Katja Fischer, Bedford Community Counselling
Coronavirus Update for Clients
Due to the latest government guidance we have ceased all face to face counselling until further notice. As an alternative, we are pleased to be able to offer our clients telephone sessions and video counselling (via Webex, Zoom, Vsee, WhatsApp, Facetime and Skype).
Assessments for new clients are also available by telephone or video counselling, so please feel welcome to get in touch for more details.
I am an experienced and qualified Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor. I established Bedford Community Counselling (BCC) in 2012 together with a colleague, Jo Moloney. We are passionate about offering an affordable, professional and ethical therapy service to individuals and couples living in and around Bedfordshire.
Our approach places you, our client, at the heart of the work. Our focus is on supporting you as you explore and make sense of whatever difficulties, challenges, questions or experiences may have led you to therapy. We will offer you a warm, confidential and accepting therapeutic relationship, a place where you can feel listened to, supported and safe.
Counselling can help with a variety of issues and experiences, including anxiety, relationship and family issues, depression, feelings of panic, sadness, bereavement, phobias, addictions, abuse and low self-esteem.
We also offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). EMDR is a therapy technique designed for working with distressing or traumatic memories. The theory behind EMDR is that many psychological difficulties are the result of distressing life experiences which have not been stored in memory properly and are said to be unprocessed or blocked. These traumatic memories may need some help to become processed, and EMDR is one way to do this.
We are a Community Interest Company, which means that our focus is on supporting adults in our local community. Our core belief is that affordable individual and couples counselling should be accessible to anyone who wants or needs it, and so we offer a sliding scale of fees to make our service as available as possible. We promote and embrace diversity, equality and difference, in a confidential, neutral and comfortable environment, right in the heart of Bedford. Corporate clients are also very welcome.
We also offer Clinical Supervision to other therapists. Please contact us for more information.
Please feel welcome to contact us by calling or texting us on 07712 306 085 or 01234 768 787, or if you’d prefer, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We understand that it can be difficult to make this first contact, so we will respond to you as quickly as possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
All therapists at Bedford Community Counselling are Accredited or Registered Members of the BACP and are bound by its Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
Our trainee and newly qualified therapists are also members of the BACP and have already completed at least three years training. All of our counsellors have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. All our therapists are supervised, fully insured and engage in regular training.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
We operate a sliding scale for our fees, according to the client’s household income and ability to pay. Please feel welcome to discuss this with us.
Our fees range from £25 to £45 per 50 minute session.
Our fees range from £35 to £55 per 50 minute session.
Our fees range from £40 to £60 per session.
We understand the financial implications of counsellor training, and we have tried to set a fee that takes this into account. Our fees for students studying counselling are £25 per session.
£50 per 90 minute session for counselling students.
£60 per 90 minute session for counselling students.
Bedford Community Counselling is open from 8.30am to 8.30pm, Monday to Friday, and sessions are also available on Saturday mornings. Please feel welcome to discuss the various options available with us.
Free car parking is available in the evenings and there is a pay and display car park very close to our building (which is free after 6pm).