Tracy Hayward, Dip.Counselling, MBACP, Life Coach FRTC, Supervisor in Training
By searching for a counsellor or therapeutic coach online, you have already taken that difficult first step in acknowledging you might require support. You may be looking into whether counselling is right for you, your relationship as a couple, or your child.
Speaking with a counsellor you feel comfortable with, can enable you to find new ways of coping. You can talk about issues that you cannot talk about to anyone else, no matter how close.
Studies show that your relationship with your counsellor/coach is the key to a successful outcome within therapy. How well we connect with our therapist is essential – clients need to feel safe, secure, and that they are working with someone they can trust.
Please check out the client testimonials in the section below.
Training, qualifications & experience
I offer counselling or short term therapeutic coaching
Originally I qualified as a registered general nurse, but since 1995 have worked with children in an educational environment. For eight years I worked as a learning mentor, and later a counsellor in a large middle school. Four years ago I left to concentrate solely on my private practice although still receive referrals from schools to work with students, parents and staff.
I have extensive experience also of working with adults with a very wide range of mild to complex issues and spent two years working at an addiction agency. I enjoy the diversity my work brings, affording me the privilege to work with individuals, couples and young people.
I have been trained as an integrative therapist, so I work flexibly, using specific techniques and key concepts drawn from various approaches. Tailored to your individual needs, I can apply elements of the main theoretical approaches to my counselling practice.
I work mostly in a person centred way, which allows the client to bring what they wish to talk about, setting the agenda. However if appropriate, and with your permission, I may introduce a slightly different way of working, using transactional analysis, and cognitive behavioural therapy.
I am also a trained therapeutic coach and if this is your preferred way of working, I offer short term work of 5 to 6 sessions. In our initial session we would briefly explore your current issues - why you feel stuck, anxious, depressed, dissatisfied or unhappy - whatever you might present with. We then proceed to the next step, identifying what needs to change, what is within your control and how you make positive changes. Often we don’t know where to begin to turn things around - I can provide the tools and strategies to enable you to move forward, teaching you new ways of 'being' and coping with life that you can use from hereon. Coaching is a more directive form of support in comparison to counselling however the work is very collaborative and empowering - it is about taking back control of your life.
Currently undertaking L6 post graduate diploma in Clinical Supervision
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Level 2 Certificate to Introduction to Counselling Concepts
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling
Fusion Registered Therapeutic Coach
BACP Certificate of Proficiency, Accredited Voluntary Register
Some Further Training Undertaken includes:
PTSD Resolution, Rewind Technique
Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment, PODS
Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery, PODS
Working with Child Sexual Abuse, PODS
Ego Defence Mechanisms
Gestalt therapy - working with dreams
Post graduate course, working with couples
Understanding Attachment in Adults
Fusion master trainer programme / Fusion 'train the trainer'
Fusion visualisation training
Cruse Bereavement Care
Foundation certificate to Drawing and Talking Therapy
Working with the Inner Child
Samaritans - 2 years experience
Standard Child Safeguarding
Working with Childhood Abuse
Experiential Play Therapy Skills
Certificate in Integrative Sand Play Studies
Working with impact of parental conflict on young people's mental health
Emotional development of children, attachment theory and mental health - Richard Bowlby
Working creatively with Young People
Learning Mentor training, generic modules and role specific modules
One stop Parenting Shop training
Working with children experiencing loss, bereavement and change
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling Adults, Children aged 8 upwards, Adolescents, and Couples
Therapeutic coaching - 5 to 6 sessions
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I try and be as flexible as possible with appointment times and offer evening as well as daytime sessions
Individual child sessions are for 40 minutes, weekly, £45 per session
Adult sessions are for 50 minutes, weekly, fee £45 per session
Couple counselling sessions, also weekly, are for one hour and my fee is £60. The initial session incorporating assessment is for 90 minutes, the charge is £70
Therapeutic coaching - brief, short term intensive working. Fee is £70 for first session which is for 90 minutes, then £60 per hourly session thereon - just 5 to 6 sessions required
CONCESSION available for student counsellors - please ask
At our first session we will discuss what might be causing you distress, I can check what issues you would like to work on, and we can explore together what you would like to achieve from counselling. If you feel comfortable, and we establish that I am the most appropriate person for you to work with, then I usually suggest we meet weekly. We would review our work regularly to check you are getting what you want from counselling. Our work together may be short or long term, dependent on your needs and what is most useful.
When I work with children I may invite you to the first session with your child to enable me to carry out an assessment. This will involve history taking, and an exploration of current issues.
When I work with couples, we begin work at our first, initial session - this lasts for 90 minutes, and incorporates an assessment.
I am a registered member of the BACP and adhere to their professional framework. I am fully insured and hold a current DBS certificate obtained from school setting. My counselling practice in Flitwick is within easy access of junctions 12 and 13 of M1, and a short distance from Ampthill, Clophill, Maulden, Toddington, Greenfield, Flitton, Westoning, Harlington, Bedford and Milton Keynes.
I subscribe to the specialist divisions within BACP Counselling Children and Young People, and Private Practice. If you felt you would like to seek another therapist I can give you names of other counsellors that may be able to help you. I may be able to refer you on to another service if I felt that would be useful for you.
'Tracy is very warm and caring. I trust her judgements and she follows procedures very carefully. Her success made her role a cornerstone of our pastoral care system. Although Tracy has left our employment due to the success of her own private practice, we still buy in her services. She respects confidentiality, is reliable and has been a genuine asset to our school - I would highly recommend her to private clients.' JC, Headteacher, Woodland Academy, Flitwick
'I cannot imagine our school without Tracy’s services, nor how we would support children effectively and in a time appropriate way without her. She has kept so many children optimistic, settled and positive in school, whilst they deal with difficult things that we would wish they never had to. Tracy makes an immeasurable contribution to our ability as a school to keep vulnerable children or those with a transient need, learning, moving forward and staying positive about school, their lives and their future. Tracy is an exemplary professional who I, my Inclusion Team, children and parents trust implicitly. I recommend her without exception.’ Headteacher, primary school, Luton
‘I was not sure that counselling was right for me but Tracy put me at ease, and I feel that I have benefitted greatly.’ B, Stewartby
'This counselling experience has given me the freedom to accept and like who I am/my beliefs, and my approach to life.' C, Clophill
'My son has made a lot of progress in a relatively short amount of time. I would definitely recommend Tracy as she quickly establishes a rapport with children and makes them feel at ease', JD, Flitwick
'Tracy was extremely helpful and accommodating regarding sessions. She has given me great insight and support with my personal development.' LP, Bedford
'Being able to talk openly was a fantastic tonic for me. I now feel prepared for the challenges ahead!' PD, Flitwick
'I found that Tracy was so easy to talk to which helped me to open up.' L, Bedford
'Tracy joined me on my rollercoaster ride and helped me work out what I really wanted from life and what I needed to let go of.' H, Flitwick
‘ALL my sessions were helpful and I’m still working through some of what came out in our work’, C, Ampthill
'I am happier and making much better decisions - Tracy helped me to understand myself so much.' CB, Flitwick
'All I wanted was some understanding and someone to listen, when I needed it the most.' L, Flitwick
'Following sessions with Tracy our daughter has become more relaxed and is noticeably happier. We will certainly access her support again if she needs it in the future.' JB, Flitwick.
'Tracy's work with my daughter has made such a difference to her - she now has enthusiasm for learning and for life back. She's much more positive and developing friendships - it's so lovely to see her happy again. Without her input she could not have gained such a great outcome'. LE, Flitwick.
'My daughter was having a very difficult time. Tracy's sessions were invaluable. My child's confidence has grown considerably and she is enjoying life again.' LS, Bedford.
'The help L received from Tracy through challenging times was vital. I would like to recommend her service to other parents.' MW, Marston.
'Our family has been through a very difficult time. But Tracy's help with our boys was comforting and productive.' D, Westoning.
'Tracy has helped my daughter to gain confidence, and manage her behaviour better. We have seen a big improvement at home in her since their sessions.' AB, Bedford.
- Also registered with Life Coach Directory
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