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Tel us: 01234 360388

Text us: 07922105200 

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Write to us: 120 Tavistock Street, Bedford, MK40 2SA

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Bedford Open Door is a BACP Accredited Service

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Referring a young person

This information may be of help when referring a young person for counselling

The service offers 1:1 counselling to young people living in Bedford

                                                       and surrounding areas.      

     (Ages and areas covered are subject to funding – call the office for details)



Bedford Open Door counsellors are qualified to Diploma level 4/5 and some are working towards, or have already achieved, accreditation. They are carefully selected and trained by the service and work within a network of support and supervision. All counsellors have an enhanced DBS check.


The service subscribes to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. In October 2011 Bedford Open Door was awarded service accreditation with BACP.


Bedford Open Door counsellors help clients to explore their world from their point of view, to set their own goals and to find and use their own resources to help empower them to resolve their own problems.

The counsellor’s task is to create a trusting relationship where difficult and distressing feelings can be shared by the client and where more effective means of coping can be found. Through increasing self-awareness can come lasting and constructive change.


The service is confidential unless there is a serious risk to a client or someone around them, We always endeavour to discuss risks and act with the consent of our clients, but our prime focus is the safety and well being of the young people with whom we work.


   Confidentiality Policy   Child Protection and Safeguarding policy

Ideally we like young people to self refer to Bedford Open Door, however we appreciate that making that first move can be daunting for a young person.


If you are working with or know of a young person in difficulty, who would benefit from our help, a referral may be appropriate. We can then suggest the best way for the young person to make contact with us. For some clients it may be sufficient to pass on information with one of our leaflets. (Contact the office for leaflets)


If they decide to visit the service we will try to see them within a couple of weeks for an initial assessment session. However the service usually operates with a waiting list so you may want to check with a member of staff to discover how long a client may have to wait.


If counselling at Bedford Open Door is not appropriate, we will suggest other sources of professional help.

Referring a young person