Ellen Garrard, Dip. Couns. Reg. MBACP

Ellen Garrard, Dip. Couns. Reg. MBACP

Room 7
Second Floor
Osborne House
3-5 Portland Road
CT21 6EG

07740 857109 / 07740 857109

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Room 7
Second Floor
Osborne House
3-5 Portland Road
CT21 6EG

07740 857109 / 07740 857109

About me

Hi and welcome :)   My name is Ellen Garrard and I am a fully qualified therapeutic Integrative Counsellor and Supervisor.  I am a registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by their Code of Ethics.

"How do I choose a Counsellor?"

As you are reading this I imagine that you are possibly feeling a little overwhelmed and thinking "How on earth do I choose a Counsellor out of this lot?"  There are certainly a lot of us, which I believe is testament to my belief that counselling really DOES help.  I am often asked by people, "How do I choose a Counsellor?"  What I tend to say is to choose four or five Counsellors from the profiles on the Directory that appeal to you and ring them up, have a chat or start some dialogue by emailing them.  Ask for a free consultation - some may charge, some don't.  Nothing to stop you asking!  I always say, go and meet with at least two or three people to get a feel for whether they are the right person for you.  Counsellors have different styles of working.  It is important that you find the right person for you.  Finally I say, trust your instinct, your gut feeling.  It will usually give you the right answer. ......  Good luck!  It may be the best decision you ever make!


In a world full of stress, anxiety and depression life can at times be very challenging.  Generally we are able to manage these challenges unaided.  Sometimes, however, we may need some support and help.  I am passionate about my work and see counselling as a tool for you to use to help create change towards living a more enriched, fulfilled and meaningful life.  My aim is to offer you a safe, confidential space to help you explore and make sense of your difficulties, whether they are emotional or relational.

By making links between past experiences and your present thoughts, feelings and behaviours, counselling can help you to break free of unhelpful habits and unhealthy patterns of relating.  By helping you become more aware of hidden aspects of your personality that can sometimes be difficult to acknowledge and accept, counselling can free you up and help you to move forward in your life and maximise your own personal potential.

We are all unique human beings and my service will be tailored to meet your individual needs.  My belief is that a trusting respectful honest relationship is at the heart of successful counselling.  Reflecting back non-judgementally how I experience you will help increase your self-awareness and promote your self-development.

I provide counselling for a wide range of issues including anxiety and depression, bereavement, abuse and couples counselling.  I have attended creative/art therapy training and can work more creatively if required.  This can often be helpful when clients feel blocked or stuck in some way.

Going forward:

If you would like to find out more and to have an initial consultation to see if we are a good match to work together, please contact me.  There is no obligation to continue after this first session.  It is purely an opportunity for us to meet each other and to talk through your needs and what you would like to achieve from your counselling.  If you do decide you would like to proceed, our work together will be reviewed periodically to discuss progress, redefine your needs and agree on how you would like to go forward.

Don't allow anxiety to get in the

What I would say at this point is that people often make contact with a Counsellor and set up an appointment.  Then, when the time comes to go and meet with the Counsellor anxiety often seems to get in the way and prevents them from carrying through with their plan.  Either that, or they take what I call "a flight into good health" and decide that they no longer need the counselling.  If you are new to counselling, the first meeting with your Counsellor CAN seem very scary.  Please rest assured, I will do my utmost to put you at ease and help you to feel as relaxed and as comfortable as possible.  As I said before - having some counselling may be the best decision you ever make.

I am passionate about and committed to my ongoing learning and Continued Professional Development and to keeping aware of current trends.

I offer short-term and long-term counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training and qualifications:

NCS Advanced Specialist Training Diploma in Counselling Supervision
Inter Psyche NHS Trust Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Accredited)
WPF Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling (Accredited)

My experience includes:

.   Private Practice;
.   Working with adults in an NHS Primary Care Trust Setting and NHS Medical Practice Setting where
    I have experience of working short-term focussed therapy within the IAPT setting (Improving Access to
    Psychological Therapies);
.   Working with adults and young people in a local Community Service Setting providing both short-term
    and long term therapy;
.   Working for Cruse Bereavement Care Services;
.   Working in schools with children and families.

I am based in Hythe in Kent, close to the towns of Folkestone, Ashford, Dymchurch and New Romney.

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I offer a FREE initial consultation.

My fees are £40.00 per 50 minute session.

Couples Counselling £60.00 per 60 minute session.

I offer lower-cost sessions to those on benefits and lower income.

I provide reduced rates for trainee counsellors seeking to fulfil their therapy requirements for training purposes.

I provide Supervision for qualified counsellors.

Maps & Directions

Hythe, CT21 6EG

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Weekdays and evenings. I aim to respond within 24 hours of contact.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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