBACP

Bedford Consulting Rooms
4 Goldington Road
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK40 3NF

07748 183 075

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Bedford Consulting Rooms
4 Goldington Road
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK40 3NF

07748 183 075

About me

Hi, my name is Ellie and I am an experienced individual, couples and relationship therapist based in Bedford.

I work with people to explore the complexities in their lives and relationships, whether these be current or in the past. The thought of starting therapy can be scary but we will go at your pace and try to make it as easy and as comfortable as possible.  I meet many people who ask me if there is hope and my answer is that if you're brave enough to start the therapy journey then there is always hope .  I truly believe that.

The way I work is mostly psychodynamically and systemically influenced. Sometimes our early relationships can impact upon our adult relationships, and cause difficulties around intimacy and trust. Our relationships can be negatively affected by the expectations of the culture we live in, and wider society. These experiences can often lead to feelings of stress, depression and anxiety.  Relationship and family issues of any nature can also impact on our self esteem and cause feelings of sadness and/or loneliness.  I offer a safe, supportive environment where we can take the time to explore these and other issues.

I have a counselling room available in central Bedford. For individuals I also offer the option of walking therapy, either at Harrold Country Park or Priory Marina (other locations can be discussed). I believe walking can be very helpful for people who find it challenging to express themselves, or who find sitting opposite a therapist too intense. Walking and being in nature can be helpful with the flow of thoughts and ideas. We can agree between us how to manage confidentiality whilst in open spaces.

Alternatively, I also offer online therapy. Online therapy can work well for those who are limited as to when they are able to get out of the house, or how far they are able to travel.  When doing couples counselling, relationship or family therapy, meeting online can be particularly useful when one or more people are working away, as it allows us to continue to meet every week, and the therapy is therefore less interrupted.

If you have any questions that you want to ask me please do contact me.  If you would find it helpful to have a short phone conversation before you make your first appointment we can arrange that.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MA Relationship Therapy
  • Graduate Certificate in Couples Counselling
  • Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • BSc (hons) Psychology

I have experience of working as a relationship therapist with Relate over a total of 6 years. My approach is integrative (psychodynamic and systemic), and I am interested in the way we are shaped as humans, both by our experiences within our families of origin, and by the cultures in which we are raised, and live in as adults, whether or not these be the same.

Much of my work with couples, and individuals, involves talking  about instances of abuse, including emotional abuse, psychological abuse, financial abuse and sexual abuse as well as domestic violence.  These can all be really difficult experiences to talk about, but I can offer a safe space where we can talk about the implications of abuse and its impact on self esteem and mental health.  If abuse is happening in a couple relationship, couples can be seen together or separately, depending on what is required.  As with all the therapy I offer, confidentiality and safety will be prioritised.

I have worked for many years to raise awareness of gender, sexual and relationship  diversity (also known as LGBTQ+) within my counselling work and other settings, both professional and personal.

I have experience of working with people with dementia, and of the very particular difficulties that people can face in their relationships when a diagnosis of dementia is made.

I also have a lot of experience working with couples from different cultural backgrounds, many of whom do not share a first same language.

Before training as a therapist I worked for 10 years in mental health services, working with people with a variety of mental health difficulties including, but not limited to, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, and depression.

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Relationship issues and couples counselling, including affairs and betrayal, sex problems, separation and divorce.
  • Gender Sexual and Relationship diversity (GSRD)
  • LGBTQ+ including gender dysphoria
  • Kink and BDSM affirmative
  • Inter ethnic relationships
  • Cultural differences in relationships
  • Language differences in relationships
  • Friendships
  • Family counselling
  • Domestic abuse including emotional, psychological, financial and sexual abuse, and domestic violence.
  • Mental health including anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder and depression

Fees

Individuals £50, Relationship £55, Family £60, Students £40.

Subsidised sessions are sometimes available, please enquire if you cannot afford the full fee.

Maps & Directions

Bedford, MK40 3NF

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Yes

Availability

Monday 930am - 330pm Tuesday 10am - 230pm, 7-9pm Thursday 6-9pm Friday 1030am - 6pm

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups