Sally Kempner, Psychotherapist and Counsellor, UKCP Reg.
1 Bath Street
Whatever the difficulties you are facing, it can help to talk to someone outside your daily life. I am calm, experienced and reflective, and I have worked with people facing many different issues to make sense of the events or feelings which brought them to counselling. I understand that contacting a counsellor or therapist can feel difficult or daunting, and in the first session I will help you to understand what counselling might offer you, and give you a sense of what working with me might be like. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have, and to decide if you would like to begin counselling with me on a regular basis. You may feel ready to make a decision in the session, or you may want to take some time to think about it afterwards.
How do I work?
I focus on supporting you to explore current or past experiences, and the meaning they might have, at a pace which feels right for you. I work integratively, which means I adapt my approach to find a way of working which suits each individual client. You can expect me to listen to you respectfully and attentively, to help you to understand and express what you are feeling or thinking, and to support you in finding your way forward. I work both short and long term.
I have worked with clients experiencing a wide range of difficulties including anxiety and panic attacks, childhood sexual abuse, chronic illness or disability, bereavement, mental health difficulties, reproductive crises, domestic violence, life changes, eating disorders, relationship issues, exploring sexuality, and family difficulties.
I also work with clients who are training in counselling or psychotherapy.
I have recent experience working in secondary mental healthcare for the NHS where I worked with patients experiencing severe and enduring mental health difficulties. In my private practice I have experience in supporting clients to make and maintain contact with mental health services, and also have worked to support clients where a family member is experiencing difficulties.
If you want to know more about the way I work, you're welcome to contact me directly, or visit my website (stroudvalleystherapy.wordpress.com) where you can find more detailed information.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a UKCP registered Psychotherapist and Counsellor.
Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy, The Minster Centre.
Diploma in Integrative Counselling, The Minster Centre.
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, The Minster Centre and MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, Middlesex University.
I am a Registered Member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and work within their ethical framework.
I have worked in secondary mental health for the NHS as well as in private practice.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- 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
Anxiety and panic
Pregnancy loss, including termination.
Mental health difficulties
My current fee is £45 for a fifty minute session.
I work from lovely rooms in Stroud, which is in travelling distance of Cheltenham and Gloucester as well as the surrounding area.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime and early evening appointments available. I'm happy to discuss possible appointment times with you via email or phone, and can usually offer an initial appointment within a few days