About me


I’m a qualified counsellor, trained to draw on a broad range of theories and approaches and put them together in a way that suits you  (“Integrative” in the jargon).  As a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (www.bacp.co.uk) you can be assured that I have been trained to a recognised standard and that I work to a professional code of conduct.

I'm a little unusual in the counselling world as I have over 25 years' experience working in finance and technology.  I’ve worked at board level in some huge organisations and at the coal face in some tiny ones.  And things didn’t always go to plan.  So I have first hand experience of the stresses that come from high pressured work environments and the challenges that real life can bring outside of the counselling room.

I work from my private consulting rooms on the outskirts of Sudbury in Suffolk and online.

I work with individuals and couples aged 18 and over.

There are many reasons why people consider counselling. It might be that you're living with a question that you'd like some help resolving or a feeling that you'd like to understand or change. Whatever your reason, I'm trained to draw on a wide range of psychological theories and approaches to come up with an approach to counselling that suits you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I'm a qualified integrative counsellor (FdA) holding a BSc (Hons), DipHE and FdA.

While my approach is applicable to a broad range of situations and challenges I have particular experience of working with:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Bereavement and grief
  • Emotional and physical abuse
  • Substance misuse and recovery
  • Gender and sexual identity.

Before my training and experience as a counsellor, I had a successful career in finance and technology. So I've also experienced a lot of the highs and lows that big (and small) business can bring outside the counselling room.

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.


Additional information

£50 individual/£60 couples


Appointments available throughout the week including evening and weekend sessions.

Little Cornard

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Ian Shaw

Ian Shaw