Concord House Clinic
26a Stour Street
As a fully qualified counsellor and a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy I bring my 4 years experience as part of the NHS and charitable organisations to offer short term or open ended counselling to adults in a warm, safe and confidential environment.
All my work adheres to the code of ethics of the BACP. This means that clients can expect a setting that has professional integrity, that is non-judgemental and respectful and in which it is possible to explore anything that may be troubling or that needs talking about.
I believe that each of us have feelings and experiences that are unique and that can be shared and understood more fully with a counsellor.
Often people choose to meet with a counsellor to explore relationship issues, anxiety, depression, loss, bereavement or abuse. Sometimes people feel stuck or overwhelmed by life and have tried everything to manage on their own.
Developing a trusting relationship with a counsellor is an essential part of the therapeutic process as this allows for a confident and free expression of thoughts and feelings, and a space to reflect and for changes and a recovery to take place.
Choosing to start counselling and finding the right counsellor can feel daunting. It is important that the client has an opportunity at the first meeting to see whether they feel comfortable to continue.
If so, with discussion I can help facilitate the client to decide what is best for them in terms of the number of sessions and what the focus of sessions will be, if that is required.
I have been funded by the NHS to offer Counselling for Depression and am completing my supervised clinical training. This is a NICE approved therapy and is an NHS High Intensity Intervention for moderate to severe depression. This approach involves up to a 20 week collaborative exploration of the client's experiences, thoughts and feelings that are linked to, or that may underly depression. Rather than focusing on symptoms, CfD explores the whole experience of the client from their own perspective. This approach can focus on feelings that may also be sensed in the body and that can be helped to find expression and acknowledgement.
Whilst I am completing my clinical supervised training I can offer low cost sessions independently of the NHS to clients willing to participate in recorded sessions.
Following a Fine Art degree I trained as a therapist 20 years ago and have extensive experience of working with children, many with special needs and disabilities, and with adults including NHS work for the Immune Development Trust as a Healing - Shiatsu Practitioner and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist.
I bring to all my work an awareness of the physical experiences that can result from stress, trauma depression, anxiety, unexplored emotions and illness. Underpinning my work is a belief that we all have an inherent healing ability that can help us to process painful or unresolved experiences without feeling overwhelmed. This process is facilitated with a sensitively attuned therapist in a non-invasive way and can lead to feelings of being well and of being confidently more able to deal with life's issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Four years experience as a counsellor within charitable organisations and the NHS as part of: Sittingbourne NHS Primary Care Psychological Therapies Unit (KMPT), NHS and MIND in Newham Talking Therapies, MIND Tower Hamlets, GP Surgeries, The Waymark Trust.
- Diploma In Integrative Conselling, Interpsyche Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (BACP Acredited) as part of Kent and Medway NHS Social Care and Partnership Trust (2012)
- Certificate in Counselling, University of Kent (2009)
- Counselling for Depression, Metanoia (2015) NHS funded NICE approved
- Working with Interpreters, NHS Newham Talking Therapies (2013)
- Meeting the Challenges of Dissociation CPD, Bowlby Centre (2014)
- Complex Trauma and Attchment Bonds CPD, Bowlby Centre (2012)
- 20 years experience as a Healing- Shiatsu Practitioner and teacher (BSS, 1996), (HSEC, 2000) and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist (Karuna, 2001) working in the NHS, Immune development Trust with the NHS, Charities and in Private practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Family issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Life threatening illness
Impact of Medical diagnoses
Mental Health Stigma
Surgery and anaesthesia
Fear of breakdown
After the initial session, alll subsequent sessions last for 50 minutes, usually on a weekly basis at the same time. Fees and meeting times are subject to agreement in the first session, as is the number of sessions. This fee is usually £40 and I am happy to negotiate for those on low incomes. Fees are open to review subject to circumstances. The initial Session is £25.
I am offering an opportunity for low cost Counselling for Depression to several clients with moderate to severe depression.
This NHS and NICE approved therapy is on offer to those who are currently diagnosed suffering from depression and who can attend regularly for between 10-20 sessions and who will agree to be recorded in the strictest confidence for supervision purposes.
The fees for CfD are negotiable for those on low incomes and who are willing to commit to this course of therapy.
If you feel that you or anyone else you may know would want to explore this option please feel free to contact me.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekday by arrangement.
Types of client