Kate Heavey BA (Hons) MBACP (Accredited) Adults and Couples
** Update: 28 November 2017 **
Please note I currently have a full practice and I am not taking on new clients.
Hello and a warm welcome. My name is Kate and I am a passionate, friendly, honest, empathic qualified counsellor (accredited with BACP).
I have over 30 years' experience of people and relationship gained in the counselling, mental health and corporate sectors with the last 10 years specifically in the counselling and mental health sector working with issues such as addiction, anxiety, depression, relationship and work.
The reason you are seeking counselling will be personal and unique to you. Perhaps you have had a life-changing event (past or current), are feeling sad or out of control, are experiencing a genuine fed-upness with life asking 'how did I get here' or asking yourself 'what is the point to life'. Maybe you have noticed an increase in substance misuse (alcohol, food, etc.) which concerns you and those around you as you try to deal with / hide from life's stresses. At times we all struggle with relationships too whether this be marital, family or at work. Whatever the reason, you are in the right place; a place where you have time and space to gain awareness in learning how to deal effectively with what may be deeply engrained habits and behaviours.
Many people in early years learn that their needs and feelings are not acceptable to others and throughout their life they continue to adapt themselves 'to fit'. What can then happen is internal conflict with feelings of despair whilst trying to find the 'real you' and this can be a life-long journey. What is true is that these adapted learnt behaviours can cause an internal reaction resulting in anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, numbness, self-loathing, shame or another form of distress as you adapt yourself to life ignoring your own true needs. The good news is you can heal.
I am a true advocator of the counselling relationship being on an 'I'm Ok -You're Ok'* basis; you bring your knowledge and experience of you and my role is to be alongside you in your journey listening, reflecting, supporting, tentatively challenging and offering input using my experience. Our successful relationship will be built on mutual honesty, realness, trust and genuineness enabling you to share what is really going on for you in a safe and confidential way away from your everyday life.
With the relationship being paramount to your therapy I believe it is important for you to find the right therapist for you. With this in mind I offer the initial 60 minute consultation complimentary for individuals and just £30 for couples (due to pre-assessment work). This gives an opportunity for you to discuss what brings you to counselling and for us to discuss how we might work together. This is without obligation to book a further appointment.
The benefits of counselling are really dependent on your own needs which can include increased self-awareness; improved relationships; new opportunities; empowerment; altered outlook; improved self-esteem / confidence; embracing of emotions; healing past trauma or recovery from current wounds.
I work with individual and couples (age 16+) on a face-to-face basis at my practice in Ripley (near Woking), Surrey.
My work includes relationship issues (couple, family, friends, etc.); addiction (alcoholism, food, 12 step work); abuse (sexual, childhood trauma, emotional, etc.); anger awareness (looking at your anger, passive aggressive, etc.); learning disability (Aspergers, Autism, Prader-Willi, etc.); bereavement and loss (grief, mourning, childhood, status, miscarriage, etc.); mental health issues (anxiety, depression, low mood, etc.); terminal illness (diagnosed and carers); workplace challenges (stress, burnout, feeling dissatisfied, redundancy, assertiveness, change of career, conflict, etc.) and personal issues (low self-esteem, low self-confidence, mid-life crisis, etc.).
Please do contact me to arrange your initial consultation.
I always endeavour to get back to you within 24 hours yet it is generally sooner.
(Please note I work Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays).
In the words of Gandhi "Be the change you want to see in the world'.
Training, qualifications & experience
Private practice at Harmonious Counselling.
Volunter counsellor at a Weybridge hospice working with carers, families and the bereaved.
Voluntary work at RASASC working with rape and / or sexual abused clients (men and women).
Extensive knowledge of heavy drinking and alcoholism (including 12 step program, AA meetings and reduction processes).
BA (Hons) in Counselling (University of Greenwich)
Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling (University of Greenwich)
BACP Accredited Registered Member (093164)
NCFE 1 - Interpersonal Skills
NCFE 2 - Counselling (Helping) Skills
NCFE 3 - Counselling Skills Theory
Fundamentals of Working with Couples training (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists)
Working With Couples: Dealing with Affairs (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists, COSRT)
Communication and Difference (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists, COSRT)
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) Workshop
As part of my continued professional development I regularly attend additional training / workshops. Up-to-date details can be found in the 'about Kate' tab on my own counselling website www.harmoniouscounselling.com
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Couple work includes:-
- Conflict / arguing
- Relationship changes (e.g. marriage, parenting)
- Affairs / betrayal
- Lack of intimacy / sex life
- Communication and difference
- Loss of ability to talk to one another
- Addiction conflict (alcohol, porn, etc.)
- Rejection / abandonment
- Withdrawal of one (or both) partners
- Increased intensity of feelings (fear, sadness, resentment, anger, etc.)
- Baggage from old relationships / past entering relationship (e.g. trust, trauma, abuse, etc.).
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Initial 60 minute session: complimentary for individuals and £30 for couples (due to pre-assessment work).
An initial session enables you to discuss what brings you to counselling and how we might work together moving forward. This is offered without further obligation.
Individual counselling - 60 minutes - £45
Couples counselling - 60 minutes - £60
(90 minute sessions available - add £20 to each price)
Believing that counselling be affordable to all I offer a limited number of low-cost daytime appointments at a reduced rate (£35 individuals, £50 couples) - please ask when enquiring.
Counselling students are welcome (I am Clarkson five relational model trained).
I am fully insured and have an up-to-date enhanced DBS check.
I am a Clarkson trained relational counsellor and integrate four different approaches: person centred, psychodynamic, existential and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) dependent on the needs of the client. I offer a flexible way of working centred on you, the client(s).
Creative work, mindfulness, visualisations, drawing, poetry, etc. may be incorporated in our work together alongside talking therapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Day and evening appointments. Initial 60 minute consultation complimentary for individuals and £30 for couples (due to pre-assessment work). Thereafter £45 for individuals / £60 for couples.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|