Kate Dunn MBACP (Senior Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor)
I am a qualified and experienced psychotherapeutic counsellor and supervisor, and I work using a variety of approaches.
I offer either limited-term or open-ended therapy; we can discuss the best starting point for you when we first meet. I have undergone specialist training to work not only in a traditional face-to-face setting, but also online (which can involve communicating through email, Instant Messaging (IM) or through video-link). Online therapy can sometimes provide opportunities for people to engage in counselling who might otherwise find this difficult for either practical or emotional reasons. I have been involved in establishing and managing online counselling services and have several years' experience of working in this way.
I offer face-to-face counselling and supervision to anyone who can travel to my consulting room, which is located close to Chichester and provides a safe and confidential place for us to meet. Online counselling and supervision are naturally not limited by geographical location and I will be able to work with you wherever you may be, as long as you have internet access (this can be especially helpful if you travel a lot). Security and confidentiality are paramount when working online and if you are seeking this kind of support, I will discuss these things with you in detail when you make initial contact.
Whether we meet in person or online, the relationship that we create between us is at the heart of all the therapeutic approaches I use. If we choose to work together, we will collaborate closely to explore, reflect on and strive to understand better both past and current experiences and challenges. Through this gentle process of discovery, we can explore ways of enabling change and experiencing relief from emotional pressures and pain, especially those that may be hard to manage alone.
I have been working as a psychotherapeutic counsellor for over ten years and have worked in a number of settings, including local authority groups and charitable organisations. I have worked in Higher Education, counselling students first at Sussex University and subsequently at the University of Portsmouth. I have been privileged to work with individuals of all ages and from a very wide range of backgrounds and parts of the world.
I have also worked as a teacher in different settings, including nursery and primary education, further and higher education and therapy training organisations. As part of an inspirational team working in Social and Caring Services in West Sussex, I established a respite scheme for families whose lives are impacted by having a child with a disability. I became very aware of the particular needs of families impacted by disability and I offer informed therapeutic support for those in this situation. I have also worked in a pain clinic setting in the NHS, where I gained some insights into the psychological impact of experiencing long-term or chronic physical pain. I have become aware of the value of mindfulness as one of many approaches to addressing both physical and psychological pain and suffering and I often teach mindfulness techniques within my work, either to groups or as part of one-to-one sessions. Mindfulness plays an important role in my own life and is part of my own daily routine.
I am also able to offer therapeutic workshops on a variety of themes (for example, overcoming depression or anxiety, working with low self-esteem, exploring relationship difficulties or managing stress) to larger groups or organisations, which may be either psycho-educational or experiential, or perhaps a combination of both. Sometimes a group setting can provide a particularly supportive place to learn not only from the facilitator but also from others who are experiencing similar feelings and challenges.
I am always happy to discuss your situation and needs with you either on the telephone, by email or at an initial, no-obligation meeting in person. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Training, qualifications & experience
Professional Accreditation and Memberships
I am a senior accredited and registered counsellor/supervisor - British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
I am also a member of the Association for Counsellors and Therapists Online (ACTO) and the International Society for Mental Health Online
BEd(Hons) – University of Sussex
BSc(Hons) Psychology – Open University
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling – University of Sussex
MA Psychotherapeutic Counselling – University of Brighton
Diploma in Online Counselling – OnlineCounsellors.co.uk
Further Training and Continuing Professional Development
Supervision training with the Centre for Supervision and Team Development (CSTD) – Bath
CBT Introductory Training at the Oxford Centre for Cognitive Therapy
Mindfulness Training (8 week course in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy). In February 2015 I attended a 7 day professional Mindfulness Teacher Training Retreat with the Centre for Mindfulness Training and Research, University of Bangor, focussing on the teaching of both Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to a variety of client groups.
I have attended numerous brief training courses and workshops on a wide variety of topics, including:
The delivery of brief therapy
Assessing for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Working with those on the autistic spectrum
Working with trauma
Working with loss and bereavement
Using self-help materials within therapeutic settings
Mindfulness in higher education settings
Working with children and young people
Understanding how the brain develops and responds throughout life; links with current neuro-scientific research
Working with those in the later years of life
Using creative writing in therapy
Counselling Self-harming and Suicidal Clients
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Compassionate Mind Therapy
I have carried out research into the online counselling relationship and my research has been published in journal articles and books and I am able to offer workshops and presentations to groups who are interested in learning more about this.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I can offer supervision to counsellors who are training or have trained in a variety of modalities. I am a Senior Accredited BACP Supervisor and have been responsible for the management and support of a training placement scheme in an HE Setting.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Humanistic therapies
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Individual Counselling (whether face-to-face or online): £50.00 per session. (Concessional rates may be negotiated in certain circumstances).
Supervision: Costs are negotiated individually and will depend on whether or not you are still in training, the frequency of supervision required etc.
Workshops/Training/Professional Consultation: Costs are negotiable according to numbers involved, travel costs, materials required etc. Please contact me to discuss your needs and requirements.
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Type of session
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Sessions are available from 8.00am to 5.00pm by appointment, Monday to Friday.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I am a qualified and accredited supervisor, having supervised groups and individuals for a number of years. I trained as a supervisor with the Centre for Supervision and Team Development. I am able to offer supervision to both trained and qualified counsellors from different training modalities. Costs are negotiable. Please contact me for further informationView supervision profile