Bonita Ackerman du Preez
My name is Bonita Ackerman du Preez, Founder and Director of Future-Edge Therapy and associates and I am your qualified Registered Trauma Recovery Therapist based in Bedford, Bedfordshire.
We also provide specialist Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) therapy for emergency services, people who think they may have PTSD, or have been diagnosed with it by a medical professional.
We help you make changes to your personal and professional life quickly, giving you the power to deal with mental, emotional and psychological issues.
We specialise in PTSD, trauma, grief recovery, and anxiety and stress management. If you are committed to change and prepared to make the effort, we are the right therapists to help you now – no matter where you’re based. We serve customers across Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire & Bedfordshire, including Bedford, Milton Keynes & Northampton.
Here at Future Edge Therapy, we have a friendly, deeply caring and direct approach to therapy and coaching, helping you become accountable for yourself.
Future-edge Therapy and associates also offer corporate support for large organisations who seeks to find professional PTSD specialists to work with staff or teams needing 1-2-1 care. We have an extensive database of professional therapists located across the UK who support us. These services are offered remotely over Zoom or face-to-face depending on location.
We use an ‘Integrated Therapy System’ or ‘ITS’ using the best of several techniques to quickly dissipate your unwanted strong negative feelings and emotions. Once these are under control, changes happen rapidly.
We have spent years training as therapists, helping adults and children overcome fears, trauma, unhelpful and negative beliefs about themselves. Often these beliefs were created by a negative event, experience or comment from a friend, family member or colleague many years before.
There is little we have not heard of or dealt with and we know clients have said we always remain calm, non-judgemental and show respect by listening.
Our clients agree. We often hear “I’ve never been able to say this out loud to anyone…”, I’ve never thought my anxiety resulted from my past trauma would affect my life as it has.”
Our interest in how the mind works has expanded to mental health provision and we offer a volunteer service to Bedfordshire Police. We also offer cost-effective workshops online where 800 people have accessed these workshops. These workshops can be booked on the workshops and events page. We offer Mental Health First Aid and Corporate Therapy support and training to organisations and businesses.
My passion for making a difference and helping adults and children is why we do what we do now. Using our vast experience, we tailor-make your therapy session using the ‘Integrated Therapy System’ or ‘ITS’ designed during my 3500 hours of therapy and coaching experience:
We are all individuals with different needs; therefore, each client will need a bespoke and different approach. Our success rate is high. We resolve issues effectively often within 7 sessions, however more complicated matters will need more in-depth therapy and may require additional sessions.
Bonita is passionate about her work but in her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym, cycling, walking, seeing friends and family and always finds time to travel and enjoy what the world has to offer. This has become an important part of her mental health management after suffering from her own personal trauma and challenges. Bonita is previously from South Africa, is married to Claire and they have 3 cats and a horse called Henri.
Claire worked in the science industry at Unilever, studying for a degree in Combined Sciences before prior to joining the Police Service in 1992.
During her 30 year career with Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire Police, Claire performed a number of roles, including front-line response policing, custody management, Criminal Investigation Department, Operations Planning and Civil Contingencies, Training, Firearms Commander and Force Control Room, Criminal Justice Manager, Project Manager and ICT. During her long and varied career Claire promoted the welfare and development of others, taking on additional responsibilities such as a Police Federation representative, tutor, coach and mentor, with an interest in developing other’s leadership skills and seeking better representation for minority groups.
During her service, Claire experienced, witnessed and dealt with a number of significant, tragic and life-changing events to develop an understanding and proficiency around trauma management.
Over the last few years, Claire has further developed her skills in and gained qualifications in the following therapeutic techniques:
When not working, Claire is a keen dressage rider and enjoys sessions at the gym keeping fit. Claire regularly competes in dressage competitions and has achieved success at top level with her warmblood horse. They have represented England on a number of occasions for the British Dressage Eastern Region Team at the Senior Home International.
Claire is married to Bonita and they have three cats and a horse to keep them busy at home.
David is a fully qualified therapist, based in Salisbury, UK. Hailing from a senior corporate background David has now fully immersed himself in supporting the mental health of others. His new project ‘The Men’s Room’ offers an online and accessible approach to mental health support, building a strong & supportive community.
Alongside his work as a therapist David is also a specialist in corporate coaching, offering his considerable experience to others wishing to develop their leadership, sales and planning skills, while developing confidence and improved performance.
David specialises in anxiety, stress and past trauma management using NLP, EFT, Kinetic Shift, IEMT and hypnosis as a basis for his work.
Caerey believes in more, not less and making small (but important) changes to your lifestyle that can have a big impact. Your wellness effects everything – how you feel when you get up in the morning, your habits and decisions you make throughout the day and how you move.
As a wellness coach and therapist, he helps people achieve their health, fitness and well being goals. Focusing on mindset, nutrition and exercise fully bespoke and personal to his clients. Helping busy people achieve renewed energy, with simple and manageable steps to reach their ultimate health and fitness goals.
Lisa is an Alcohol Dependency Coach and Therapist with a special interest in trauma recovery. She is trained in Integrative Person-Centred therapy and is dedicated to providing a safe space in which you can explore your thoughts and feelings, in confidence and without any judgement. Lisa also has a wealth of knowledge in alcohol support services and is passionate about helping people to break free from the confines of alcohol dependency.
Lisa’s work is extremely important to her as she views helping others improve their mental health as her calling. Due to overcoming personal trauma in her past, Lisa now has the drive to help others to do the same. To Lisa, family is everything, she is at her happiest when at home with her husband, 3 children, her dog and her garden. When she has free time, Lisa appreciates an eclectic range of music and delights in attending live gigs. Lisa recognises the importance of taking time out from her busy life and relaxing by spending time with friends and enjoying holidays. One of Lisa’s favourite quotes is ‘We cling to memories because we think they define us, but what we do defines us