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You might have been experiencing uncertainty and anxiety, or low self-esteem. Your life experience, or how you relate to yourself and others, may be troubling you. There could be patterns in your behaviour which you feel unable to change- history repeating itself. Possibly the ways that you have learned to see yourself and others are unhelpful, and you are want to create better relationships with yourself and others.

We will work together to give yourself time and space to explore and understand yourself better, and how to respond in situations.

You might be at a crossroads or transition in your life or have conflicted feelings, wishing to find your way, in work or relationships.

Many young people are dealing with physical and emotional difficulties. You might have different demands from peers and parents, uncertainties about who you are and how you find your way in the future. You might feel frustrated, not fitting in, and want to feel better, like yourself again.

I bring warmth and openness to my work, seeking to create a trusting relationship. I am flexible and empathic, working to develop understanding and insight to enable self-acceptance and growth. I aim to work with  you in a supportive and collaborative way.

I qualified as a counsellor in 1991 and have completed training in 2006 in Integrative Psychotherapy gaining a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychological Studies from Metanoia Institute( Middlesex University)

  • I have worked in the longer term with a wide range of issues which include relationships
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • bereavement
  • abuse
  • work related stress
  • interpersonal difficulties
  • identity
  • self-esteem

I have experience of working on these issues over a longer period as well as more short-term focused work, largely gained through my work within a employee assistance programme and also within a pilot project within the NHS. I have been able to enable clients to gain a perspective on their work/ life situations and interpersonal issues.
Psychotherapy training at Metanoia Institute developed my integrative approach which values relationship drawing on both humanistic and psychodynamic traditions , recognising also the cultural,spiritual and social context of the individual. I may use mindful approaches and art in sessions if you are open to this.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA English and Psychology
Certificate in Education
Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Interpersonal Skills.
Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Psychological Studies.

My experience as a counsellor has been initially within voluntary organisations , ranging from organisations for young people to the general public . I have additionally worked with clients for longer term as an honorary psychotherapist in the NHS.

I've also worked within the private sector, providing telephone counselling with employees who accessed counselling via their workplace's employee assistance programme .I was employed as a counsellor within an NHS project, providing short term counselling to NHS patients who were not able to work.

At present I provide short term, structured telephone counselling for an employee assistance programme and both longer and short term counselling and psychotherapy as a private practitioner.

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy,( MBACP) and an ordinary member of the United Kingdom Association for Humanistic Psychology practitioners.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

 £50.00(Kent). I do hold some availability for those paying lower fees.

Availability

Wednesdays 10am until 1pm  at Core Therapies Folkestone. Tuesdays day/eve  and Weds evenings at Golf Road Centre, Deal  Other times  available for face to face,Zoom and telephone sessions.

Further information

Directions: .

Golf Road Centre
28 Golf Road
Deal
Kent
CT14 6PY

Core Therapies
74 Tontine St
Folkestone
Kent
CT20 1JP

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Virginia Griffin Monk

Virginia Griffin Monk