Tracy Hayward, Dip.Counselling, Supervisor, Dip. Sup, MBACP, Life Coach, Trainer
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. Good advice is to always trust your gut feeling and book an appointment initially with someone whose profile you feel drawn to.
(We also have an experienced male therapist, my husband, working within this practice, please see website)
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. Nearly seven 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 hold an enhanced DBS certificate
Please check out the client testimonials in the section below.
I have a post graduate diploma in clinical supervision, offering clinical supervision to therapists and student counsellors. I also offer therapeutic supervision to individuals (and organisations) who would like to enhance their productivity and feel happier in their job, by exploring work issues that impact on them.
I offer online supervision currently
Training, qualifications & experience
I offer counselling and psychotherapy or short term therapeutic coaching
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. If appropriate, and with your permission, I may introduce different ways of working, using transactional analysis, cognitive behavioural therapy, psychotherapy and person centred counselling.
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.
Fusion Registered Therapeutic Coach
BACP Certificate of Proficiency, Accredited Voluntary Register
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
Level 5 Post graduate diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Level 6 Post graduate diploma in clinical supervision
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
Developmental Trauma in Children and Families
Working online during Covid '19
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling Adults, Children aged 8 upwards, Adolescents, and Couples
Therapeutic coaching - 5 to 6 sessions
Clinical and Therapeutic Supervision
I try and be as flexible as possible with appointment times and offer evening as well as daytime sessions, Mondays to Thursdays
Fees can be paid via bank transfer prior to the session, or credit/debit card, or cash payable at the beginning of each session
Individual child sessions are for 40 minutes, weekly, £50 per session
Adult sessions are for 50 minutes, weekly, fee £50 per session
Walk and talk sessions are weekly for 50 minutes, fee £50
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 usually required
SUPERVISION - £50 for one hour, £70 for 90 minutes
At our first session we will discuss what might be causing you distress, I can check what you would like to work on, and we can explore together what you want to achieve from counselling. If you feel comfortable, and we establish that I am the most appropriate person for you to work with, then 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, depending on their age, 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.
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.
Headteacher, Woodland Academy, Flitwick '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.'
Headteacher, primary school, Luton '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.’
'These sessions have literally changed my life.' C, Flitwick
'Not only did Tracy transform my child within 7 weeks, empowering her to stand strong, but as a parent I came away knowing that I also could say 'no' after my own session with her.' Anonymous
‘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 * 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.