Kerry Batten

 Counselling & Psychotherapy in Bedford

Enabling growth and wellbeing, one conversation at a time.

I provide a safe, non-judgemental space and environment

My name is Kerry Batten. I am a registered member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work to their Code of Ethics and Standards of Good Practice. I hold full professional indemnity insurance, an enhanced DBS check and am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office.

There are times in our lives when things can become overwhelming and difficult; we might feel anxious, depressed, confused, not understood, and sometimes we may not know how to make things better.

I provide a safe, non-judgemental space and environment where we can explore your past and present experiences, your thoughts and your feelings in a way that leads to fresh perspectives, growth and improved wellbeing.

I offer a chance to reflect on the difficulties or problems you are experiencing with someone from outside your day-to-day life trained to listen and support. Together we can explore your situation in a way that leads to fresh perspectives – and perhaps a new understanding of yourself.

What issues can counselling help with?

People come to me for help with a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties:

Anxiety and depression

Bereavement and loss

Cancer and chronic illness

Identity issues

Life changes

Childhood trauma and issues relating to early or adolescent years

Post-traumatic stress


Relationship issues

Sex-related issues


Personal development, self-esteem and understanding of self

I have a particular interest and experience working with people to understand and explore work related stress and demands. I also specialise in women’s issues such as pregnancy, infertility, navigating life changes, menopause and female illnesses including cancer.

Types of therapy I offer:

  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Time limited

Clients I work with:

  • Young people
  • Adults
  • Older Adults

How I deliver therapy:

  • Long-term face-to-face work
  • Short-term face-to-face work
  • Online therapy
  • Telephone therapy

Initial session

Choosing a counsellor can often be a challenging and sometimes daunting experience.

Our initial session will offer the opportunity to begin to get to know each other in a comfortable and confidential space. I will ask some questions about what has brought you to counselling at this time, how you are feeling and any hopes you have for the work we might do together. This session usually lasts up to 90 minutes.

Fees and payment

  • Initial sessions can last up to 90 minutes and are charged at £60.
  • Ongoing sessions are usually weekly, last 50 minutes and are charged at £50.

Sessions are paid for in advance via bank transfer or cash payment.


  • Tuesday and Wednesday 07:00-20:00
  • Thursday and Friday 07:00-17:00
  • Saturday 08:00-14:00


I offer face to face sessions from a dedicated consulting room at my home in Bromham (Bedford) and online or telephone sessions nationwide. I currently see clients from Bedford, Kempston, Olney, Luton, Buckinghamshire and the surrounding areas.

My professional experience is wide and varied

Following significant life changes of my own over a decade ago, I began to specialise in coaching, and self-development before qualifying as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist.

Having worked in education and school improvement, I have led organisations, large teams and individuals to achieve outstanding outcomes for children and young people.

Alongside paid work, I have had numerous non-paid roles-from volunteering with Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust on their helpline for several years, to working with the Samaritans.


  • Certificate in Clinical assessment - WPF London
  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling - The Counselling Foundation
  • Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling - The Counselling Foundation
  • 16PF Certification - OPP
  • Myers Briggs Certification - OPP
  • NLP Practitioner - Change Intelligence
  • PGCE - Bedford University
  • BA Hons in English and Drama - Bishop Grosseteste University

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me via email or the ‘contact me’ section of this website to arrange an initial session. You can also call me on 07976465055 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me directly. Alternatively, I offer a free 15 minute introductory telephone or Zoom call so you can find out a bit more about counselling and the way I work.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential.

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