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

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

Flat
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 we are at in our life, we will encounter problems, difficulties and challenges, either due to certain situations, how we are thinking and feeling and quite often as a result of how both our situation and state of mind influence each other.

Whatever our personal circumstances, at times our situation, thoughts and emotions can feel intense or overwhelming due to past or more recent experiences and how we are relating to them.  Maybe our emotional world feels numb or blocked or perhaps there is a lack of meaning and direction or concern about the future. During such times it can be difficult to see a clear way through our experience.

Often, if we have support from family and friends, it is not always easy to share with them the full extent of our concerns. 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 problems and difficulties.

How can I help you?

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

My past experience, and the training I have undergone and continue to engage in (please see training, qualifications and experience below) provide me with the flexibility to draw on a number of theories and approaches (Person Centred, Existential, Relational, Psychodynamic, Cognitive/CBT 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 your sessions can be adapted to your needs.

Why Mindfulness?

Mindfulness has been defined as:

"The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally, to things as they are." - Williams, Teasdale, Segal and Kabat-Zinn (2007)

Training in Mindfulness allows us to recognise the "gap" between our thoughts, feelings, sensations and our awareness of them, providing us with the choice to react to them in a more useful way or even see that no reaction at all is necessary as we choose to simply be, remaining aware as our thoughts, feelings and sensations come and go like clouds in the sky of our mind.  In this way we can disengage the "automatic pilot" which often drives our lives and have our mind serve us rather than have us be the servants of our wandering minds.

I believe that mindfulness is a life-skill that anyone will benefit from connecting with and training in.  Whether it is to help with life's stresses, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, general well-being or to explore the dimensions of our mind and the experience of what it means to be a human being, enabling us to find more peace in a frantic world. 

Well researched and evidenced as effective by a growing number of scientists over decades, mindfulness is being applied in numerous fields such as mental health, addiction, education, self-development and the corporate world.

How can I help you?

As a Mindfulness Instructor I offer 1:1 and Group 8 Week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Courses for those who would like to fully explore the benefits of mindfulness in their life through a tried and tested structured programme.  Personally I have been practising and exploring mindfulness and applying it in my life since 2007 and therefore deliver mindfulness training from the inside out, based on direct experience and familiarisation with the practice.

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.

Alternatively, if more convenient for you, online sessions can be arranged on request.

~ 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 ~

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.  For more information about this approach and its benefits please see here: oxfordmindfulness.org/about-mindfulness/

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

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

Qualifications

  • 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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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.  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 and inquire.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
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