Woolpit Counselling Service

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Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 9QS
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

About us

What is the Woolpit Counselling Service?
This service is led by the private counsellors working from Woolpit Clinics and offers specialised therapy that includes Person Centred and Psychodynamic Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Creative Therapies and Counselling for children and EMDR (Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing). Plus, as of August 2021, we are please to offer a new Affordable Counselling Service. 

Psychodynamic Counselling focuses on bringing the unconscious mind into conscious awareness. This allows difficult, painful and often deep-rooted memories and experiences which may be unhelpfully impacting on current life and relationships to be resolved.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps clients to understand that it isn't what happens to us that is important but our perception of situations.  Therapy formulates the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviour and considers how we can change unhelpful cycles in our lives.

Creative Arts Therapy and Counselling for Children a creative and playful approach where children are given the opportunity to show their feelings by what they do and how they are during sessions, rather than having to just use their words. Some children, of course prefer to speak about what they feel is going on in their lives. All of this helps them to develop their understanding of themselves, their feelings and their relationships. 

EMDR (Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) is used to treat a wide range of psychological difficulties that typically originate in trauma, such as direct or indirect experiences of violence, accidents or natural disaster. The experiences outlined above often lead to a post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis, for which EMDR has been recommended by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Affordable Counselling We have a limited number of spaces for counselling priced at £25 per session. There is no limit placed on the number of sessions you are able to receive and spaces are available subject to availability. This service is open to residents in Suffolk over the age of 16. It is provided as part of a work-placement scheme for student counsellors and It is possible to work with a student counsellor in person or online. Students are studying for a bachelors degree in Integrative Counselling and will either be enrolled in their second or final year of study. Each student is a member of the BACP and receives regular support and supervision.

The above therapies can be helpful for those experiencing anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, relationship issues, panic disorder, depression, phobias, feeling sad, family issues, separation and divorce, postnatal depression, bereavement, child related issues, low self-esteem, emotional abuse, PTSD, anger management and many more emotional or mental health issues for adults.

Training, qualifications & experience

Debbie Patterson
Degrees: BSc (Hons) Sociology
Experience: 15 years of Private Practise | Working for the NHS since 2009.
Training: Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling | Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Rosemary Rush
Degrees: Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children using the Arts From The Institute or Arts in Therapy and Education | Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, University of East Anglia | Post Graduate Diploma Drama Therapy, University of hertfordhsire | BSc (Hons) Psychology, Plymouth Polytechnic.
Experience: 24 years within NHS settings, 10 years within primary and secondary schools.
Training: Drama Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Child Counselling.

Tina Penistone
Degrees: BSc (Hons) Psychology
Experience: Trained in CBT since 2008, working for the NHS providing face to face treatment to people experiencing depression and anxiety difficulties.
Training: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy accredited by the BABCP. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy Training accredited by EMDR Europe Association. 

Member organisations *

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists. BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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£25.00 - £90.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Initial and subsequent appointments £50 - £90
Concession may be available, please enquire for further information

Affordable Counselling (subject to availability) £25 per session

When we work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Weekend appointments available on a discretionary basis.

Further information

What to expect
The Woolpit Counselling Service is structured around the individual. Each person will inevitably present very different experiences and requirements that will influence the type of support needed.

Our therapists can provide free 15-minute consultations via phone, to give you the chance to speak with them directly, prior to making an appointment. This will help us understand your requirements better and refer you to the right person.

The first session with a therapist is used to establish how you might work together. All contracting of the boundaries of the work is negotiated and agreed with each individual person and can be renegotiated during counselling. Most commonly sessions are weekly and last for 50 to 60 minutes. It is important that you feel confident in being able to openly explore whatever they wish to and are under no obligation to continue if this is not the case.

Further information about what to expect from counselling or CBT can be found on the BABCP or BACP websites.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Woolpit Clinics, Unit 11, Brickfields Business Park, Old Stowmarket Road, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 9QS

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Woolpit Counselling Service
Woolpit Counselling Service