About Me

Bernadette Havenga

My underlying lifelong commitment is helping people.  I started my career in the health care setting and I am a highly trained Registered Nurse and Midwife.  I worked in a school nurse setting for 8 years, during which time I gained valuable experience in caring for children and young adults and providing pastoral and emotional support, alongside with medical care.  It was during my nursing and midwifery posts that the desire was instilled within me to pursue a career in counselling.  I do believe that training in bereavement counselling for CRUSE and working with young adults for the YMCA has been a natural path for me to follow, as I feel I have an innate ability and motivation to care for people who need support of this nature.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP); I practise within the ethical framework of the BACP.  I am required to undertake regular supervision to ensure safe practice, and I comply with the mandatory continuous professional development (CPD) requirements of the Association.

I am an integrative therapeutic counsellor: this means that I use concepts from two or more theoretical approaches in my work. This can be described as an ‘integrating principle’, that is, there is a sense of drawing on different theories, to understand more fully how people develop, which elements work and which don’t work, and the therapeutic nature of counselling.

I hold full professional indemnity insurance. I have worked as a volunteer counsellor for CRUSE Bereavement support and for the YMCA for 3 years.  I have valuable experience in working with children and young adults; I have also work in schools, both primary and secondary, providing counselling to children and young people.  I also work in GP surgeries, providing a counselling service mainly to adults.

My private practice is in Cotterstock, near Oundle, and is in close proximity to Peterborough, Kettering, Stamford and surrounding areas.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BACP – Registered Member
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB)
  • Awareness in Bereavement Care (Ascentis)
  • Working with Children and young people Training Course- CRUSE
  • Understanding Dissociation and Complex Dissociative Disorders training- First Person Plural
  • Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice – ENB
  • Registered Midwife- ENB
  • Registered General Nurse- ENB
  • 3 years experience working as a volunteer counsellor for the YMCA, and for CRUSE Bereavement Support, Peterborough, as a Bereavement Support Volunteer.


Areas of counselling I deal with

  • Abortion
  • Abuse
  • Addiction(s)
  • ADHD
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career
  • Carer support
  • Child related issues
  • Depression
  • Disabilities
  • Dissociation
  • Domestic violence
  • Eating disorders
  • Emotional abuse
  • Feeling sad
  • Gender dysphoria
  • General Anxiety Disorder
  • Learning difficulties
  • Low self-confidence
  • Low self-esteem
  • Loneliness
  • Miscarriage
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Passive aggressive behaviour
  • Personality disorders
  • Physical abuse
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Postnatal depression
  • Pregnancy and birth
  • Redundancy
  • Relationship issues
  • Seasonal effective disorder (SAD)
  • Self-harm
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexuality
  • Social anxiety
  • Stress
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Trauma
  • Work-related stress

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have higher training in Bereavement Counselling for children, young adults and adults.
I have valuable experience in counselling children, teenagers and young adults.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Jungian therapy
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution -focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis