Kim Davenport-Read, Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Supervisor
I offer long term or short term one-to-one counselling and psychotherapy tailored to your individuality. I offer a safe place where you can express your real emotions, which may be hard to share with family and friends. I will work with you to support you and to find meaning in your experiences and help you find and connect with your inner resources to help you cope with your life. Our time together is confidential and non-judgemental and I promote a sense of self worth and value positively you, your emotions and your experiences.
Together we will explore coping strategies and find your inner strength to help you grow and make the changes you want to make and the right way forward for you. The most important elements that I have on offer in my counselling room are hope, congruence a real interpersonal relationship. I use my personal qualities of endurance, determination, patience and courage in my work to enable others and engender humility and trust and to motivate change and help people turn their lives around.
Here are a few testimonials that I have received from clients:
'I wouldn't be the person I am today without you'
'I really don't know how I would have managed without you by my side...... It feels like you have been my guardian angel armed with strategies and encouragement'
'You engaged with me in a non-judgemental, genuine and compassionate way'
'The positive impact you have had on my life (and subsequently my family's life) is quite overwhelming'
'You are clearly brilliant at what you do and I hope anyone who has problems has a counsellor as empathetic, supportive, kind and smiley as you'
'I was scared, really horribly scared, I had given up hope... you gave me the confidence and self belief I needed to tackle my issues.'
'As a counsellor you are a duck in water... don't ever stop quacking!'
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an accredited and qualified counsellor and hold a Masters Degree in Integrative Humanistic Counselling from the University of Bristol. I have been trained in a number of different therapy approaches such as Person Centred, IPT (Inter Personal Therapy), low intensity CBT, solutions focused therapy and Narrative Therapy and we can together decide on the right one to suit your needs.
I am currently studying for my Doctorate with Metanoia Institute and will be specialising in depression in people with chronic illness.
My training is in ‘humanistic’ therapy which values and accepts the person for who they are and acknowledges personal growth and change as possible and necessary. My work is essentially person-centred which means you and your experience is at the centre of the work.
I am an accredited practitioner for IPT (Inter Personal Therapy) which is a form of therapy that focuses on our relationships with other people and the affect this has on mood, self esteem and emotional well being.
I am also trained in MBCT (Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy) which is a combination of ancient forms of meditation from the far east and modern understandings from clinically effective CBT. This approach can help to free us from negative, difficult and unwanted thoughts, feelings and behaviours and to break the downward spiral of mood. I also work creatively using art, clay and stones.
I worked for many years for the Samaritans, helping people in crisis and have been trained at SWEDA to help people with eating disorders. The long-term work I have done has enabled me to help people with long-term depression and anxiety and to support people through life transitions and difficult life events and changes such as divorce, mid life, after effects of abuse, menopause, redundancy and unemployment.
In my short term work in the NHS I have used my training in counselling, Brief Therapy, CBT and MBCT to help people with a broad range of presenting issues, often very complex, including Depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Anger management, Abuse, Bereavement, Low Self Esteem, Stress and Relationship issues and difficulties including separation and divorce.
My specialist area is working with people suffering from depression and who have chronic illnesses and disability, the elderly and also cancer which can be the triggers for low self esteem, social isolation and depression. I am undertaking research at doctorate level into this subject.
Sometimes my work crosses over to life coach, where I help people to retrain or learn new life skills, promote self esteem, make changes to how they manage their time, prioritise tasks and better communicate their own needs and goals to the people around them.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have over 3000 hours of client experience and I am now offering supervision in a Person-Centred and Integrative approach to Counselling and Psychotherapy. The aspects of Integration I can supervise on are IPT, low intensity CBT, Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness. My philosophical leanings are towards Existential ways of making meaning of life, our fears and our behaviours and this runs through all my client and supervision work.
I have been trained at the Centre for Supervision and Team Development (CSTD) in Bath and am working towards a diploma with them.
My approach to supervision has been informed by the training with CSTD and would like to share their definition of Supervision:
'Supervision is a joint endeavour in which a practitioner with the help of a supervisor, attends to their clients, themselves as part of their client practitioner relationship and the wider systemic context, and by so doing improves the quality of their work, transforms their client relationship, continuously develops themselves, their practice and the wider profession.'
Above all, for me, supervision is a collaborative, developmental and hopefully enjoyable process.
I am offering reduced cost supervision while I am in training, please contact me for details
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
I charge between £30 (daytime) to £50 (agency/weekend/evenings) per session depending on type of therapy and ability to pay, but I do offer concessions for those who are in financial difficulty or retired or studying and I am flexible about how often we meet to suit your budget.
I have worked in the NHS IAPT service for 6 years in GP surgeries throughout Bristol.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Weekdays through early evening
Types of client
Supervision & training
I have over 3000 hours of client experience and I am now offering supervision in a Person-Centred and Integrative approach to Counselling and Psychotherapy.View supervision profile