Len Davies MBACP (Accredited) UKRCP
01227 780086 / 07885 301700
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, with over 23 years' experience of working with adult individuals.
I work from my home in Canterbury within 10 minutes walk of Canterbury West railway station and 15 minutes walk from the centre of the city. I offer both daytime and evening appointments.
As we grow up we each form our uniquely individual working model of how the world works and of how we fit into it. As long as things go well enough we may well be unaware that we have such a model. But when life crises occur, our working model of how things are may be severely strained. We may be shocked and distressed to find that our coping abilities are stretched beyond our present capacities. We may feel depressed, anxious, embarassed, even ashamed, believing that we "should" be able to manage. We may fear that no-one we know will understand, or that we will be judged. We may feel alone, even isolated in our distress. Our confidence and feelings of self-worth may plummet. In order to gain some relief from our distress some of us may turn to alcohol, drugs, food or compulsive behaviours.
At such difficult times counselling can provide a safe, confidential, supportive and non-judgemental space where we can begin to share our concerns with another, develop our understanding of ourselves and our situation, and discover new ways of coping.
I see the person who comes to see me as having strengths, abilities and the wisdom, courage and motivation to seek help. You are the expert on you and I will work to understand your experience as you see it and feel it. I will listen, support and, where appropriate, offer challenge as we work together to understand more about you and your situation and identify any changes that you wish to make.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy awarded by Metanoia Institute, validated by Middlesex University, (2006)
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling awarded by Goldsmiths College, University of London.(1996)
UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I abide by their professional code of ethics.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Sometimes it can be difficult to put your finger on just what it is that is troubling you.
You may experience a general feeling of boredom, or disatisfaction in your life.
You may have a feeling of being 'stuck' in some way.
You may have reached a transition point in your life - e.g. retirement, redundancy, relocation - and need support in reconfiguring your sense of what it is that makes you, you.
You may have reached a point in your life where you want to find out more about the person that you are - and about the person you are becoming.
My standard fee is £40 per 50 minute session which may be paid by cash or cheque at the beginning or end of each meeting. I offer some concessions for students of counselling or psychotherapy.
An important part of our work together will be to attend to our developing relationship - for example, noticing when what is happening between us throws light on situations occurring in your life beyond the therapy room. I am sensitive to issues of trust and safety and the need to work in a style and at a pace which is right for you.
I usually see people once a week. Each meeting lasts for 50 minutes. Therapy may be long or short term, depending on your needs. Our initial meeting would be an opportunity for us to get a sense of each other, for you to decide if you would like to work with me, and for us to decide if I am able to offer the kind of help you are looking for and, if not, to look at other options.
Please feel free to give me a call if you would like to know more. If I am not available when you call, please leave a message and I will get back to you. You can also e-mail if you prefer.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client