Emma Farrell, Dip Couns, Registered MBACP

Emma Farrell, Dip Couns, Registered MBACP

4 Hoath Business Centre
Hoath Lane

07729 020351

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4 Hoath Business Centre
Hoath Lane

07729 020351

About me

About Counselling

People access counselling at different stages in life and for a variety of reasons.  Some have a specific traumatic, confusing or unmanageable event to explore and process, some due to patterns in relationships that continue time and time again and others due to a general sense of being overwhelmed by a thought, feeling or behaviour, which may or may not be understood at the present time.  In life we can feel stuck, lost, confused or hopeless and potentially turn to unhelpful thinking patterns or behaviours to help us to cope. Counselling is an empowering process that promotes independence and self-reflection by providing a safe, non-judgemental, confidential holding space for you and your difficulties to enable you to explore, process and change these with the help of a qualified professional.  Working with a qualified professional provides you with the opportunity to gain a deeper insight and understanding of yourself. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and therefore my practice complies with the BACP’s ethical and professional framework.

Your counselling journey will be unique to you as an individual and everyone's starting points and end goals are different with difficulties affecting people in various ways.  With this mind my counselling approach is flexible and will be tailored to your needs, respecting both you and your goals.  To achieve this I have trained in several counselling theories and am able to combine the tools of all of these depending on where you are in each individual session.  I work with you as a whole individual including your surroundings and environment as well as your present thoughts, feelings and behaviour, believing that these as well as past experiences impact how you relate to others and situations in the present day.  The theories I most commonly draw upon are:

Person centred - This approach focusses on the reparative relationship that client and therapist can create. Therapists create appropriate conditions - empathy, unconditional positive regard (non-judgemental) and congruence (genuine) to enable the client to grow however this has been blocked / distorted by past experiences. This approach believes that the client is the expert in their own world, autonomous and possess the desire for personal growth and change.

Psychodynamic - Works with defence mechanisms, attachments and the unconscious. This theory believes that the unconscious and past experiences shape current behaviour. The therapist aims to build an accepting and trusting therapeutic relationship where the client can project the feelings experienced in previous significant relationships on to the therapist.

Cognitive - Looks at the link between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. This theory believes that previous experiences can distort a person’s self-perception which in turn affects emotions and the ability to deal / manage certain situations. The cognitive approach aims to enhance the development of more effective / less harmful coping mechanisms.

Existential - Explores the inner conflict in humans when they are confronted with ultimate life concerns – inevitability of death, freedom and the responsibilities this brings, isolation and meaninglessness. This approach believes that meaning has to be found or created. The role of the counsellor is to help client’s make sense of their own world.

What to expect from your 1st counselling session

Making the decision to engage in counselling can be a difficult and daunting experience, therefore choosing the right counsellor for you is important. Your first sessions will comprise of a short assessment enabling us to look at your reasons and goals for attending counselling, as well as gaining a short personal history. This session will enable you to ask any questions or discuss any fears that you may have about the counselling process and assist you in deciding if counselling is something you would like to engage in.

Please do not be put off of counselling if you are not certain of your end goals. Counselling is a fluid process and goals can often change, however these become apparent during the counselling process.

My experience

I have experience of working in a variety of settings including the community, inpatient mental health and residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation services.  Within these settings I have come across numerous presenting difficulties including relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, gambling, prescription and illicit drug abuse, alcohol misuse, childhood abuse and neglect, domestic violence, escorting, eating disorders, bulling, life limiting conditions, low self-esteem and low self-worth, deliberate self-harm and difficulties with the acceptance of being gay.  I specialise in addictions and have an in depth knowledge of mental health difficulties and diagnosis like personality disorders, bi-polar affective disorder and schizophrenia from working within acute inpatient mental health delivering a range of individual and group therapeutic activities.  I also have an understanding of the difficulties in supporting loved ones affected by mental ill health or addiction and have experience of working with carers of addicts.

I offer short or long term counselling and you are free to choose the number of sessions you wish to have. We will regularly discuss your journey to check that you are still gaining what you require from counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Integrative counselling (Inter-Psyche)

Certificate in counselling skills (Inter-Psyche)

Current counselling positions

The Kenward Trust - residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation service.
Harmony Therapy Trust - short term therapy with individuals who have life limiting conditions.
Employee assist - providing time limited solution focussed therapy through employee schemes.

Previous counselling positions held

CRI drug and alcohol service - community based drug and alcohol service.
Maidstone and Mid Kent Mind -  low cost therapy for a broad range of presenting difficulties. 

I also work as a mental health mentor at 3 university campuses in Kent providing support to student with a mental health diagnosis.  I have worked within an acute inpatient mental health unit providing individual and group therapeutic activities. I also have an in depth understanding of how mental health can impact upon social inclusion, isolation, work and relationships.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Life limiting conditions


I am able to offer sessions either weekly or bi-weekly. The cost per session is £35 payable by cash or card.

If making initial phone contact feels too difficult then please contact me by email.

My voicemail service is confidential so please leave a message and I will get back to you.

Further information

Off road parking is provided

Easy access from the M2 and A2, I am also on the 130 and 131 bus route.

I hold a full enhanced DBS and professional indemnity insurance.

Maps & Directions

Gillingham, ME8 0SW

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends daytime and evening sessions.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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