Kim Etherington PhD
Off Sysonby Grange Lane
I have been working as an accredited BACP counsellor since the early 90s after training at the University of Bristol. I gained a post-graduate Diploma in Counselling in 1989 and went on to study for an MSc in Counselling (Supervision and Training) which was awarded in 1992, In 1995 I was awarded a PhD.
How I work
My approach to therapy is underpinned by a belief that each person is unique. I therefore tailor my approach to suit each person's needs and their situation. In our first meeting we spend time assessing those needs and deciding the best way forward. My goal is to build a trusting therapeutic relationship where we can explore whatever has brought the client to counselling in a safe and confidential space.
I was initially trained in humanistic, cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic theories and have since integrated narrative therapy ideas into my practice. I am also an EMDR therapist accredited by EMDR UK and Ireland. This is an approach recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and is particularly suited to working with current or historic trauma.
Why come to counselling?
There are many reasons why people come for counselling. Some people come because they are depressed, anxious, bereaved or traumatised. Sometimes people's suffering is harder to identify: they may experience unexplained bodily symptoms, nightmares, panic attacks, unwanted thoughts or intrusive images. Occasionally past memories and experiences can remain unresolved and might cause difficulties in current relationships; there might be difficulties at work or within the family; or concerns related to feelings of hurt or rejection and lack of confidence.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1961 and spent more than twenty five years working in that role for the NHS, Social Services and charitable organisations (Child Guidance Clinic and Community for Autistic Adolescents) before re-training as a counsellor at the University of Bristol where I obtained the following qualifications:
1989: Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling
1992: MSc in Counselling (Supervision and Training)
1995: PhD (Adult male survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse)
For over 24 years I have been accredited as a counsellor and supervisor by the British Association for Counselling (BACP) by whom I was honoured with a Fellowship in 2007 in recognition of my contributions to the profession..
I have a busy supervision practice where I support counsellors, psychotherapists, health professionals, social workers and organisational managers.
My published journal papers and books are based upon my practice and research - two of which focus on working with adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and another on the impact of abuse and trauma on the body. Please see my website for further details: http://kim.etherington.com
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Sex problems
I charge £55.00 per hour. One-off assessments can be arranged. I have a few of concessions available for those on limited income.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I work during the day on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Other times might be possible by special arrangement.
Types of client