CB Counselling Services





I provide counselling to people in Bedford and online experiencing a long-term chronic condition and also to those supporting them.

Professional support for people with diabetes, diabulimia, amputations or pregnancy-related trauma.

Welcome, and thank you for visiting CB Counselling Services in Bedford.

You may be affected by a chronic condition and struggle to function properly from day-to-day. You may know somebody like this or support

someone yourself. Understandably, at times it can be really upsetting having to deal with a condition every day, maybe for a lifetime. In my experience, people will often try hard to hide their chronic condition. We are behind mental health in terms of discussing how chronic illness can affect our wellbeing. The physical challenge of dealing with Diabetes and chronic illness can create a mental challenge and this is where counselling can help. Diabetes/chronic illness not only affects the person diagnosed with the condition but also their family and other loved ones who are supporting them through the challenge. My counselling service and support can help anyone affected.

Living with a chronic condition

People with Diabetes and those supporting them are at a heightened risk of poor mental health. Examples can manifest themselves in various ways including:

  • New or diagnosis anxiety.
  • Caring/supporting someone with Diabetes.
  • Diabetes distress.
  • Depression.
  • Anxiety.
  • Disordered eating (Diabulimia).

All of the above are treatable disorders. If you are diabetic, it is important to be aware of your feelings and moods about the

condition. Similarly, if you are supporting someone, know how your own mood and outlook is altering over time.

Experience of chronic illness counselling

I have a lot of experience in this field. I understand the heavy burden of self -management. Often, there isn’t the opportunity to discuss with anyone how Diabetes is affecting your mental health. At hospital appointments for example, they can be more focused on the overall control of your Diabetes and glucose levels than your ability to cope living with the

condition. Anger, denial, fear and depression are common and normal feelings for people newly-diagnosed and suffering from Diabetes. It can be a real source of strength to be able to reach out and talk to someone who understands what

you are going through. I can provide help and support for :-

  • Pregnancy and diabetes.
  • Diabetes related eating disorders
  • Amputations related to diabetes.
  • Managing diabetes around your work commitments.

I am an integrative counsellor which means I use a variety of approaches allied to my knowledge of Diabetes and other chronic conditions to tailor an approach that suit each individual and their needs. You can expect a safe non-judgemental space where you will be able to explore your relationship with whatever condition you have. Furthermore, what interventions and techniques can be taken on board to help manage your condition and improve your outlook on everyday life.

I always offer a free 15minute consultation. This gives you the opportunity to explain the difficulties you are having and to decide if you think I am the right counsellor to help you.

Get in touch

If you are looking for a counsellor in Bedford who can help with diabetes and chronic conditions or you are supporting someone who is suffering, get in touch with me below for a free no-obligation 15 minute chat over the phone. My counselling is as effective online as in person, so do not hesitate to contact me from wherever you are located.

Making contact starts the discussion and enables me to understand more about the challenges you are facing.

You can also call me on 07525346998.

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