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Grainne James

Grainne James

Counsellor in Bedford

I have a natural curiosity about people and relationships and I am passionate about providing a therapeutic space that enables individuals to begin their inner journey. As a practitioner I work with clients as they focus on their life as a whole, to consider their past and present experiences and to include their future potential. I seek to inspire self-reflection, encourage commitment to positive action and promote implementation of concepts, plans and ideas. My extensive experience, combined with a compassionate approach, promotes a deep understanding of the complex relationship management skills necessary in today's world. For 10 years I was CEO of the well known Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. In this capacity I worked to improve services for people with challenging life circumstances following serious illness. I also work as an Independent Consultant in the corporate sector providing one to one coaching, facilitating relationship building workshops and promoting personal resilience.
I have travelled extensively living in Ireland, New Zealand, Thailand, Sweden and the UK. These experiences have given me a broad knowledge of changing circumstances as well as cultural and environmental differences.

Background & Qualifications

MA Psychology Middlesex University, UK

Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychology, Institute of Psychosynthesis, London

Diploma in Life Coaching, Institute of Psychosynthesis, London

Diploma in Professional Studies (Counselling) from Anglia Ruskin University, UK

Certificate in Professional Studies (Counselling) from Anglia Ruskin University, UK

Award in Basic Counselling from Central Institute of Technology, NZ



My Specialisms

Talking with a professional who is not directly involved in your day to day life gives you an opportunity to begin to explore challenging issues and obtain coping strategies for the future.
For some people they need support in dealing with difficult emotional symptoms like stress or anxiety, and for others they need support to get through a difficult time in their life. Some may feel unfulfilled in their relationships and struggle to find purpose. Others may be suffering as a result of loss or serious illness. These turbulent times can create a period of uncertainty and isolation and counselling can provide a safe and confidential space to begin to develop greater self awareness, find meaningful activity and include positive relationships in your life.

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

My counselling style is influenced by the work of Roberto Assagioli and Ken Wilber. The context I hold is that every individual is unique, so it is important to be flexible and choose approaches that feel right for each client. We may spend time talking, exploring memories, belief systems, values and relationships. Or I may ask you to explore different parts of yourself, such as the Protector, Inner Critic, Rebel, Vulnerable Child, or Observer. These dialogues can be very valuable in clarifying old patterns and current challenges. I may draw attention to what you are experiencing in your physical body in the "here and now" or we may work with dreams or other forms of creative expression. I use meditation and visualisation techniques to reduce stress and open you todeeper layers of yourself. Learning to observe and make room for thoughts, emotions, and body sensations in an open and compassionate manner. Often you will be encouraged to read or journal between sessions, as well as practice relaxation and meditation techniques. Counselling is beneficial to people at many different times in their life but especially when experiencing some of the following: A sense of loss and isolation , Anxiety, Addicition, Abuse, Difficult relationships, Depression, Low self esteem, Cancer or other illness, Work related issues

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Counselling In Person £40 per 60 minutes