Alexandra Pomeroy MBACP (Registered) Couns Dip.
What’s life like for you at the moment? Do you constantly feel as though you’re on the outside looking in, feel lost, scared, confused? Or are you angry at the world and its inhabitants but you don’t know why?
Do you find yourself in a dark tunnel of depressive despair with no motivation to get out of bed in the morning?
Do you find leaving the house difficult because you are scared of the uncontrollable emotions that sweep over you in public making you feel vulnerable, frustrated and embarrassed?
Or are you numb because you have stopped feeling anything?
You may have experienced a recent event that has stirred up forgotten memories and your tried and trusted methods of ignoring them are no longer working, maybe it’s time to address the issues. Take control and live again.
Be secure in the fact that there will be underlying reasons for the way you feel, you may be aware why, you may not. Counselling can help you explore and address the reasons. You may think that addressing issues will be painful, it will be, but remember whatever you have been through you have survived it; you are strong, although you may not believe that at this moment in time.
If any of these issues are affecting your ability to function in the world on a daily basis you need support to help you live again, call me I can help.
I am a qualified integrative counsellor and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have extensive experience of working with psychological and emotional issues; supporting children, teenagers and adults within a variety of settings. I am trained to listen skilfully and use various therapeutic approaches and models to help you access buried feelings. I tailor the approach specifically to fit you and the issues you present, my approach is known as person centred which is the foundation of my integrative practice. I also employ psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), providing long or short term therapy, I am here to offer a safe, confidential, non- judgemental space just for you. More importantly I am an empathic, caring human being who really does want to help you feel better.
Training, qualifications & experience
Counselling Diploma. NHS
Certificate in Counselling Skills. NHS
PGCE Further Education. University of Greenwich
BSC (Hons) Psychology. Kent and Canterbury University
Counselling Children and Young People. Place 2BE
Dissociative Identity Disorder Training. DID & Trauma friendly Therapist.
Risk Assessment and Management (DICES)
Mental Health First Aid
Working with Truama (Child and Adult survivors of complex trauma, sexual violence and domestic abuse)
Level 2 Mentoring people with Mental Health Issues
Awareness of child abuse and neglect core V5
In addition to my private practices in Maidstone, Medway and Ashford, I am employed by MIND as a crisis intervention counsellor. I facilitate mental health recovery and wellbeing groups as well as providing training to external organisations, schools and groups.
I spent five years working in the community providing support to adults suffering various mental health illnesses and addictions. I managed a supported scheme housing adults with severe mental health and learning disabilities. I have also provide talking and behavioural therapies to people suffering from agoraphobia. Play therapy has been utilised with young children suffering a variety of behavioural and emotional issues. Prior to qualifying as a counsellor I worked as a pastoral support manager within both secondary and junior school settings.
MIND – Crisis Café intervention Counsellor – Providing group and 1:1 counselling to clients experiencing suicidal ideation, depression, self-harming behaviour. The clients suffer a range of mental health issues such as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), anger issues, Bi-polar, schizophrenia etc. I also facilitate Mental Health Recovery and Wellbeing Groups and utilise CBT recovery action planning to clients with complex needs.
Slideaway Bereavement Charity for Children – freelance counselling to children and young people who's behaviour or emotional development has been negatively affected by the death of a loved one.
Chatham Grammar School – 1:1 Counselling to young people identified as requiring therapeutic interventions, due to family breakdowns, bullying, self harm, exam stress and general anxiety disorder.
DIAL North Kent – Providing 1:1 Counselling to clients and employees, suffering from a variety of issues including anxiety, stress, feeling sad, being stuck and unable to move forward in life.
KCA – Providing 1:1 and group CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to clients who self medicate
with alcohol and various substances, to numb negative emotions from the past.
West Kent Communities, Sanctuary Supported Living, Family Mosaic /InTouch - providing community support to those suffering with mental health issues, such as agoraphobia, anxiety/panic attacks, PTSD, depression, Bi-Polar disorder, schizophrenia etc.
Family Mosaic/InTouch – I worked as a residential scheme manager for 9 clients suffering from a range of severe diagnosed mental health illnesses.
Medway Council – I worked within a pastoral support team providing 1:1 support to pupils and families within junior and senior school settings.
Place 2Be – My role was to provide play therapy within 1:1 sessions to children identified with behavioural problems.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have experience of working with people who suffer from Agoraphobia, offering talking and behavioural therapies to overcome fear of the outside world. Many mental health organisations offer therapeutic interventions outside the home which is unhelpful to people who are afraid to step outside, I work with clients in their homes. I also provide therapy to people who have hoarding issues.
For home visits charges are based on distance of location and session time. An initial assessment is carried out prior to commencement of regular therapeutic sessions.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
£30 - Trainee Counsellors (50 minutes)
£35 - Children & Adolescents (40 minutes),
£40 - Adults (50 minutes),
Subsidised rates are available to students and those on low income or benefits.
Home visits can be arranged and fees are negotiable.
Please contact me for further information.
Concessions available for people on benefits and low wage.
Maidstone: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
Please contact me to arrange an appointment, I will try to accommodate your needs regarding mutually convenient appointment times
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Availability Maidstone : Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday. Availability Ashford : Friday. I will try to facilitate times/days that suit you so please call to arrange an appointment.
Types of client