Having been a GP Practice Counsellor, I have worked with hundreds of people suffering from problems in all areas, including depression, anxiety, stress, family and relationship problems, bereavement and other losses, workplace issues, infertility, coping with illness, and childhood trauma and abuse.
It has been very rewarding for me over the years to see how people who are open to change and willing to take responsibility for their own wellbeing can, with a little support and encouragement, make a full recovery in a relatively short space of time.
With nineteen years’ experience in Psychodynamic Counselling, I have come to understand how we develop as individuals, and how our earliest experiences can shape the way we go on dealing with life. This particularly affects our relationships, and I have studied in great detail how we connect with those around us as well as the relationship we have with ourselves, which can be so easily damaged by the problems we encountered in the past. My extensive training has shown me the impact of such damage; for this reason the approach I take looks at both the internal and external factors which might be making a person stressed, anxious or depressed. I also recently completed training in a unique stress management programme which combines counselling with mindfulness, relaxation and meditation practices to offer you bespoke strategies for dealing with your stress.
Whatever your problem, I am here not only to listen, empathise and support but also to offer you new perspectives which will enable you to find a way forward. I look forward to working with you!
• Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
• Accredited with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
• Registered as a UKRC Independent Counsellor
• Post-qualifying Training in Interpersonal Therapy
• Post-qualifying Training in Mindfulness Based CBT
I am a qualified integrative therapist, which means I use different counselling approaches which will enable you to learn about yourself and can help you work through your troubles. As individuals, we think, feel and react in different ways and working as an integrative counsellor allows me to work in a way that is flexible and tailor the therapy to you and your needs. I can offer you a confidential and safe space to talk about your life, your worries or any difficulties you may be experiencing. Most importantly, I can provide you with the opportunity to be listened to in a way which can help you to understand yourself better.I have worked successfully with individuals who have experienced stress, generalised anxiety, relationship issues, low self-esteem, depression, bereavement as well as individuals who have suffered from drug and alcohol addiction.
I hold a Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB. I am also a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and I am registered on the BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists.
• CPCAB Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
• CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Theory
• CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
• BSc (Hons) Psychology Degree
I have also undertaken additional training in:
• Drug and Alcohol Addictions Training
• Alcoholics Anonymous Training
I am a qualified and experienced counsellor – registered and accredited with the BACP. I have a breadth and depth of experience gained from several years of consistent counselling work in the public, charitable and voluntary sectors. I work in an open, collaborative, professional way; abiding by the BACP’s Ethical Framework.
I offer warmth, sensitivity, integrity and acceptance to my clients. I am honest, sincere, good-humoured and kind. As the client, your best interests are at the heart of the counselling and will guide how we work together. I have had considerable success helping clients with a wide range of issues; including depression, anxiety, self-harm, bereavement and relationship problems. I have a vast amount of experience working successfully with young people in particular, as I have worked several years at Brook – a young people’s sexual and emotional health charity – and am currently a secondary school counsellor (since 2014).
I offer flexible hours; including daytime, evenings and weekends. I work from a spacious, comfortable room in Stony Stratford High Street.
Qualifications: • Accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists – MBACP (Accred) • Level 5 BTEC Diploma in Professional Therapeutic Counselling • MA (Hons) History
Post qualification training includes:
· ‘REWIND’ for Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
· Anger management
· Brief solution focused therapy
· Creative, arts-based therapy
Being human can certainly come with its challenges! I maintain a firm belief that everybody has the ability to achieve positive change in their lives. Making changes can be overwhelming, and having someone to sit by your side can help make it feel just a little safer.
Being an integrative counsellor enables me to draw on a number of disciplines, including CBT, Person Centred and Psychodynamic approaches, in order to meet the individual need of each person. At times, I may suggest the use of art and writing, as the use of creative intervention helps some individuals to explore deep rooted troubles in a way that feels more comfortable. Areas I cover include anxiety, panic attacks, suicidal feelings, depression, OCD, eating disorders, substance abuse, self-harm, bereavement, parenting and relationship issues, bullying, workplace stress and loss. I also specialize in working with teenagers.
Before qualifying as a counsellor, I supported young people experiencing homelessness, pregnancy, family breakdown and substance abuse. The role brought with it many challenges, but watching each person grow and recognize their value was highly rewarding for me. Supporting others find their way off of the bumpy road helped me see the importance of being ‘held’ by another during our most difficult times. It was this role which started me on my journey to becoming a counsellor.
As well as working at the Wellbeing Centre I coordinate the therapeutic department in a large secondary school.
CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative)
Diploma in Counselling Teenagers (Institute of Art in Therapy and Education )
Hello, we all experience difficult times and counselling can help to explore your inner thoughts, feelings and gain some clarity. Looking for a suitable counsellor is the first step on your journey. I have also experienced having my own counselling which lead me on a path of training to become a counseller myself, so I do understand finding the right person to feel comfortable with is very important.
I am an integrative counseller which means I use various theories to build my model of working. Including Person-centred therapy, Cognitive behavioural therapy, Transactional analysis and Psychodynamic therapy.
I have worked in different agencies and private practice in Milton Keynes working with children and adults with many issues such as anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma, loss, anger and many more.
Level 3 Btec Diploma in counselling skills
Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I adhere to working within their ethical framework.
Hello and welcome. My name is Chloe Schiff and since 2011 I have worked for a number of locally based organisations including schools and charities, more recently I have started my own private practice based in a country setting. I work with clients on issues which include abuse, including sexual abuse; trauma, domestic violence, self harm, bullying, low self esteem and confidence, loss, anger, anxiety, stress, depression, and relationship problems. I have experience of counselling adults and young people aged 4 years upwards integrating therapeutic play with the use of creative arts into the therapy.
My approach is person centred, although I have studied the theories of other modalities including CBT which links our thoughts, emotions and behaviour as well as psychodynamic recognising the importance of our relationship patterns. Talking through and thinking about our thoughts feeling behaviours and relationships can help you to identify any unhelpful thought processes and make healthier choices that lead to a more authentic life.
Therapy is always unique with each individual person and my focus as a therapist is to facilitate a safe space where you can take the therapy at your own pace.
Post graduate certificate in therapeutic play (with merit)
Hello and welcome. My name is Anjula Cheema and since 2011 I have worked for a number of locally based and London based organisations and in my private practice with clients on issues which include abuse, including sexual abuse; trauma, domestic violence, self harm, bullying, low self esteem and confidence, identity, cultural issues, transition, loss, anger, anxiety, stress, depression, and relationship problems.
I have a particular interest in working with trauma and abuse and have received post qualification training in both.
My approach is integrative, tailored to recognise and address the links between emotion, thought and behaviour that are unique to the individual. This helps the client to identify healthier choices and lead a more authentic life. If the client wishes, I sometimes involve the use of writing, drawing, music or even drama to creatively explore these links. I also draw upon body centred practice (which does not involve touch), as I believe that much trauma is stored in the body.
Therapy is a collaboration; I provide a holding environment respectful of how important it is to address the client’s issues at a pace they feel comfortable with.
Masters Degree (with merit) in Integrative Counselling London Metropolitan University 2012
I completed my Diploma in Adlerian Counselling in 2012 and I currently have a small private counselling practice in Milton Keynes as well as working part time for a mental health charity. I also support parents with developing a narrative therapeutic approach to raising children, with a particular interest in the area of adoption and fostering.
I have worked with children, young people, adults and families in a variety of settings for many years. I have experienced and observed how hard it sometimes can be to find the courage to face the more difficult of life’s challenges.
The Adlerian approach to counselling is based on the work of Alfred Adler, the psychologist recognised alongside Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung as one of the ‘Big Three’ founders of psychotherapy. For all of us, our life journey is complex and risky, right from the moment we are born. We strive to find ways to move forwards in life, some of which are more successful than others. At times the courage to continue on this journey temporarily deserts us, and we may seek the therapeutic support to try to understand why we are no longer going in the direction we want.
Since training as a counsellor I have supported people with issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, low self-esteem, childhood trauma and bereavement. I have also counselled parents, helping them to cope with the many issues that families face such as managing difficult behaviour, the impact of divorce or separation and blended families.
• Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Registered)
• Member of Adlerian Society Institute of Individual Psychology
• Diploma in Adlerian Counselling
• Advanced Certificate in Adlerian Counselling
• Further Application of Counselling Skills (Level 3)
• Certificate of Work with Parents (Level 3)
• Introductory Certificate in Adlerian Family Counselling
Following my own experience of the profound difference counselling made to my life, at a time when I really needed it, I wanted to find out more about it and began my own counselling training in 1995.My early practice was within a busy community based service, which I combined with continuing to work as a Community Development Worker. Subsequently, I upgraded my training, gaining the University Diploma and Post-Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling, at the University of Hertfordshire.
For the past four years, I have worked for the Employee Counselling Service at Milton Keynes General Hospital and in private practice.I have seen many clients over this time, both short and long term and worked with a wide range of issues arising from bereavement; abuse both present and past; trauma; ill health; relationship difficulties; low self-esteem; identity; workplace issues and anxiety.
My practice is Psychodynamic. It acknowledges the impact of our personal histories on our sense of self and on our relationships with others. I am also experienced in brief solution focused work and cognitive approaches, able to tailor my approach to the needs of my clients.
I work within the BACP Code of Ethics which includes a commitment to regular supervision and continual professional development. I have a current enhanced CRB certificate
• Post Graduate Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling
• University Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
• Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling
• Diploma in Management Studies
• B.A. (Hons) Humanities
We all experience difficulties in our lives from time to time, but sometimes these problems can feel overwhelming and as if you have nowhere to turn. I am able to offer support during challenging and distressing times in a calm, confidential and supportive environment where you feel heard and understood. Together we can work towards you identifying and making sense of your difficulties and look at positive changes you may want to make in order to reach your potential and be the person you want to be.
The thought of coming to counselling can feel daunting, and making a client feel at ease in the counselling room is important to me. As a person-centred counsellor I will give you space to work through your difficulties at your own pace and without any pressure. I have experience with a wide range of issues and with people who come from a variety of backgrounds. My experience includes bereavement, domestic violence, low self-esteem, substance misuse, addictions, self-harm, trauma, abuse, social and family interactions, carer support, misophonia, divorce and separation, anxiety, panic attacks and depression.
I undertake continued professional development on a regular basis, and am a fully registered member of the BACP.
CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Additional Training & Professional Development includes:
I have undertaken additional training in areas such as addictions and substance misuse, self harm, recovery from trauma and mindfulness.
I believe that each and every person, regardless of experience, situation, deserves the chance to discover and live a life which is more positive, more fulfilling and more healed. I believe it is possible for all of us to get to a point of personal freedom, happiness and acceptance. My work involves supporting you, therapeutically challenging you and guiding you as you move forward.
I trained from 2009 and qualified in 2013. I work integratively, which means I’ll use a mix of different approaches, to help you explore your present and past experiences. As a therapist, I have a special interest in working with those who feel stigmatised or judged in society and do not know where to turn, including those who have faced adverse mental health challenges. I also have extensive experience working with young people, in various settings.
I currently run a private practice, as well as delivering workshops based on holistic therapy, empowerment and positive psychology. I also work as a counsellor in Higher Education.
If you are of South Milton Keynes its a convenient, 5-10 minute drive to my Therapy rooms in Aspley Guise. I also have limited availability in Great Linford, Milton Keynes, at weekends.
Having been in practice since 2010, I have worked in a range of settings with adults and young people. This has given me a wealth of experience in working with many different issues, from relationships, self-esteem and anxiety to stress, loss and family troubles. I trained as a person-centred counsellor and my core values as a counsellor remain firmly rooted in that tradition, although my practice integrates useful techniques and other humanistic approaches where that may be beneficial.Client feedback suggests that I am a warm, intuitive and attentive practitioner, someone they can be truly honest with about themselves and their world. I welcome clients from all backgrounds and circumstances; in particular, I have done a lot of work around sexuality and gender diversity so you can be assured of support and acceptance, whatever your background.
Firmly committed to ethical practice and professional development, I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), I regularly undertake continuous professional development (CPD) and also obtained the Certificate of Proficiency to evidence my safe practice.
•Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
•Registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)
•Post-qualification training in Brief Solution Focused approach, responding to depression, working with adolescents, autism awareness and more.
During our lives, we all experience good times and challenging times. Having someone to talk to during those difficult times, can help us to explore our problems, cope with our worries and make sense of our emotions.
I am a warm, caring and empathic Counsellor who can offer you a safe, private space to share your thoughts and feelings openly and talk confidentially about the things that are troubling you. I work with a combination of therapeutic approaches which means that I will tailor my style of work to suit your needs and empower you to find your own solutions, bring about change and increase your wellbeing.
I have significant experience in working successfully with clients in areas concerning addiction, problematic substance use, eating difficulties and disorders, unhealthy relationships, domestic abuse, depression, self harm, trauma and low self esteem.
Other clients have come to me with issues around anger, anxiety, bereavement, career decisions, change and transition, low self confidence, family difficulties and stress.
I am a registered member of the BACP, hold an enhanced DBS certificate and attend regular supervision to maintain safe and ethical practice.
CPCAB Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
UKOL Diploma in Substance Abuse and Drug Awareness
Other training includes:
Working with Autism
Supporting Survivors of Domestic Abuse
RCGP Certificate in Drug Misuse
During challenging times, it can be hugely beneficial to talk with a skilled, professional counsellor who can help you to reflect on your situation, gain clarity, find direction and help you to work through any issues. Rather than struggle alone with distress, why not come and have a first meeting to find out if we can work together. Initially, we can gain an overview of your situation and consider together whether counselling is the best way to support you.
I am an experienced BACP Accredited Humanistic Counsellor and have been practising since 2005, providing time-limited and open-ended counselling. Working in various adult therapeutic services, universities and secondary schools has enabled me to counsel diverse groups of people of varying ages and walks of life. I have been practising at Nottingham Trent University Counselling Service since 2009, providing counselling and delivering workshops in Mindfulness, stress and anxiety management. I continue to support both young and mature adults, from various ethnicities and international backgrounds within this setting. As a Humanistic counsellor, I believe, that we change and grow towards realising our unique potential when provided with a nurturing and supportive environment.
I welcome the opportunity to help you move forward and make positive changes.
My Training and Qualifications
BACP Accredited Diploma in Humanistic Counselling.
Postgraduate Certificate in Emotional Factors in Learning and Teaching: Counselling Aspects in Education.
Certificate in the Theory and Practice of Counselling.
Foundation Course in Group Analysis. Validated by The Institute of Group Analysis.
Foundation Certificate in Gestalt Psychotherapy.
BA (Hons) in Humanities and Social Studies. Manchester Metropolitan University.
I am an Integrative Counsellor and a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). I offer an integrated approach to counselling which combines Person Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Transactional Analysis.The integrative approach recognises that there is no ‘one size fits all’ in therapy, and that there are great benefits to clients being able to draw on a range of therapeutic approaches.
I currently counsel adults, young people and children across the county with various issues, such as anxiety, depression, bereavement, self-harm, sexual assault, bullying, anger, relationship/family issues, and low self-esteem. I also have experience counselling people with addictions, and have gained experience as a volunteer counsellor for the mental health charity MIND.
My experience of counselling clients has shown me that living with constant negative thoughts and feelings can hold you back from developing healthy relationships and reaching your full potential. Whilst we cannot change other people and sometimes the difficult circumstances which we find ourselves in, I can help you to adapt your own responses by increasing self-awareness. I provide an opportunity for you to talk in a way which explores what is going on in your life, helping you to make sense of your difficult feelings and working toward positive change. Our sessions are confidential, and I can provide a safe, non-judgemental space for you to gain a deeper insight into your difficulties.
I became a counsellor because I love people and helping them to feel better by equipping them with the understanding and knowledge to maintain a happier and healthier life for themselves and ultimately for those around them… Life presents so many challenges; it can be a real struggle, and finding our way through it can sometimes be so daunting, but I am optimistic and believe that everyone can be helped if they want it.
I have been a teacher and a counselling psychologist for over 30 years. As a teacher I have taught from ages 4 to 80 +. In counselling I have worked with children, adolescents, individuals, couples and families of all ages. I am comfortable with many different therapeutic approaches and use whichever approach I believe best suits the client at any given time. I believe in the innate wisdom of everyone and try to help the client to access that wisdom for him/herself, to find a way of being in which they feel happier and more fulfilled. I have been interested in and explored spirituality from childhood and 20 years ago co-founded and had the role of Chair of the Transpersonal Psychology section of the British Psychological Society . I trained for four years to be a teacher of a system of personal development through therapeutic movement and dance. I have co-written a published book called ‘Teaching Meditation to Children’ and have given talks and workshops both nationally and internationally.
Chartered Counselling Psychologist AFBPsS; HCPC
Trained with and worked for 9 years for Relate (couples counselling)
I have trained in many therapeutic approaches including CBT, Gestalt, Hypnotherapy, NVC.
Accredited teacher of therapeutic movement and dance IBF
Life is very busy and often it is not possible to take time out just for ourselves. Even when we do have time, we often find that our negative thoughts go round in circles or keep us awake at night. In over fifteen years of working as a counsellor, I have met many people at a time of trouble in their life. I have seen them regain confidence, finding new ways to deal with the difficulties they were facing. Counselling gives an opportunity to set aside some regular time each week to stop and reflect. It is also a chance to be listened to in a safe and confidential environment.
I trained as a Psychodynamic counsellor, and although I have since studied other approaches such as CBT and Mindfulness, this continues to be my main way of working. We are all influenced by our past experiences and we may not always be aware of how they are still affecting us. Sometimes patterns from earlier relationships stay with us for years and even from childhood.Psychodynamic counselling can help to gain a greater understanding of what drives us and to become more comfortable with who we really are. In my experience of working in a number of different settings, including telephone counselling and working in GP Practices, I have found that this approach can help with a wide variety of problems, such as depression, anxiety, bereavement, low self esteem, relationship difficulties and stress.
• Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
• Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
I have gained over 23years of (over 13.300 hours) clinical experience dealing with children, young people and adults with learning/behavioural difficulties, physical / emotional / sexual abuse, previous history of substance misuse, ASD and ADHD traits, LAC (Look After Children). These have been in several different settings, such as: schools, residential care homes, foster homes, security units, NHS hospitals, together with Local Authorities (Councils), privately clinic and throughout my jobs career – paid and as a volunteer.
I am a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and GBC Psychologist who uses the Person Centred approach as a core in my practice. I have knowledge and recognise other modalities, such as CBT and Psychodynamic.
Masters in Humanistic Psychotherapy
Degree in Counselling/Psychotherapy and Clinical Psychology
– I have been interviewed and presented work on On Lines Events (www.onlinevents.co.uk) related to young people.
– Interviewed by Open University Milton Keynes on the subject “Children and bereavement” to be added as part of a module for their university students – 20th of February.
I have experience helping people who struggle with many issues ranging from depression, poor self-esteem, addiction and anger management to issues arising from life-changing events.
I have offered counselling and psychotherapy at various organisations in the Northampton and Milton Keynes area. They include CRI, now known as Compass, which specialises in helping clients cope with addictions; Shika Tamaa Support Services (STaSS), which supports HIV positive people and their families; Northampton Counselling Service where I helped clients with a wide range of issues including bereavement, relationship difficulties and anxiety.
I am an integrative transpersonal therapist. Integrative transpersonal counselling and psychotherapy is a holistic approach to therapy, grounded in the belief that in addition to our physical, emotional and mental lives, we each have a unique intuitive nature. This is an appreciation of the part of ourselves that listens to our hearts and imaginations, is aware of the importance of our dreams and seeks to understand our individual significance in the universe.
Your story is important and we will explore it together by using a a variety of therapeutic techniques, which could include dream work and creative use of imagination.
Looking for a counsellor is the first step on your journey. I can offer a calm, safe, tranquil environment where you can explore what’s going on for you right now. Together we can build a trusting relationship, as I am someone you can rely on to remain confidential and be non judgemental.
I offer short term and long term counselling for what ever your needs may be. I have extensive experience of working with people with anxiety, depression, abuse, sexual assault, historic attachment issues, PTSD, tricky relationships and much more.
I am a Therapeutic Counsellor and I work mainly in an Integrative and Creative way, never forgetting my Person Centred core values, always putting the needs of the client first. This means I have many counselling “tools” in my tool box, and will use the approach that I feel fits with you and your emotional uniqueness and needs.
The therapeutic space is yours to explore the difficulties you are facing right now. Working creatively to explore emotions when words just won’t come, or there are no words. It’s like unravelling a knotted ball of wool, or peeling back the layers of your life.
Certificate : Counselling supervision 1-1 and groups
I am an experienced counsellor offering a warm and caring supportive environment, in which to explore your thoughts and feelings. I work with individuals and couples with a broad range of presenting issues. I am a professional Counsellor and a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I hold a Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling and am committed to continuing my learning and undertaking ongoing professional and personal development. My experience includes working for CRUSE Bereavement Care in Buckinghamshire (www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk) and at present I am working as an affiliate at Counselling Works Ltd in Milton Keynes, as well as running my own private practice. In 2007, I also worked as a school counsellor for ages 13+ years with Connexions, Buckinghamshire and for a busy Counselling Centre in Milton Keynes.
I work in Milton Keynes / Bedford and in West London, with individuals and couples.
Counselling can help us to make sense of difficult, painful or confusing experiences, in terms of our thoughts, behaviours, and feelings/sensations. I am known for my ability to sensitively work alongside clients with whatever they bring, offering a warm, gentle and professional relationship.
I will work collaboratively with you, at your own pace, to enable you to gain a greater understanding and acceptance of yourself and/or your experiencing, and how you relate to others, so that you can feel empowered to make decisions that are true to you. For couples counselling the focus will be on helping you both to improve your awareness and understanding of yourselves and each other in your relationship, and to assist the communication between you.
Through my private practice, working with charities, and working with children and young people in schools/youth centres, I have experience working with: abuse, anger, anxiety, autism, bereavement, bullying, depression, disability, divorce/separation, isolation, life transitions, loneliness, loss, low self-esteem, neglect, relationship difficulties, stress, ‘stuckness’, and workplace challenges. Please feel free to ask about anything you may be experiencing which is not listed here.
Also a qualified teacher (PGCE), I have lived and worked abroad and welcome enquiries from people with English as a Second or Other Language.
Qualifications & Training
Middlesex University BA (Hons) in Person-Centred Counselling
Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling from Metanoia Institute
Advanced Post-Diploma Certificate in Person-Centred Couples Counselling
I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and work according to their ethical guidelines.