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About me

I am a CBT Therapist and Counsellor based in Central Peterborough. My aim is to provide a safe space where you feel heard and met, where we can work together to achieve your desired goals.

Life does present us with challenges at various times and indeed change happens at different rates and in different ways for each and every one of us. Yet, overall, I believe, I can help you move forward in a way that respects and supports their ability to make choices that are right for them at this time in their lives.

What is CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)?

CBT is recognised by the Government's NICE guidelines as the first line of intervention for most common psychological problems (e.g. anger, anxiety, bereavement, depression, eating disorders, panic attacks, PTSD etc). CBT aims to quickly identify problems and build up the skills to resolve them.  In CBT, it is important to enable communicating and exploring understandings of thoughts, feelings and behaviour in ways that are clear and meaningful to each person as a unique individual.

Some people want to work with purely the CBT model where they spend time exploring their issues from a here and now perspective whereas other people may wish to spend more time exploring the meaning of what has happened to them and how they can change.  You always have a choice as to what you would like, and what suits you.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training & Professional Accreditation

I am an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Accred.) accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, set up by the Department of Health.


2016 Relate Qualified Couple Counsellor
2015 Diploma in Relationship Counselling
2013 Certificate in REBT (from The Albert Ellis Institute)
2011 BSc (Hons) in Integrative Counselling
2011 Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
2010 Diploma in Integrative Counselling
2010 Certificate in CBT Theory and Skills


  • 5 years experience of short term work for various Employee Assistance Programmes,
  • 3 years experience of working with Insight Healthcare, Peterborough,
  • 10 years as Volunteer with Peterborough Cruse
  • 4 years experience working with couples in Relate centres in Ilford and Peterborough.
  • 2 years volunteering at the One to One Project, Kings Lynn providing counselling support to adult mental health referrals.
  • Past Committee Member for One to One Project and Peterborough Cruse.

Ongoing Training

I am committed to ongoing training as part of my personal and professional development.

Other Training

Suicide Awareness Training
Introduction to Islamic Counselling
Certificate in Islamic Counselling
Working with Trauma Survivors
Foundation Course in Bereavement Care
Anger Management Course

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy


Individual rate: £60 - £80
Couples rate: £70 - £100

Supervision rate: £50-£70 per hour

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Tuesday 10am - 6.30pm

Wednesday 10am - 7.30pm

Thursday 10am - 6.30pm

Further information

I am bi-lingual and can provide counselling in Punjabi (Mirpuri).

1036 Lincoln Road

Key details

Sign language
Other languages Urdu, Punjabi
Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

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.

The counselling rooms are located in Peterborough, 2 mile from the Peterborough Rail Station and regular bus services to the area.    Street parking is available.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults
Rabina Akhtar, CBT Therapist/Counsellor

Rabina Akhtar, CBT Therapist/Counsellor