Kerry Hughes

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Psychodynamic Counsellor MBACP registered
Available for new clients
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Codicote, Hertfordshire, SG4 8DU
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Are you feeling overwhelmed anxious or struggling with low mood? 

You may not know where to begin, or how to put into words what you’re experiencing emotionally right now.

You would perhaps rather avoid addressing your concerns in hope the feelings will disappear?

Whether you are in crisis, suffering with depression, anxiety or generally feeling quite ‘stuck’ , I’m here to help.

Talking therapy gives you the space to express your thoughts and feelings without judgement or criticism. By working in an open ended, or time limited way, we can explore the challenges you face and develop the emotional tools needed for a stronger sense of wellbeing. As a fully qualified counsellor I pride myself on being warm and approachable, always maintaining confidentiality and working ethically. 

Getting started

If you have any questions, please reach out and get in touch. To suffer in silence will leave you isolated and difficulties unresolved.

In person and virtual sessions are available from my private practice in Codicote. Free introductory calls are available so if you have any questions, please reach out. Change comes by making changes. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • July 2001- British Sign Language, stage one- Oaklands college, St Albans.
  • July 2015 -Introduction to Counselling - University of Hertfordshire.
  • September 2015-Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory - The Counselling Foundation, St Albans.
  • September 2016-Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling- The Counselling Foundation, St Albans.
  • September 2018-Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, year 1- The Counselling Foundation, St Albans.
  • January 2021-Stage One Certificate Course of Working with Young People aged 11+, Riverside Counselling Service.

In the past, I gained experience as a HomeStart volunteer whilst I trained to be a counsellor. As a volunteer, I was able to support families with young children by offering continuity with a visit to the family home each week providing practical advice, support and a listening ear.

Previously I was a part of the counselling team at The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, now The Sadie Centre.

Regular CPD training enables me to build my knowledge and support my clients with their personal development.

I am able to offer virtual counselling sessions either by phone or by video call as well as face-to-face sessions from my private practice at Farriers House in Codicote. 

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Fees are £55 per 50 minute session.

Low cost fees may be available on enquiry. These are limited and dependant on personal circumstances.

To avoid being charged for missed sessions, please ensure you give me 24 hours notice if you are unable to attend.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

My availability can be flexible at times. Please contact me directly for information on availability. Weekly session times can be secured.

Further information


“When I started my counselling sessions with Kerry, I was going through a very difficult time in my life.
She always made me feel that during my session that, that room was my space my time. I had the freedom to share anything without judgement.
Kerry encouraged me to reflect look inward and truly realise what it was I was saying almost like peeling back the layers on issues throughout my life.
Kerry has a gift of making you feel safe and that it is ok.
She would often bring in a sentence or word from a previous session and yes it would fall into place.
I would not be in this place today more grounded and stronger if I hadn’t had Kerry to see me through my journey.
I am just so grateful to her.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Kerry to anyone. “
Mrs B

“I saw Kerry after suffering a traumatic incident. Her supportive, non-judgemental sessions helped me in my recovery, and gave me insight into areas I had not addressed before that could impact upon my future mental health.
I now have a ‘toolkit’ of different strategies/ways to provide self help and care. I feel confident I can move forward in life and actually feel I have more emotional strength than I did before.
I am in a much better place mentally and this is helping my recovery in general.”
Mrs S

“I worked with Kerry having weekly sessions for eight months and I cannot thank her enough for helping me with my emotions, as I was feeling so absolutely lost after the death of my husband. I have seen a few counsellors throughout my lifetime and Kerry's support far exceeded my previous experiences and I felt like I could really communicate with her, aiding me to see a way forward when I had lost all hope. Even though our work has come to an end I feel that the established relationship we achieved enables me to return to our work if and when I may come across a blip. I am so thankful and thank you for helping me tremendously Kerry.”
Mrs Y

“At the start of my journey looking for a Counsellor I was extremely anxious.
I had spoken to several Counsellors on the phone, and they had all heightened this sense of unease, so it was with a feeling of extreme caution that I finally spoke to Kerry.
Immediately upon hearing her voice on the phone, I realised that she was very different to the previous Counsellors I had spoken too.
Kerry has a very calming demeanor and I instantly felt like this could be the right person for me. I booked an appointment with her and I couldn't have been more correct.
I had no idea what to expect from my counselling but I did know I had a long journey ahead of me.
Kerry is and continues to be incredibly patient, kind and empathetic.
During my weekly sessions I felt completely at ease and spoke about things I hadn't thought about in a long time.
Needless to say some of these memories were painful, but Kerry always guided me through them and made sure each session was finished with me feeling a sense of accomplishment and calm.
At various points throughout the early sessions with Kerry, she assured me that if I wished to change Counsellors at any point that it was perfectly okay to do so.
Kerry also bent over backwards trying to make sure that I was happy and easily able to continue my sessions through the global pandemic, via virtual video calling.
Kerry is a Counsellor that I would recommend to anyone, especially those who are taking their first step into counselling.
I am pleased that I have been on this journey and genuinely couldn't be happier with the processes I have been through.
Nothing is ever too much trouble for Kerry, and she will go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable and reassured in her presence.”
Mr S

“To all those who wish to work with a therapist who is sensitive to their needs, willingly works at the client’s pace and who always maintains professionalism; then I highly recommend a therapeutic journey with Kerry Hughes.
I went to Kerry to address issues relating to my experiences of child abuse, domestic violence, bereavement and anxiety. Our sessions also included attention to my self- deprecating thoughts, and negative patterns of behaviour.
Although my journey towards ‘wholeness’ has been fraught with challenges, her ability to facilitate, compassionately and patiently throughout - madeeach step manageable. The process has resulted in my shifting from a woman bearing enormous internal struggles into one who is able to view life in the present moment, coupled with optimism. Kerry’ssuccess in enabling me to ‘hold onto the good’, became a vehicle of change that has created an emotional ease in my life, that I never knew before.After a few false starts with therapists, I can only say that I wish I had found Kerry sooner! Our work together over 4 years has culminated in me valuing and nurturing myself despite my past traumas. Equally, I am now able to discern and foster positive relationships.
Owing to Kerry’s use of practical strategies I have stepped into a brighter, happier future. I therefore believe you have nothing to lose and plenty to gain by at least, seeking out an introductory session with Kerry Hughes.”
Ms R H - Teacher and Author

1-2 Farriers Close, Codicote, Hertfordshire, SG4 8DU

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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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.

My therapy is located on the ground floor of a barn conversion. Furniture can be rearranged to welcome wheelchair users. The environment accessible and comfortable. There are toilet facilities available.

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Kerry Hughes
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