Anita Duke

Anita Duke

Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

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Therapist - Bury St. Edmunds (& online - UK)

Bury St. Edmunds (& online - UK) IP30
Sessions from £55.00


  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Concessionary rates


Hello and a warm welcome to Anita Duke Therapy.

My regular practice hours are Tuesday - Friday (8am - 6pm).

I welcome and respond to all enquiries. To help prospective clients I list details of any immediate availability on the home page of my website, which I regularly update. Please find a link from this page.

About me and my therapy practice

Are you struggling, overwhelmed or feeling lost? Is anxiety, stress or past trauma impacting your wellbeing and relationships? I offer a calm, caring, supportive space working with both mind and body to help you move forward in life. Maybe I can help?

As an experienced, accredited integrative counsellor and somatic trauma therapist, I offer a welcoming, respectful and confidential space to talk - and feel really heard. Time dedicated to exploring and unravelling what is happening for you and helping make sense of your difficulties, whilst supporting connection to your natural inner resources and resilience for healing and wellbeing.

I take an intuitive, compassionate and creative approach to therapy, adapting my methods according to your needs and what, together, we find brings the emotional regulation, understanding, and changes you seek to move forward in life. I draw from a range of counselling and psychotherapy approaches, including talking therapy, somatic (body-based) therapy, breathwork and mindfulness, psychodynamic techniques, parts therapy, clinical hypnotherapy, EMDR, CBT and NLP.

I offer short, open-ended or long-term therapy for individual adults needing support with:

• wellbeing & emotional regulation

• anxiety & phobias

• stress & burnout 

• emotional trauma

• bereavement & loss

• relationship difficulties

• women's mid-life challenges

• personal development

Getting started

I firmly believe that the therapeutic relationship is key to a successful outcome, so it's important you find a therapist you feel comfortable with and can learn to trust. As such, if I have availability, I will offer a FREE initial, no-obligation consultation by telephone or Zoom (20 mins) to get a sense of our ‘fit’ and how we might work together.

You may only need a few sessions for a specific problem or coping strategies, or you may benefit from longer, deeper exploration. Together we’ll find what’s right for your circumstances and  desired outcome and make space for this.

Practice description

I have a special interest in the mind-body relationship, particularly the impact of anxiety, stress and trauma on the body. My practice is grounded in modern neurobiological research into the autonomic nervous system, trauma and therapeutic practice, and thus combines ‘top down’ talking therapy with ‘bottom up’ somatic, body-based approaches.

I use an evidence based phased approach for longer-term trauma work. This looks to first support wellbeing and resilience. Where necessary we will spend the required time to facilitate a sense of internal safety and stabilisation, only then inviting exploration and understanding of your story - working to heal, release and repair from this, so that you may find new meaning and purpose, reconnect with life, and move forward.

I work with individual adults of all ages, from students new to adult life through to those in or near retirement.

I work online across the UK and in-person in Bury St Edmunds, from my private, peaceful therapy room off the A134 Sudbury Road a few miles from the A14.

Sessions are a full hour (60 minutes) and I offer a range of times Tuesday – Friday (8am-6pm).

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

My practice centres around humanistic principles, valuing responsibility, choice, understanding of self and personal growth, whilst acknowledging the complexity and inequity of societal systems.

I welcome working with both difference and similarity and endeavour to make reasonable adjustments to ensure my services are accessible. My skin colour, social identity and experiences may be different to yours, but I will endeavour to understand and respond to your lived experiences to the best of my ability.

Governance and Jurisdiction

I work exclusively in the UK in accordance with English law, adhering to the ethical frameworks of the BACP and GHR.

My practice is registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).

Further details and current availability can be found at:

My first session

I appreciate that starting therapy can feel daunting. This is one of the reasons I offer a free initial consultation, so that we may get to know each other a little.

I will start our first (intake) session explaining important ethical and day-to-day considerations of therapy, such as confidentiality, data protection and what to do if you can't make a session. If you are happy with this, I will ask a few general questions around your health and wellbeing, and invite you to complete a short clinical assessment. This helps me identify your therapeutic needs and supports ongoing reviews.

We will then begin gentle exploration of what brings you to therapy and the outcome you are seeking. I will encourage you to become curious and perhaps kinder to yourself.

If you are distressed or anxious, I'll sit alongside you until the feelings pass, perhaps supporting with co-regulation and demonstrating a resource.

You may be surprised to find yourself talking more than you expected and noticing that already something starts to change, but if it takes longer to open to the process that’s fine.

Together, we’ll find a pace and working style that feels right for you, undertaking regular reviews along the way - because this is your therapy, and you are at the heart of what I do.

What I can help with

Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Life coaching, Loss, Menopause, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Behavioural, CBT, Cognitive, Creative therapy, EMDR, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Jungian, Neuro linguistic programming, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis

Clients I work with


How I deliver therapy

Long term sessions, Long-term face-to-face work, Online therapy, Short term sessions, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited