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Rabina Akhtar, CBT Therapist/Counsellor

Peterborough, Cambs, PE1
07533 188662 07533 188662 Registered / Accredited

About me

I am a CBT Therapist and Counsellor based in Central Peterborough. My aim is to provide a safe and facilitative environment to support my clients and to create a space where we can work together to achieve your full potential.

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.

As a counsellor, I have been trained to work with CBT and Person-Centred.  In practise, my experience ranges from working with clients in short term therapy to working with severe and enduring mental health problems in longer term therapy. From this I have learnt that however many models and theories a counsellor knows, it is the relationship that sits at the very heart of the healing work. 

For example, I have learnt the importance of communicating and exploring understandings of thoughts, feelings and behaviour in ways that are clear and meaningful to each person as a unique individual.  Some clients want to work with purely the CBT model where they spend time exploring their issues from a here and now perspective whereas other clients may wish to spend more time exploring the meaning of what has happened to them and how they can change. 

Life does present us all 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 my clients 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.

My comfortable, discrete, practise rooms are located in Peterborough, a mile from the Peterborough Rail Station and regular bus services to the area with a 5-10 walk.    There is free parking.

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


  • Worked with couples in Relate centres in Ilford and Peterborough
  • Worked for The Jeremy Kyle Show as CBT therapist
  • Worked for 2 years at the One to One Project, Kings Lynn providing counselling support to adult mental health referrals.
  • 5 years of supporting Peterborough Cruse
  • Past Committe 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
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy


Individual rate: £50
Couples rate: £60

Supervision rate: £50 per hour

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students

Further information

I am bi-lingual and can provide counselling in Punjabi (Mirpuri) as well as English


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Urdu, Punjabi


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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Mondays to Thursday.

Daytimes, afternoons and late afternoons available.

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Rabina Akhtar, CBT Therapist/Counsellor

Rabina Akhtar, CBT Therapist/Counsellor