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Shelley Mitchell

MBACP, BPC reg, UKCP, PGDip in Counselling and Psychotherapy

About me

Hello I’m Shelley, welcome to my page

You have taken the first step which is the hardest. Whatever has brought you here today I am here to listen. This may be the first time you have thought about counselling. Perhaps you need someone to listen to you, maybe for the very first time. As a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist I will help you gain some awareness and insight as to why you are feeling the way you do in your current situation. By working with each other we will gradually explore the internal conflicts which are causing you anxiety and pain, and work towards helping you change your way of thinking so you can start to feel more engaged and connected.

You may be feeling overwhelmed with:

  • Addictions
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Bereavement
  • Covid19 (isolation, anxiety)
  • Depression & low moods,
  • Feeling sad
  • Financial Situation
  • Job Loss
  • Low Self - Esteem
  • Disturbed Sleep
  • Eating Disorders/Anorexia
  • Suicide Ideation or loss of a loved one to suicide
  • Divorce and Separation and other relationship issues.

My Approach

Psychodynamic Counselling helps clients to understand long-standing conflicts from the past, enabling you to become more self-aware. Issues you may be struggling with now may have their roots in early childhood. By exploring these experiences you will begin to understand the impact they have had on your adult life. Once you gain a better insight and awareness you will begin to change your way of thinking whilst making the adjustments you need to help you cope and move forward.

Finding a therapist can be a daunting process. It is important that you feel comfortable with a therapist who you plan to work with on a regular basis. Counselling is a therapeutic relationship between you and your therapist where trust and confidentiality are vital.

I will offer you a safe and confidential space for you to explore your feelings which may be preventing you from moving forward. You will be able to talk freely perhaps for the very first time within a non - judgemental environment at a pace that suits you. Whether it be open ended or short term therapy.

I am here to ensure you feel comfortable and safe.


I am able to offer Face to Face sessions once it is safe. Therefore counselling sessions will be via zoom and telephone support.

Online/telephone sessions are particularly helpful to those who prefer to be in their own environment where they feel most comfortable.

If you would like either telephone or online counselling and would like to find out more about how therapy will work for you please get in touch.

Don't try and cope on your own, please do get in contact here

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Post Graduate Dip. in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • BPC reg & MBACP reg of Counsellors and Psychotherapists
  • FIP (Forum of Independent Psychotherapists Reg No:2011183908) 
  • UKCP Registered Member (Reg No: 2011183908)
  • Worked with an Autistic Child in Primary Education
  • Worked in palliative care
  • MBACP Working online as a counsellor

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.


British Psychoanalytic Council

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. 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.

British Psychoanalytic Council

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am able to offer support for those who may have lost a loved one to suicide or those who are experiencing suicide ideation and other related issues. Or you might be struggling with an addiction which is becoming problematic to your mental health.

Please do not cope alone...

Please do get in contact if you have any questions or wish to have more support.

Therapies offered

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Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

First session is £70.00 for 90 minutes (Assessment)

In the first session we will discuss the issues which have brought you to counselling, exploring your early childhood which has perhaps impacted your life in adulthood. Towards the end of the session we can come to a mutual agreement for regular counselling sessions, day, time, weekly, fees, duration of sessions etc or if necessary a referral to a specialised service/agency.

The standard fee is currently £55.00  per session (50 minutes) in Bedford and from £55.00 per session for (50 minutes) in Cambridge and Barnet.

You are welcome to call for a brief initial conversation or send me an email here


I currently have availability for Daytime or Evening Appointments - Monday - Friday You can contact me via email or telephone.

Further information

Due to Covid19, Counselling sessions are currently being offered either by Telephone or via Zoom.

I will able to see clients face to face in BEDFORD, BARNET and CAMBRIDGE once it is ethically safe.


71 Gwyn Street
MK40 1HH

Type of session

In person

Types of client


Key details

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.

Online - Telephone - Zoom Counselling available. Wheelchair access only at my Bedford premises

Shelley Mitchell

Shelley Mitchell