Kim Patel Registered MBACP
Back To Health
160 Chester Road
Wrexham Wellness Centre
At Schwarz Opticians
1) 01978 264531 or 2) 01978 316770 / 07530 553983
Hello and welcome! Thank you for choosing to find out a little about me and what I offer, as I do appreciate choosing the right counsellor for your particular needs and concerns is an important one.
Before I trained as a counsellor I was a nurse for many years working in Intensive Care, Day Surgery and Pain Management. I had used counselling as a way through difficulties a couple of times and only became interested in counselling as a career during a time of physical ill health. I am a member of the BACP (MBACP) which means that as a counsellor I follow an ethical and professional code of practice.
How do you work?
As a Person-Centered Counsellor, I believe that you know yourself better than anyone else, and that you hold your own answers and inner resources to deal with your difficulties. I will not tell you what to do! My role is to work alongside you in discovering what your resources may be through exploring issues and talking about how you feel, behave and think. It may be a challenging and empowering experience!
I work with individuals for as many or as few sessions as they would like, or we can agree a fixed number and review it.
Some individuals prefer a more structured approach to counselling with small, agreed challenges to achieve outside of therapy- a more "problem-solving" approach to their difficulties. I can also offer that as a way of working.
I practice meditation and mindfulness and have completed teacher training in a mindfulness- based approach to managing pain,stress, and illness through Breathworks. I am happy to explore this with you if this is an area of interest. I can offer mindfulness as part of personal therapy, as stand alone sessions and offer 8 week courses on mindfulness for health (pain management) and mindfulness for stress.
The next series of 8 week mindfulness courses (health and stress) each commence 11th January 2016. More information is available through my website (www.counsellinginwrexham.co.uk) and Facebook page www.facebook.com/ebbandflowcounsellingwrexham or for information on Breathworks please go to: www.breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk.
Drop-in meditation group (for all levels) is the 4th Wednesday evening of the month. More information is available through my website (www.counsellinginwrexham.co.uk) and Facebook page www.facebook.com/ebbandflowcounsellingwrexham
Where do you work?
I work out of rooms at the "Back to Health" Chiropractic clinic, on the Chester Road opposite the shops at Garden Village. It is a clinic where chiropractors, physiotherapists and other professionals provide help to those with muscle and mobility difficulties. I hire rooms from there and am able to work with you regardless of your concerns. There is a receptionist and a small waiting area. The service is confidential, safe and secure.
I also work out of rooms in Wrexham town center, based in the Wrexham Wellness Center in Charles Street. The service is confidential, safe and secure. We would meet in one of the rooms on the first floor.
If you would prefer to meet in Mold, I can work from rooms at the "Back to Health" Chiropractic clinic (Wrexham Road, CH7 1HT) 01352 751 939.
Although you can choose the location that best meets your needs, if no preference of location is stated at time of booking I shall meet with you at "Back to Health", Wrexham.
Alternatively, I can offer telephone counselling.
Is there any Disabled access?
Yes, at Back to Health, Wrexham and Mold. There are no steps to enter the building and the hallway and reception are tiled/laminate flooring. The waiting area on the ground floor is low-pile carpet. We can meet in a downstairs room.
Not at this time, at the Wellness center. There is a small step into the building and a stair chair lift to the first floor is currently out of use. There is no lift and no ground floor room that we could use. The ground floor surface is wood, with carpet (low pile) to the first floor.
Do you speak Welsh?
I am not a Welsh speaker.
Training, qualifications & experience
What counselling training have you had?
I hold a MA in Clinical Counselling which is strong in the theory and practice of counselling. Clinical and professional placements allowed me to work as a "counsellor in training" over the last two years of the course and I was rigorously assessed in my counselling work with individuals.
Since qualification I undergo regular training and development such as Trauma therapy and couples counselling.
What counselling experience have you got?
In the NHS I have worked in a doctors surgery and Staff Support in an NHS Trust. I have also worked as a counsellor within a university and am currently working as a Student counsellor in a college. These settings have exposed me to a wide variety of individuals with a diverse range of difficulties. These individuals also chose to work in many different ways. The difficulties I have worked with is wide ranging and some of them are listed below. Broadly speaking, issues included relationship and family concerns; gender or sexuality issues; trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); bereavement and loss; low self esteem; work/study concerns and chronic pain.
My nursing experience is invaluable to me as a counsellor as I have a working knowledge of many medical conditions and medicines which has meant that previous clients can talk about their concerns rather than feel the need to explain their condition. Also, my nursing experience and personal experience of chronic pain allows me great insight into how it may be for my clients with long-term health conditions and/or chronic pain.
I have experience of working with many different problems and difficulties and if you do not see your concern listed please contact me (without obligation), it may be that I can work with that and have not included it here.I am also happy to introduce Mindfulness into our work.
What qualifications do you hold?
I have included here the qualifications I feel are most useful and directly related to my work as a counsellor.
Professional Doctorate in Counselling & Psychotherapy
EFT Level 1
Accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher
MA Clinical Counselling;
Certificate in Therapeutic Couples Counselling;
Basic and Intermediate Counselling Skills;
Post Graduate Diploma in Pain Management;
BSc (HONS) Health Studies;
Diploma in Higher Education Nursing Studies (Adult).
I am a Registered MBACP which means that I am a member of the
counselling governing body, the BACP. Furthermore, having completed a rigorous accredited training course, I am also on the BACP Register, which means that I am approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. There are added professional requirements to be met to maintain my place on the register, so you can be assured that I maintain high levels of personal and professional development and supervision.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Chronic ill health
My fees start at £30 for fee-paying students, trainees, the low waged and the elderly. I will ask for evidence of student status or benefits etc. The usual fee is £45-47 for individuals, and £65 for couples. However I am willing to negotiate on an individual basis. For evening appointments (from 5pm), the individual rate is £50 as this time is at a premium and I am unable to accept concessions after 5pm.
I accept payment by cash or cheque. Payment is also available through PayPal through my website: www.counsellinginwrexham.co.uk.
Each session lasts 50-60 minutes. The first meeting is usually termed an "assessment" and gives us the opportunity to look at your concern/s and decide if we can work together. The assessment is also where you can find out more about counselling, and identify what you want to achieve. We can also talk about some more practical things around our working together which is usually termed "contracting". This is about things like missing or cancelling sessions and other "housekeeping" type things.
If you have children, it may be more useful to you to have someone else care for them during our meetings.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays with a last appointment time of 7pm.
Types of client