Alexandra Pomeroy MBACP (Registered) Couns Dip.

Alexandra Pomeroy  MBACP (Registered) Couns Dip.

Maidstone
Kent
ME15

Gillingham
Kent
ME7

07962 158635

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Maidstone
Kent
ME15

Gillingham
Kent
ME7

07962 158635

About me

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?  Or have difficulty leaving the house because you are scared of uncontrollable emotions that make you feel vulnerable, frustrated or embarrassed?  Or are you in the immortal words of Pink Floyd feeling comfortably numb?

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 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

Qualifications
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                                   

Training

Dissociative Identity Disorder Training. DID & Trauma friendly Therapist.

Suicide Awareness
Risk Assessment and Management (DICES)
Mental Health First Aid
Working with Truama (Child and Adult survivors of complex trauma, sexual violence and domestic abuse)
Domestic Violence
Child neuroscience
Level 2 Mentoring people with Mental Health Issues
Disordered Eating
Awareness of child abuse and neglect core V5


Experience


In addition to my private practices in Maidstone and Medway I am a freelance counsellor for a variety of Kent based services. I facilitate mental health recovery and psycho educational 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.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Fees

Counselling rates:-




£40 - 50 minute sessions

Subsidised rates are available please contact to discuss.

Home visits can be arranged and fees are negotiable.

Please contact me for further information.

Further information

Working Pattern

Maidstone: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Medway: Can be facilitated, please ring me to arrange

Please contact me to arrange an appointment, I will try to accommodate your needs regarding mutually convenient appointment times

Maps & Directions

Maidstone, ME15
Gillingham, ME7

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

Availability Maidstone/Medway : Tuesday, Thursday, Friday Saturday. I try to facilitate times/days that suit you so please call to arrange appointment.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations