Kate Bedford, Person-Centred Counsellor, Lymm
I am a fully qualified Person-Centred Counsellor, offering a warm, professional and creative counselling service. Having experienced deeply rewarding therapy myself, I understand its empowering and life-changing potential. I bring awareness of the particular environment in which confusion moves towards clarity and distress paves the way for growth and healing.
When we feel safe, we can open up.
I take care to build a genuine and compassionate therapeutic relationship, which is based on trust and respect. This creates a safe space, free from judgement, where you are accepted fully.
Working in a Person-Centred way , I recognise everyone’s experience is unique. I will respect where you are right now, allowing you to set the pace and where we go; trusting you know where the hurt is. With empathy, I strive to truly understand what life is like for you. Listening carefully, I will offer observations and reflections, helping you explore what is at the root of your distress. With the right support, we can discover inner resources we never even knew we had, and make choices that enrich our lives. I will be your companion on this journey.
If it feels right for you; when words are not enough, I use Person-Centred Expressive Arts Therapy. This creative process is a powerful means of self-expression and self-discovery, offering the potential for change and deep healing. If this is something you would like, we can discuss it in more detail.
After 12 years experience in mental health, including work with stroke survivors, people living with dementia, and people with disabilities, becoming a counsellor was a natural progression for me. It gave me a sound understanding of how such issues can affect our lives. During this time, I also provided creative workshops in group settings, exploring feelings and enhancing well-being.
Counselling can help with specific problems, such as relationship difficulties, trauma, or big life changes. Sometimes it’s less clear: we can feel overwhelmed, lack direction, or lose our sense of self. Whatever you bring can be worked with. Finding the right counsellor is important; if your needs would be better met with a different type of therapy, I will discuss this with you.
I have experience counselling in a carers’ centre, a community interest company and a men’s health project, as well as working with young people and adults in college settings.
Areas of counselling I deal with:
● Relationship difficulties
● Isolation & loneliness
● Sexual and psychological abuse
● Carer’s issues
● Work related issues
● Personal development
● Low self-esteem
● Life changes
● Self harm
● Suicidal thoughts
Please note, I work with clients aged 16 or above.
As an individual member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy), I work in accordance with BACP guidelines and ethical framework. I have a Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills, and training in Person Centred Expressive Arts Therapy, and Rewind Trauma Therapy. Further training and experience include Safeguarding and Suicide Prevention. I am committed to ongoing professional development.
If you would like to know more about what to expect, or to contact me directly, please visit my website: www.katebedfordtherapy.co.uk.
I offer an introductory session, to answer any questions, where we can establish if this is the right therapy for you and discuss what’s next. This initial session (up to 30 minutes) is FREE on the telephone, or £10 face to face.
The current fee is £40 per session (50 minutes). I also have limited spaces available at concessionary rates. Feel free to discuss with me.