Keith Baker BACP Integrative Counsellor & Neurofeedback Practitioner
199 Bath Road
If your struggles in life are complex, you may be confused about what to do to make things better. To help you more deeply I use a range of approaches, and together we can explore combinations to help you and/ or your family.
Are you feeling or struggling with:
- Anxiety & Stress
- Feeling you are walking on eggshells
- Conflict within the home
- Loss & Grief
- Children struggling in education
- ADHD, Asperger’s & Autism
- Behaviour change following head injury
- Drugs & alcohol
If you are feeling or struggling with any of the above, and don’t know why you are not getting past these feelings or difficulties, it may be because they have several causes.
I use well tested methods of Integrative Counselling, LENS Neurofeedback, Emotional Acupressure and Therapeutic Play. These allow me to help you heal in several ways, which means that the healing process is deeper and faster, to help you improve and move on in your life, in your own time.
Our initial meeting will help clarify what you would like to get out of our sessions, and what approach or approaches are likely to suit you. I will also explain in a bit more detail the approaches I use that are relevant to you, so you can make an informed decision about whether you would like to have regular sessions.
"Has helped not only our son, but our whole family."
"We were really struggling with our adopted son's behaviour. Keith's patience and enquiring, empathic approach has unlocked how the underlying impact of early life trauma has manifested itself in our son's ability to cope emotionally. His persistent search and trial of holistic techniques and strategies has helped not only our son, but our whole family."
"Has really helped me re-gain my life"
"I was struggling with drinking and feeling low, Also my family noticed, which also had an effect on them. Since having my sessions with Keith it has really helped me re-gain my life. Having Neurofeedback and counselling sessions along with tapping [emotional Acupressure] has taught me coping strategies, but most of the time I don't need them, as I'm feeling much better. My family is also doing much better - I can highly recommend and have done so to other friends who are also making a recovery."
LENS Neurofeedback (what is LENS?)
LOW ENERGY NEUROFEEDBACK SYSTEM (LENS)
Low Energy Neurofeedback System (or LENS) is a neurofeedback system that applies a small electrical impulse- 400 times smaller than you receive when you use your mobile - directly to the scalp, in order to help the brain regulate itself.
Some of the benefits of LENS include;
- Increased and improved quality of relaxation
- Decreased anxiety
- Improved attention, improved concentration and therefore decreased distractibility
- Increased energy
- Improved mood and decreased feelings of hopelessness.
- Lifestyle changes may feel less challenging to accomplish.
Because the LENS takes less time than conventional Neurofeedback, there is time within sessions for Psychotherapy and/ or brain training, depending on what you need. The number of sessions will vary depending on the severity of the difficulty, but in general there will be a need for between 1 and 20 sessions.
HOW DOES LENS HELP?
In the early 1990s, Len Ochs, Ph.D. developed the "Low Energy Neurofeedback System" (LENS), to enhance the flexibility and functioning of the brain.
Addressing the brain in its own electromagnetic language, LENS opens the way for the brain to ‘defragment and reboot’, allowing it to get past frozen, dysfunctional patterns.
Some of the most common issues LENS‘defragment and reboot’ has consistently been shown to improve are:
- OCD, Autism, Asperger’s, Tics
- Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Multiple or Environmental Sensitivities
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Concussion
- Addictions/Substance Abuse
- Athletes and anyone who desires Performance Enhancement
Becoming a counsellor has been a long journey. In 1985 I was given the opportunity to work on a Drama Therapy Project for a year, that started a voyage of discovery.
Working and studying in physical and emotional therapies for many years has taught me how little we truly understand the human condition. Therefore the ways in which I have done my best work and minimised these deficits in understanding, have been to always work alongside people and learn with them. The settings I have worked in have been varied, but the most time I have spent working with Adoptive Families, Fostering Families, and supporting children as they leave care. I also have experience working with people with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, have taught sport in several settings, and have trained and practiced as a remedial masseur.
I am married with two lovely grown up children.
Training, qualifications & experience
- TRE (Tension Releasing Exercises) Level 1 (2017)
- LENS Neurofeedback Practitioner Training (2017)
- Thought Field Therapy (TFT) TFT Boot Camp (2016)
- Practitioner training in Non-Violent Resistance (2015)
- Positive Behaviour Support & Restrictive Physical Intervention (Instructor course) (2015)
- BTEC Level 3 in Education & Training (QCF) (2015)
- DDP Level 1 (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) (2014)
- BTEC Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Level 5); City of Bristol College (2010-12)
- Diploma in Social Work; Cheltenham & Gloucester College of HE (1999-01)
- Diploma in Remedial Massage (northern Institute of Massage) (1986-87)
- Parcels, Drama therapy Project (1985-86)
I work within the BACP code of Ethics, and work with both a psychotherapy and neurofeedback supervisor.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Non-Violent Resistance NVR
FREE 20 minute phone consultation over the phone,
Your first session will be half price.
Counselling sessions are £60 for a 50 minute face-to-face session.
Email: Email form
I will see children, adults and families
You can find my practice at 199 Bath Rd Cheltenham, however unfortunately there is no disabled access. Parking is usually available on side streets or at a carpark on Bath Rd, which is a couple of minutes’ walk away.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Cheltenham Clinic 199 Bath Rd Monday Phone calls only Tuesday 10am -7pm Wednesday 10am - 7pm Thursday Fully booked (Bristol) Friday 10am - 6pm
Types of client