Ian Black

Ian Black

9 Short Brackland
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 1EL

15 St Cuthberts Street
MK40 3JB

07967 856202 / 07967 856202

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9 Short Brackland
Bury St Edmunds
IP33 1EL

15 St Cuthberts Street
MK40 3JB

07967 856202 / 07967 856202

About me

Hello, I am Ian Black, Counsellor and Therapeutic life-coach providing affordable counselling in Bury St Edmunds (Mondays and Fridays) and Bedford. In addition to Diplomas in Therapeutic Counselling Fusion Therapeutic Coaching, I am a Relate Qualified and Licensed Relationship and Couples Therapist.

A Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy BACP; I am on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. I am also a member of the BACP Coaching Division.

While I provide counselling whatever the area of concern, my therapeutic approach means we will work together to help you deal with life's problems, I also offer coaching and guidance. Some people want a little more from their counsellor; maybe a way of achieving goals, or focussing on the future. For this I offer a bespoke coaching programme incorporating counselling, CBT and goals-focussed coaching.

You might have issues around communication, rows and arguments, low self-esteem, stress, depression, anxiety, bereavement, or you may wish to move on with your life but find yourself stuck; we can work together to achieve the future you want.
Increasingly, due to stresses of modern living, relationships can be strained, I can support you to get through the tough times.

While my approach is applicable to anyone regardless of gender, belief or background, I have experience in dealing with military and ex-servicemen and their families the pressures and strains on relationships and families, and I understand the particular issues and how you may be affected.

Training, qualifications & experience

What I can help with but not limited to

Relationships; Anger Management, Anxiety, Asperger Syndrome, Depression, Health related issues, Mens Issues, Mental health issues, OCD, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Self Esteem, Self Harm, Service Veterans, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues.


Level 5 Diploma in Relationship Counselling, Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling,; Certificate in Resource Based Therapies, Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies; Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills.

Diploma in Therapeutic Coaching 2015

City and Guilds Level Six in Management and Leadership

Diploma in Arabic

Types of therapy

Brief Therapy, Person Centred, Therapeutic Coaching incorporating CBT and Human Givens, Relationships


Since 2011, I have worked as a counsellor helping unemployed, disadvantaged and vulnerable clients to (re) gain self respect and confidence, enabling them to enter or re-enter the workplace or feel beter about seeking work. Underlying issues such as self-esteem, anxiety, bereavement, relationship often act as barriers to fulfilment and I have worked with numerous clients to achieve their goals successfully.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Pressures around military life, including the effects on relationships.


Individual clients: £35-45, concessions available.

Single-session Assessment and coaching (90 Minutes) £50.

Couples, £50 per session.

Further information

Clients I work with

Adults, Older Adults, couples,

How I deliver therapy

Therapy rooms in  Bury St Edmunds (Monday and Friday) and Bedford. Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling/Skype are options. Weekends are available by arrangement.  Call, text or email to discuss the best way forward.

Maps & Directions

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1EL
Bedford, MK40 3JB

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Some appointments are available now in Bedford from 9am to 8pm, Weekend appointments negotiable . Bury St Edmunds Mondays and Fridays, 11am-to 9pm.Home visits as necessary.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme