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Shelley Mitchell BACP, BPC, PGDip in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Bedford MK40 & High Barnet EN5
07891 170472 07891 170472 Registered / Accredited

About me

We are living in such unprecedented times where strong feelings and emotions can become too intolerable. Months of isolation and being socially distanced from family, friends and colleagues can be overwhelming, increasing feelings of loneliness, fear, anxiety and vulnerability. You may be finding it too difficult to cope alone and need someone who will listen.

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 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.

My approach

My approach as a Psychodynamic Counsellor is to help you gain insight and awareness as to why you are feeling the way you do in your current situation. Through exploring early childhood experiences you will begin to understand how these can have a negative impact on your life as an adult, with your personal relationships or colleagues at work. How repeated patterns of behaviour from the past begin to cause conflict and stress in your current life which can be overwhelming.

If you are feeling overwhelmed with:

Addictions, Anxiety / Panic Attacks,  Bereavement, Covid19,  Depression & low moods, Feeling Sad, Financial Situation, Job Loss, Suffering low Self - Esteem, Disturbed Sleep Patterns, Eating Disorders / Anorexia, Divorce and Separation and other relationship issues.

What to expect when you make that first call....

There will be a brief telephone conversation

The first appointment will be an assessment (90 minutes) £65.00

A recommendation as to how we work together:

We will then come to a mutual agreement for regular counselling sessions, times, weekly, fees, duration of sessions or a referral to another service.

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

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Post Graduate Dip. in Counselling & Psychotherapy
  • Worked as a TA with an Autistic Child in Primary Education
  • Volunteered at Garden House Hospice Care

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.

Accredited register membership

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

Short or Long Term Therapy Offered

Therapies offered

  • Psychodynamic therapy

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The standard fee is currently between £45.00 - £55.00 per session

Initial assessment (first session) is £65.00 for 90 minutes

Concessions can be negotiated for those on a lower income.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Further information

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

I also have a private practice in Buntingford, Herts SG9 for face to face, telephone or via Zoom.

High Street
High Barnet

71 Gwyn Street
MK40 1HH

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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

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


I currently have a few spaces for Daytime or Evening Appointments - Monday - Friday

You can contact me via email or telephone.

Types of client

Shelley Mitchell  BACP,  BPC, PGDip in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Shelley Mitchell BACP, BPC, PGDip in Counselling and Psychotherapy