Rabina Akhtar, CBT Therapist/Counsellor

Rabina Akhtar, CBT Therapist/Counsellor

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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.) and am a registered Independent Practitioner on the UK's register of counsellors and psychotherapists, 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


Accredited register membership


Individual rate: £40
Couples rate: £55
EAP rate: £45

Supervision rate: £50 per hour

Discounted rate for students and low income households: £30

Further information

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

Maps & Directions

Peterborough, PE1

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Urdu, Punjabi


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


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Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme