Kathy Rowell M.Sc Psych, M.Ed Psych, Adv Dipl Couns, EMDR Accred, MBACP,MEMDRUK
01257 472135 / 07905 869702
I am an experienced Psychologist and Therapist who works in a calm, respectful way, offering individually tailored techniques to promote understanding, and enable change and well-being to follow.
My aim is to provide a therapeutic relationship that enables you to feel confident and safe to explore and resolve the issues which are driving your thoughts and emotions and limiting your life. I am usually able to offer an initial free half hour appointment within 5 working days.
My experience over the past 24 years, with well over 3,000 clients, includes working successfully with all forms of stress and traumatic events. I am a specialist in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which can be the result of one off events, such as a car accident, or from lengthier issues such as being treated badly as a child, or even from being in an abusive relationship.
I work both short and long term with individuals as well as group workplace training and In-service training for Counsellors.
Training, qualifications & experience
2013 EMDR Trauma Practitioner Accreditation
2007 EMDR Trauma Therapy Practitioner (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
2004 Solution Focused Brief Therapy
2003 CBT certificate
2000 NLP Diploma
1999 Advanced Diploma Person Centred Counselling
1998 M.Sc. Organisational Psychologist
1997 British Psychological Society Cert
1997 Reiki Master
1996 M.Ed Educational Psychology
1986 B.A. Psychology
I am a member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their code of Ethics.
I am also a member of the EMDR UK Association, and am accredited by them.
I have worked in private practise for the past 20 years. Most of my clients hearing of me through word of mouth recommendations, GP referrals, Insurance Companies, or various Employee Assistance Programmes.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Seasonally Affected Disorder SAD
Self Esteem and Confidence Building
Work related issues
THE FIRST HALF HOUR SESSION IS FREE.
This gives you the opportunity to see if you are comfortable working with me. There is no obligation to continue after this session. I can usually offer an appointment within 5 working days after your enquiry.
I am trained in a variety of counselling approaches and together we will decide what will be most beneficial for you. EMDR therapy is a specialised and quick method of resolving problems. in comparison studies, it has been shown that usually only half as many sessions are needed, as in CBT trauma therapy.
Subsequent sessions are
£80 per 1 hour session
TESTIMONIAL FOR KATHY ROWELL WRITTEN BY 'A'
Hi Kathy just had to text and say thank you once again for all you have done for me over the last few weeks - u have taken me on an incredible journey and helped not only to remove my stresses but also to find the real me which I know will stay with me and my family for the rest of my life - as you know I am an emotional guy but felt I'd not truly told you as I left how grateful I am A
TESTIMONIAL "S" for EMDR Therapy with Kathy for a painful Bereavement.
"Thank you. I was very upset every time I thought of my sons illness and death from cancer. I had not been able to return to work even though he had died 4 months back. I was going to loose my job. I couldn't sleep and was drinking a lot, but nothing stopped me from hating the world that couldn't save my son and stop his suffering.
I had 6 sessions with Kathy and really the 6th one was only so that I could thank her personally..... I went back to work.... I shall never forget my son, but I am honoured to have his memory living inside of me for ever and we are both at peace. "
TESTIMONIAL "E", for Therapy with Kathy Rowell, using EMDR Therapy, for serious childhood problems. 28 sessions spread over 13 months
"I'm doing ok (thanks to you) I got a text out of the blue from my mum and I was absolutely fine.....I have tried to write a paragraph or two about how much you've helped me, but I get a bit "gushy".......use my email to reassure others that the process works........please tell new clients that I might not be here otherwise (sounds very melodramatic now ! ...but I was close to suicide when I came to you )........there was a point when I thought I was never going to get better..... I knew myself when I was nearing the end of my time with you and that felt very empowering.
Once again thank you for all your help.
TESTIMONIAL "A" severe stress
"I am pleased to write this testimonial in order to endorse, support and thank Kathy Rowell for the remarkable treatment she provides, EMDR.
I was suffering from horrendous stress during the winter of 2009. I had started a new job, was buying my first house and amongst other life challenges was suddenly hit with the extreme sorrow I'd bottled up from when my father past away in 2007. I was suffering from flash backs and distressing memories, panic attacks and anxiety symptoms so awful that I couldn't sleep properly. I cried most days and lost 3 stones in 2 months and would just sit on my own staring into space paralysed by worry unable to eat even the blandest food. I avoided seeing friends and was generally miserable company to be around.
I had heard of EMDR before, but never realised how helpful it could be for not just trauma but for anxiety and bereavement and past experiences that I never really knew I had not properly let go of.
The EMDR sessions are structured but also very flexible which I needed. Kathy took me through a couple of counselling type introductory and planning sessions so that by the end of them there was a clear list of what we would address using EMDR.
I was amazed after my first EMDR session. One of my earliest memories, which was so horrible to think about that I had just pushed it to the back of my mind, had become just a "memory", a "fact" that had just happened in the past, not something that had distress and upset attached to it. All I needed to do was sit there and focus on it and the EMDR headphones and Kathy did the rest.
Sometimes, if I'd had a bad few days we'd tackle the "now" rather than the "past". Other times we did "future" work like when I was nervous about a forthcoming exam.
Kathy was so flexible about it and it was really important to me as whilst I wanted to move on from the past I also needed help from time to time with the present. Most importantly we looked at things one by one so it didn't all overwhelm me.
So now it's time for me to go it alone, I've been helped so much by Kathy. My life is now balanced, and even normal life stresses are manageable now that the baggage from the past has been dealt with.
I'd recommend Kathy and EMDR therapy to anyone who is having a hard time dealing with the difficulties that life throws at you, be it past, present or future."
TESTIMONIAL "J", for Kathy Rowell using EMDR Therapy for an embarassing childhood memory.
"I had several childhood experiences, which to me were still very much alive. One experience occurred when I was aged 5. I am now 47. These memories had been around without any issues much of the time but once triggered they were there to stay.
I found I was re-living these past experiences on a daily basis and I knew that, without professional help, I would not be able to leave them in the past where they belonged. Some mornings it was a struggle to get out of bed.
I am lucky that I had already appreciated the benefits of counselling, having had stress therapy several years before which was very beneficial to me. I checked out some details on the internet (www.emdr.org.uk).
I made an appointment with Kathy Rowell and have not looked back.
The initial consultation session verified that this was the type of therapy I was most likely to benefit from. She was extremely kind and comforting and was very easy to talk to. I took home a couple of questionnaires to complete, which she scored on the following session. The scores were all indicative of past traumas, which were only small but very important to me.
My therapist helped me identify my safe place, eg something nice to bring to mind during times of feeling distressed for me it was ducklings on a lake in the sunshine.
The therapy takes into account your feelings as to the event(s) for which you are undergoing EMDR. Kathy monitored me very closely and I was never in a situation which I couldnt cope with. I had some physical feelings as a result (I felt rather twitchy at times) but it is an important part of the therapy and I discussed these feelings in detail with Kathy. It was amazing to notice that the physical feelings diminished as the therapy sessions progressed and I started to feel better.
I feel much more confident now. I feel that I have more room in my head than I had before as a result of the jumble of thoughts having been filed away. I have found that I have more capacity to work effectively and that I have definitely calmed down over the course of the treatment. I no longer get into the shower each morning immediately burdened by troublesome thoughts and experiences.
I had 10 sessions in all. On finishing it was important to me to know that the door is always open so if I feel the need to see my therapist again I can do so."
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My client list is full at present. I see clients Thursdays from 11.30 until 8pm and Fridays from11.30 until 6.30 pm and occasionally on other days by negotiation.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|