Ben Dustin

Ben Dustin

Ben Dustin

TA and couples psychotherapist

Approach and background

We all feel anxious, sad, down, or stressed at times, but if you’ve been feeling like this for a long time, lacking any enjoyment with nothing to look forward to, life can feel miserable. Additionally, you may not understand why you’ve been feeling this way, but know that you just don’t feel like your usual self, and you may be feeling powerless to change how you feel, or hopeless about things getting better. You might want to talk to someone about how you’re feeling but don’t want to burden friends or family, and may feel nervous or apprehensive, or embarrassed about seeking help from a counsellor or therapist.

I’ll provide you with a space in which you feel safe, and supported to explore, express and understand your feelings and difficulties in confidence and without judgment, so that together we can help you find a way through them, so that you can feel greater enjoyment and satisfaction in your life.

I have a strong interest in mindfulness and compassion, and believe that often we feel unhappy and experience difficulty in life because we’ve become disconnected from feelings and mindlessly act out old and unhelpful ways of being. I believe that through becoming more aware of what is going on inside, in our minds and bodies, and cultivating an attitude of compassion for ourselves, we can find a way through suffering to greater wellbeing and happiness.

I use Transactional Analysis (TA) – an effective form of psychotherapy which can be similar to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – to help you gain awareness of and explore your patterns of feelings, thoughts and behaviours, in order to find ways to relate to yourself and others which help you feel more empowered and confident to achieve your goals in all areas of your life.

Training, qualifications, and experience

I have an MSc in TA Psychotherapy and am a Certified Transactional Analyst and registered member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) (No. 2011175859).  My experience includes over 9 years’ providing counselling and therapy to individuals and couples, including at Mind and Age UK, and as a volunteer listener helping callers in despair and distress at the Samaritans.

Availability, fees, and contact details

I offer sessions in-person and online (via Zoom) for individuals and couples.  Please contact me to enquire about my current availability.

Fees range from £65 – £80 per session.  Sessions are 50 minutes in length.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how counselling or therapy works, and to arrange an initial appointment. I offer a free initial telephone consultation for up to 15 minutes.  This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right person to help.

You can email me at or phone or text on 07832 115 703.  I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

I aim to respond within 1 working day, and all contact is strictly confidential.