Cesare Saguato - Reg MBACP Dip.Integrative Counselling (NHS) Mindfulness (MBCT)

Cesare Saguato - Reg MBACP Dip.Integrative Counselling (NHS) Mindfulness (MBCT)

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St. Barnabas House
Duncan Road
Gillingham
Kent
ME7 4LA

07766720702

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Flat
St. Barnabas House
Duncan Road
Gillingham
Kent
ME7 4LA

07766720702

About me

Why Counselling?

Whoever we are and no matter what stage of life we find ourself at, there will sometimes be problems, difficulties and challenges. Either due to certain situations, how we are thinking and feeling or quite often due to how our situation and state of mind are influencing each other.

At times, our situation, thoughts and emotions can feel intense or overwhelming due to our past or recent experiences and how we relate to them. Maybe our emotional world feels numb or blocked, perhaps there is confusion, a lack of meaning and direction in our life or concerns about the past or future. During such times it can be difficult to see a clear way through our experience.

If we have support from friends and family, it isn't always easy to share the full extent of our concerns with them. Indeed, our relationships (or lack of relationship) with our family, our partner, friends, colleagues and even with our-self, can be where we are experiencing the problems and difficulties.

How can I help you?

I believe that ultimately you are the expert on you, however I can provide an accepting, non-judgemental, empathic, safe and confidential space for you to explore your life situation and yourself.

Helping you bring more awareness, clarity and kindness to your experience, we can then explore your choices, what changes you can make and what strategies you can use to help move forward in a way that is most useful for you in your life at this time.

My past experience, training and continuing professional development, provide me with the flexibility to draw on a number of theories and approaches (Person Centred, Existential, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness).

Whether you are looking to make defined and definite changes in your life or are less clear about your current experience and would like a more open exploration, the style, structure and pace of the sessions follow your needs.

Counselling or Psychotherapy?

Counselling is usually shorter, more goal orientated work, aimed at resolving a few specific issues.

Psychotherapy is usually longer and deeper work, aimed at resolving more complex and often interrelated issues, leading to greater self-awareness and the exploration of generally being a human and all that it entails.

The boundaries between Counselling and Psychotherapy can overlap and both approaches are ways to achieve a more fulfilled, happier and meaningful life.


Why Mindfulness?

Mindfulness practice has benefited people for more than 2,500 years. Over the past 35 years, these methods which originated in the meditation traditions of the East, have been developed into training courses in the West, often bringing them together with understandings from western psychology. These courses, commonly delivered over eight weeks, have since helped tens of thousands of people around the world relate differently to stress, chronic pain or illness, anxiety, addiction, depression and quite simply, the experience of being a human alive on the planet today.

Mindfulness methods and these courses have and continue to be researched at a high level and there is a solid and growing evidence base demonstrating the effectiveness of mindfulness in these areas and beyond, resulting in mindfulness being recommended and applied in mental health, education, the criminal justice system and the work place.

So what's it all about?

Training in mindfulness is like going to the gym, but for your mind instead of your body. In essence it is a training in learning how to simply be again, a coming home to our sense of embodied present-moment experience with a non-judgemental, all-embracing kind awareness. This is done by learning and practising a number of mindfulness meditation methods alongside innovative positive psychology techniques in a structured and sequenced way over a period of time. The approach actually changes your brain by slowly re-wiring neurons as you integrate a more mindful way of being into your everyday life for your benefit and the benefit of others.

Mindfulness lets us recognise the gap between our thoughts, feelings, sensations and our awareness of them, providing us with the choice to respond rather than react or perhaps realise that no response is necessary. Instead we may choose to simply be, relaxing in awareness as our thoughts, feelings and sensations come and go like clouds in the sky-like nature of our mind.

Training in Mindfulness also helps us recognise our mind's habits, slowly freeing us from counter-productive habitual patterns by letting them go or transforming them by acting in a way that is wiser, kinder or more creative for ourselves and others in the moment. We begin to realise that our reality is to a large extent an interpretation of events based on the mind's habits and our current mood, which in turn opens up more space, more possibility and more freedom in our experience for transformation.

Mindfulness is a life-skill that anyone can benefit from connecting with and training in and those benefits permeate the life of the individual because we take our mind wherever we go: when on our own, in our relationships and in the work place.

Benefits of mindfulness

Mindfulness is a natural ability we all have but with practice we can strengthen that ability and draw out its many benefits including:

  • A deeper sense of connection with yourself
  • More self-awareness
  • Better self-care
  • Improved way of relating to your thoughts, feelings and sensations
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Improved relationships
  • Increased sense of appreciation and gratitude for life
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Reduction in depressive relapse
  • Builds resilience for demanding and stressful situations
  • Increased feelings of well-being
  • Supports physical health
  • Improved ability to focus and concentrate
  • Increased creativity
  • Increased productivity
  • Better communication
  • Better decision making abilities


How can I help you?

I offer one-to-one and group eight week mindfulness courses, as well as taster sessions, workshops, refreshers, retreats and bespoke courses and trainings for organisations, for those who would like to fully explore the benefits of mindfulness in their personal and/or professional life, through a tried and tested structured programme.

I have been practising and exploring mindfulness meditation and applying it in my life since 2007 through the Buddhist contemplative tradition and additionally through the secular mindfulness movement.  I therefore deliver mindfulness training from the inside out, based on direct experience and familiarisation with the practice.  I continue to receive instructions from international mindfulness and meditation teachers and put those instructions into practice in my daily life and in retreat contexts.

Qualified, registered, insured and professional.

I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor and I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), the largest professional organisation which represents Counselling and Psychotherapy in the United Kingdom. I adhere to the professional and ethical guidelines (www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/) as set out by the BACP and I am fully insured.

Currently I work out of a professional Counselling and Therapy Centre in Medway, St. Barnabas House (www.stbarnabashouse.co.uk). The centre offers a quiet, comfortable atmosphere and is easily accessible by car (with parking close by), bus or train.

If you are unable to physically attend the Centre, I offer phone and online Counselling and Psychotherapy sessions.

~ If you have any questions or would like to make an inquiry, then please do feel free to get in touch and call me on 07766720702, leave a message or email me by using the above "Email me" button at the top of this page.  I will be happy to speak with you and answer your questions.  I endeavour to reply to you at my next available opportunity, usually within 24 hours.  Giving me a call and making an inquiry doesn't oblige you to book an appointment in any way.  With every good wish, Cesare ~

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and qualifications

I have a Certificate in Counselling Skills and a Diploma in Integrative Counselling which provides me with the flexibility to draw on a number of theories and approaches best suited to your needs.

My training as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor was within the Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust (www.inter-psyche.co.uk).  The course was fully Accredited by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), the largest professional organisation which represents Counselling and Psychotherapy in the United Kingdom (www.bacp.co.uk).

In addition to this I have also undergone training with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, which is an international centre of excellence within Oxford University's Department of Psychiatry (www.oxfordmindfulness.org), completing a Teacher Training Retreat in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).  This training supplemented my long-term personal interest and practice in mindfulness as well as my professional tool kit as a counsellor, allowing me to bring elements of MBCT into my counselling when it serves my clients, adding another dimension not explicitly found in other approaches as well as offering 1:1 and Group 8 Week MBCT courses. MBCT brings together ancient meditation techniques with developments in modern western psychology and the research demonstrates its usefulness in treating a number of problems including stress, anxiety and depression.

My previous professional training was a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the University College London: Institute of Education, University of London.

My undergraduate studies were in Philosophy, BA (Hons) at King's College, University of London.

Qualifications

  • .b Foundation Training (Mindfulness in Schools Project)
  • 1 week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Teacher Training Retreat Certificate (Oxford University, Oxford Mindfulness Centre)
  • 8 week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Course Certificate (London Meditate)
  • NHS Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP)
  • CPD in Drug and Alcohol Awareness (RAPt)
  • CPD in 12 Step Awareness (RAPt)
  • CPD in Group Facilitation Skills (RAPt)
  • CPD in Motivational Enhancement Therapy (RAPt)
  • Certificate in Mentoring (University of Greenwich)
  • NHS Certificate in Counselling Skills (BACP)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Institute of Education, University of London)
  • BA Honours in Western Philosophy (King's College, University of London)
  • Advanced Level Certificate in Psychology (AQA)

Experience

Previously I worked in the field of Education, Training and Employment, initially as a Secondary School Teacher and then within the Prison System as a Career Advisor, Tutor, Team Leader, Mentor and in Management.

Before working full-time in private practice I worked in the field of Addiction with a range of male and female clients and am therefore able to support those struggling with addictive behaviour or those effected by such behaviour.  I am familiar with 12 Step work and the Fellowships.

I have also worked as a Counsellor at a local College with teenagers and young adults and am familiar with working with the struggles experienced during an intense, pressurised and confusing time in life within a world and future that can look uncertain.

I have been facilitating a weekly Mindfulness Meditation group for a number of years in a voluntary capacity and have been receiving guidance and in instructions in Mindfulness Meditation from international teachers since 2009.

Having worked with both male and female adults and teenagers within prisons, colleges and in private practice I have experience with a number of problems and difficulties including, but not exclusively, those that are relating to:

Relationship Issues
Family Issues
Work and career
Personal Development
Goal Setting
Self-image
Low self-esteem
Low self-confidence
Guilt
Anxiety
Self-harm
Addiction
Trauma
Sexual abuse
Loss of meaning in life
Loss of direction in life
Changes and transitions in life
Low moods
Loss
Bereavement
Depression
Spiritual crisis

~ If you have any questions or would like to make an inquiry, then please do feel free to get in touch and call me on 07766720702, leave a message or email me by using the above "Email me" button.  I will be happy to speak with you and answer your questions.  I endeavour to reply to you at my next available opportunity, usually within 24 hours.  Giving me a call and making an inquiry doesn't oblige you to book an appointment in any way.  With every good wish, Cesare ~

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Fees

Fees are set at £40 for weekly 50 minute sessions and payment is made at the end of each session.

However, it may be possible for you to have a concession if you are on a low income, currently out of work or a student, providing I currently have low fee spaces available at the time. If you are in one of those situations, then please do get in touch to find out if I can offer you a space, thank you.

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Mindfulness

Fees depend on the type of work, 1:1 sessions, group or bespoke training days in mindfulness.  Please do get in touch to find out more.

Further information

Availability

Available for day and evening appointments (first appointment at 9am and last appointment time is 7pm).

If you need to cancel or re-arrange your appointment then please provide me with at least a 24 hour notice, otherwise I will need you to pay the fee, thank you.

Special Interests

Mindfulness Meditation, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and how mindfulness is being applied in clinical and non-clinical settings.

~ If you have any questions or would like to make an inquiry, then please do feel free to get in touch and call me on 07766720702, leave a message or email me by using the above "Email me" button at the top of this page.  I will be happy to speak with you and answer your questions.  I endeavour to reply to you at my next available opportunity, usually within 24 hours.  Giving me a call and making an inquiry doesn't oblige you to book an appointment in any way.  With every good wish, Cesare ~

Maps & Directions

Gillingham, ME7 4LA

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

50 minute weekly sessions available Monday to Friday, 9am-7pm. £40 per session, concessions available, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
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