Ian Sturt

Ian Sturt


07426 772761 / 07426 772761

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07426 772761 / 07426 772761

About me

I am a Person-Cented, Therapeutic Counsellor, able to work with a wide variety of issues and emotional distress.

Person-Centred therapy is non-judgemental, non-directive and values the uniqueness of each person.

We will work at your own pace with your own belief systems, your unique cultural background and life experiences.

The aim is to provide safe, confidential conditions in which you may begin to thrive, enhance self-awareness and explore past and present difficulties.

Getting started

Having made the decision to see a counsellor, looking for and finding the right one can be very confusing and daunting. Especially when in distress.

For this reason I offer a reduced fee for the first session, free of any further commitment, allowing you to decide if I am the right counsellor for you.
Also, if you haven't experienced counselling before, it's an opportunity to see what a counselling session is like.

During this first session we will assess together what you require and hope to achieve from counselling.

Where, what and how long?

If you choose to go forward, generally we would agree a focus and how many sessions might be needed for the journey. We would decide together how it's progressing and if we needed to reduce or extend the number of sessions.

Our meetings will be an hour in length, usually at the same agreed time each week, and take place in the garden room of my home; a pleasant space overlooking a pond, shrubs and visiting birds.

  • (Please note, I am a dog owner and it would therefore not be a suitable environment for those who are allergic to animals.)

Theoretical framework

Counsellors approach their work from differing theoretical backgrounds. My approach is Person-Centred and Integrative (a Humanistic Therapy). This means I work from a Person-Centred core along with the flexibility to draw from other approaches. I see this as pragmatic. Each person is different with differing needs and it's important the therapy reflects this and is appropriate for you. (more information on the different approaches and types of therapy is available on this website's home page).

Other modalities that inform my work and from which I draw are Transactional Analysis, Gestalt Therapy, Existentialism and Attachment theory, amongst others.


Spirituality is a positive and helpful aspect of the therapeutic process.

Through my experience of chaplaincy work, I am able to work with a variety of different faiths and spiritualities.

My own spirituality is actively Christian. Professionally, I see myself as a therapist with a Christian Faith, rather than a 'Christian Counsellor'.

This is an important distinction I think, because a Person-Centred Counsellor (such as myself) works with their client's own frame of reference, whereas a Christian counsellor would work with and from one specific faith base.


I am an individual member of the BACP and work ethically within their framework.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Mental Health First Aid.

I have experience of working with anxiety, depression, bereavement and loss, end of life, relationship issues and breakdown, sexual abuse, severe distress and historical issues that impact the present.

I am committed to continuing professional development and regularly attend training days, such as CRUSE, dementia awareness and mental health first aid.

Member organisations



Individual: £35

Students and Concessions: £25

Initial Session: £25

Maps & Directions

Dartford, DA2

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I have appointments available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays with some Saturday and evening availability

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