Dinah Purton PG Dip. BSc, Relate Licensed, Registered MBACP (Accred), MBICA
18C High St
I am an integrative counsellor, psychotherapist and life coach offering friendly, professional, supportive and open-minded counselling and coaching to individuals and couples. I have 11 years experience specialising in relationships (I am licensed by Relate in the Battle area) and am a fertility counsellor at Care Fertility Tunbridge Wells offering support and implications counselling to couples undergoing fertility treatment. I have experience in short term focussed work (I delivered NHS counselling for 4 years) which led to my training as a coach but I am equally committed to working in a long term, deeply psychotherapeutic way if that is appropriate. With all clients, I draw on a wide range of approaches including systemic, solution-focused, CBT, person centred and coaching oriented ideas and techniques.
As a counsellor I have worked with a wide variety of private and Relate clients, been a secondary school counsellor, provided short term NHS counselling, worked with parents in a primary school, with homeless people looking to reconnect with their families and provided telephone CBT to survivors of road accidents. More recently I have undertaken training in teaching mindfulness skills and integrate this into counselling where it is helpful, and have been a fertility counsellor for the last two years. I aim to work as inclusively as possible and last year undertook training in LGBT+ Inclusion and Gender Dysphoria.
As a qualified life coach I can offer stand alone coaching or bring a coaching approach to counselling both individuals and couples which looks at making practical changes, clarifying goals and focussing on the positive.
I find change happens most effectively when counsellor and clients have a good relationship and hope to provide a safe, supportive place where you really feel you can share anything. I am not judgmental or prescriptive and aim to work in a way that best suits you as an individual or couple. I am constantly fascinated by the uniqueness of every person and every relationship and am passionately committed to helping you make things work in the best way possible.
Issues I have frequently dealt with include: Communication problems; Sex & Sexuality; Bereavement; Stress; Anxiety & Depression; Anger; Affairs; Work-related problems; Parenting & Step-parenting; Fertility issues including infertility and miscarriage; Self-esteem; Suicidal thoughts.
I also have specific training in counselling young people whose issues often include: Bullying; Drugs & alcohol; School; Family problems. As a coach I also often work with career decisions and major life changes.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (University of East London - Distinction)
Advanced Diploma in Life Coaching (Learning Curve - Distinction)
Advanced Certificate in Systemic Practice with Families and Couples (Institute of Family Therapy - Merit)
Graduate Certificate in Couples Counselling (Relate / University of East London)
Qualification as a Relate Counsellor (Relate)
BSc (Hons) Psychology with Philosophy (2:1)
Specialised Relate training in :
Counselling Young People
Domestic Violence & Abuse
Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
"Sexually Speaking" - Awareness and practice with issues of sexuality
Implications and Support counselling for fertility clients
Teaching Mindfulness Skills
Working with Men in a Fertility Setting
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays and evenings
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|