Emma Bates

Dip.Couns, MBACP
Chard, Somerset, TA20

About me

Hello, I am a qualified integrative counsellor and I work in a way that is supportive and enables us to work together to look at, explore and help resolve your struggles. By drawing across several therapeutic models when working with you, ensures that I am able to meet your needs individually; as everyone's experiences of life are unique.

Each appointment with me is an hour long and is a confidential and non-judgmental space for you to be heard, listened to and valued. I am able to offer evening appointments if this is preferable for you.

I work with people of all ages from 18 years old and have helped people with a wide range of issues including anxiety, bereavement, postnatal depression, trauma, panic attacks, low self esteem, relationship and family issues, trauma, sexual abuse, stress and job related stress and self harm, often feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope, or experiencing unwelcome feelings and behaviours . I truly believe in the empowerment of people and in doing so believe that you are and can be the expert within your own life and in seeking what you want.

Taking that first step into finding a counsellor can be overwhelming and may be a daunting experience, so it is important that you feel comfortable with and able to trust your therapist. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I have always worked with people from a caring and supportive role through to coaching and empowering people, whether this has been people I have supported or family, friends and colleagues. This passion for helping people and progression throughout my career naturally led me to counselling and on completing the beginner level I realised this was where I wanted to be with people.

I also work in the NHS as a Practice Counsellor.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

I have regular supervision and I adhere to the BACP ethical framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy.

Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Aim awards Lvl 5)

Diploma in Counselling (Aim awards Lvl 4)

Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB Lvl 3)

Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB Lvl 2)

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.

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£40.00 per session

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • BUPA
  • HealthAssured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA

Additional information

Appointments are an hour long and are charged at £40 an hour.


Please email me for availability.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

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.

I am able to offer home appointments for people with mobility issues or other medical issues which may mean you are unable to or struggle to leave your home.


Emma Bates

Emma Bates