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Diane Barton Bates

Counsellor and Hypnotherapist
Contact: 07968 044638


Hello, I am Diane Barton-Bates, Counsellor and Hypnotherapist.

Thank you for taking the first step towards change by visiting my website.

Making the decision to reach out for help can be really difficult but you have achieved that and should be really proud of yourself.  There is nowhere to go but up from here.  I encourage everyone to seek the help they deserve even though those first steps can be scary.

I hope the information provided on my website will help you with that decision and look forward to you starting your therapy with me.

Here to help people one step at a time

Counselling is an effective tool to help support with stress, low mood, anxiety and depression.  It can also be used for relationship problems, family issues, bereavement, work-related issues, difficult life events and more.

Being able to speak to an impartial and independent counsellor can help give a different point of view and think about things in a different way.  Talking about issues is good for your mental health and overall wellbeing.

My approach to Counselling

I offer professional, confidential counselling in a safe and supportive environment that is affordable and bespoke.  I move alongside you at your own pace to help you to develop, grow and flourish.

I have a Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and my approach is integrative thus recognising that every individual is unique and may need a different approach and I can tailor the therapy to what suits you best.

I work primarily using a person-centred approach working ethically and empathically, with compassion and respect.

I  am not here to fix anything but to partner with you and to support you on your journey towards self-awareness and self- development, thus helping you to be the best possible version of you.

I work 1:1 from my therapy room in the LU2 area of Luton but do offer Zoom and telephone sessions.


Prof.Dip.PsyC;MNCS (accred)


Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Counselling Skills

Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Practice

I am a fully qualified Bereavement Support volunteer working for a bereavement charity.

I have worked in mental health for a number of years.  I have recently completed a Certificate in Dialetical Behaviour therapy to support clients with BPD and anxiety.


“It really helped me being able to talk about my situation and to be open and honest with myself”


“Diane  helped me so much through some really difficult times”


“I felt so comfortable and at ease when speaking with Diane and she helped me through some really difficult trauma”

Common  Questions

What is Counselling?

Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you to find ways to deal with any emotional issues that you may be experiencing such as mental health issues, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and relationship issues, bereavement or any difficult life events.  There are many types of therapy used based on the presenting needs of the individual.

What is Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a form of therapy that uses the power of suggestion to encourage positive change. A hypnotherapist will use relaxation techniques to help you reach a state where the conscious part of your mind is relaxed and your subconscious part is more open to suggestion. They will then use suggestive techniques (where they ‘talk’ to your subconscious) to help encourage the change you’re looking for.

The purpose of hypnotherapy is to help you to understand and manage your physchological, physical and emotional behaviour with a goal of bringing about positive changes through the use of suggestions whilst in hypnosis.

Hypnotherapy can help you to break habits that are affecting your lives and also overcome phobias and fears. I aim to focus on each client’s individual needs to maximise results.

How many sessions?

We are all unique individuals as are the issues we are facing and therefore it is difficult to put a time to how long it may take before you start to feel able to continue without support.  However, this is determined by yourself and you may have a couple of sessions and feel better and able to cope or it may take longer, together we can decide what is best for your own holistic journey.

How much does it cost?

My fees are £45 per 50 minute to an hour session for individual Counselling.  Couples counselling is £60 for a 50 minute to an hour session.

Cancellation with less than 48 hours’ notice will incur the full cost of the session.  (with some exceptions).

I do offer concessions – please ask when enquiring.

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Get in Touch!

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch for an initial free telephone consultation, please send me a message in this form and I will respond to your message as soon as I can.

I offer face to face sessions in Luton area and also offer Zoom, whatsapp video and telephone sessions.

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