Supporting you in exploring your thoughts, feelings and challenges in life

Counselling and therapy for individuals in a safe, comfortable and private non-judgemental space

About Me

Hi, I'm Ian,

I'm an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist and I work with men and women aged 18 and over. I can offer face to face counselling in private offices in both Northampton and Bedford.

I can also offer counselling via telephone, or online via video using Zoom. The length of the counselling is entirely flexible and can be short or longer term.

Many people come to see me as they are struggling with their mental health in normal everyday life. Anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement, stress and a lack of confidence are just some of the subjects people talk to me about. And what are the consequences? Maybe you are unhappy and aren't having the life you want; you feel stuck and don't know what to do. You want things to be better, but you need some support and guidance to make sense of it all. Someone to really listen to you and help you think things through. Perhaps it's time for you to empower yourself and make some positive changes?

It's time to take back some control.


One of the main bodies overseeing the accreditation and registration of counsellors in the United Kingdom is the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am a BACP Registered Counsellor, which means I have met their criteria for qualified and experienced therapists and work in accordance with their ethical framework.

I have an:

Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling

Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling

I hold an enhanced DBS check and full professional indemnity insurance. I am also registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Ian Head, Counsellor And Psychotherapist In Northampton & Bedford
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How can counselling help you?

We all experience difficult times in our life. Events and situations become complicated and sometimes overwhelming. We can lose sight of who we are, what we want and why we do what we do. Life is challenging and sometimes we need some help.

Talking to a trained professional counsellor is an opportunity to talk to someone who can support you with those challenges. My role as a counsellor is to provide you a space to think and talk about what is happening in your own way; to support you in making sense of what is happening in your world. To hear you and see you. To enable you to examine your past and present experiences to gain a better understanding of them. To think through them with you and together we can create some fresh perspectives of those experiences that will allow you to see them and yourself differently.

Counselling isn’t about providing you with solutions or advice. I will never tell you what to do. It is about empowering you so you figure out your own way and to be able to do that moving forward yourself.

My approach to therapy is psychodynamic counselling. This approach is a non-judgemental way of working that explores why we are who we are. It focusses in on our unconscious ways of thinking and behaving and considers how they are working for us today. We think deeply about the impacts of our inner thoughts and feelings and consider how changes can be made within to achieve our goals.

Speak in Confidence

Counselling takes place in a safe space where you will receive sensitivity and empathy. In my therapy space, you are encouraged to share your thoughts and feelings freely without judgement from me and in the safe knowledge that anything said is held in confidence.

A problem shared...

Trouble with a relationships; anxiety or panic attacks; mood swings or depression; unable to think or act - many people face difficulties in their everyday lives that can be hard to manage and withstand. Counselling gives us a set of tools we can use to help gain a better understanding of what’s causing these problems - and how you can move towards managing or resolving them.

Make better, healthier new choices

Working together I can support you to gain greater insight into the challenges you are facing, help you understand why you act or react to them the way you do, and see how you can start to make better, heathier decisions moving forward.

What issues can counselling help with?

People come to me for help a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:

Relationship problems

Grief, loss or bereavement

Childhood trauma and issues relating to early or adolescent years

Problems with addiction

Trauma and post-traumatic stress



Problems with confidence or self-esteem

Anger management

Issues relating to sexuality

Difficulties at work or in retirement

Problems with family life

Personal development, self esteem and understanding of self


Initial session

Selecting a counsellor can be a daunting and challenging experience

Our initial session will be an opportunity to begin to get to know each other in a safe space. I will ask you some open questions to understand how you are feeling and what has brought you to counselling. It’s also an opportunity to discus your thoughts and what you would like to get from counselling. Sessions usually last 60 minutes.

My location

I work from private offices in the centre of both Northampton and Bedford.

In Northampton, I see clients from the surrounding areas such as Duston, Wootton, Hunsbury, Abington, Weston Favell, Upton, Kingsthorpe and Grange Park.

In Bedford, I see clients from the surrounding areas such as Biddenham, Bromham, Brickhill, Wootton, Kempston and Putnoe

Availability & Fees

Counselling sessions for individuals last 50 minutes, usually taking place on a weekly basis. Initial assessment appointments last up to 60 minutes.

Initial sessions last up to 60 minutes and are charged at £60

Ongoing sessions, usually weekly last for 50 minutes and are charged at £50 per session.

Sessions are paid for in advance by bank transfer or cash payment (within the session)

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Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can also call me on 07391 353661 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

All enquires are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.

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