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Please note: I am unable to take general enquiries until 7th December 2020

About me

COVID19: Due to the current situation, I am available for online and walk & talk session, but will not be seeing clients in my counselling room until January, at the earliest. This decision will be reviewed as the situation changes - thank you.

Hello, I'm Toby. I am qualified to offer individual counselling (face to face, walk and talk and online) for those times when life can seem confusing or problems seem too much to handle on our own. Beginning counselling can be a big step, and I hope that my calm and relaxed approach can help make it seem less daunting. I believe that counselling is a collaborative process, with the counsellor helping the client to explore their issues in a safe environment, so that they can find the best way forward for them.

To enable me to be flexible to my client's needs, I take an integrative approach using different modalities, including CBT.

My service is situated in a quiet and calming room at the rear of my house in Pitstone (near Tring). I have a range of weekday and evening appointments available. See my website for details of appointment times and services that I offer: www.brightbeaconcounselling.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Diploma Psychotherapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
  • Diploma Integrative Humanistic Counselling (CPCAB)
  • Certificate Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
  • Certificate Counselling Skills (CPCAB)
  • BACP Certified Cyber Therapist
  • Advanced Certificate in Working with Couples (CORST approved)
  • University Certificate Psychology (Derby)
  • Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Certificate

I have worked as a volunteer in agencies working with adults and young people, and as a school counsellor.

I am committed to Continuing Professional Development and have attended training in the following areas:

  • Group therapy facilitation
  • Working with the inner child
  • Anxiety and intrusive thoughts
  • OCD symptoms in teens
  • Trauma and dissociative disorders
  • Creative Journaling

Member organisations


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

walk and talk therapy

online counselling



Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Group therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Transactional analysis


I offer a free 30 minute initial meeting to discuss the suitability of counselling, and to answer any questions.

Sessions will last 50 minutes and be £40
Sessions will be at the same time and place.

Prices are the same for walk and talk therapy and online counselling.

Concessionary rates may be available on discussion.

Supervision also available, please see website for details.

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors


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 Unspecified


Tuesdays and Thursdays. Check website for details: www.brightbeaconcounselling.co.uk

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Toby Payne, MBACP

Toby Payne, MBACP