Kate Foster - Individual, Couples Counselling and Supervision
I am an experienced qualified psychotherapist and counsellor and able to work with individuals and couples. I understand there are times in our life when we all experience some difficulty, feel overwhelmed and a sense of not knowing what to do.
COVID-19 - I am very aware that there will be an increase in anxiety as people try to gain some understanding and adjust to the new normal that we find ourselves in. There may be a feeling of isolation and anxiety about returning to a different way of life. I am able to provide video call or telephone counselling (as well as face to face when permitted) to work through any concerns that may arise for you. Sessions will be held in the same way on an agreed day and time. This can then remain the same or return to face to face once safe to do so.
I offer a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space in which to explore your difficulties and current distress. I have considerable experience in treating individuals with depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, low self esteem, anger, relationship difficulties, bereavement, loss, addictions, emotional eating and all aspects of perinatal mental health including birth trauma.
I offer short and long term counselling and my training in psychotherapy enables me to work in depth with issues.
I have had many years experience as a health care professional (Registered Nurse, Midwife, Counsellor and Psychotherapist) enabling me to understand the complexity we experience in our lives and the importance of trusting relationships in which to explore ourselves and find new meaning.
I believe the relationship between counsellor and client is important and with this in mind I offer an initial consultation with no obligation to proceed further. In this session we explore your counselling needs enabling you to get a sense of whether I would be the right counsellor for you.
I offer flexibility of day and evening appointments and look forward to the opportunity to discuss your needs at this time and warmly welcome your enquiry.
My training and experience in couples counselling offers an approach which enables relationship issues to be explored in a space where difficulties can be addressed and resolved. I understand that relationship difficulties can bring about feelings of hopelessness, anger, depression and upset. Relationship issues may include affairs and betrayals, life changing events, stress, family issues, communication breakdown and loss of closeness. Couples counselling can reveal the core issues in relationship problems and change relationships to relieve distress.
For more information on couples counselling visit my website: http://www.counselling-herts.co.uk
I am able to offer supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists. I Have a Post Graduate Diploma in Supervision (Integrative).
I have extensive experience and training in trauma and I am qualified to practice EMDR an effective treatment for trauma.
I am a mindfulness teacher and offer this approach as part of my therapy work or as a stand alone session.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered with the UKCP
I am a Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy), and am bound by its code of ethics. I am also a member of the Metanoia Institute and adhere to the code of ethics of EATA (European Association of Transactional Analysis)
I have a MSc in Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy. I am also a Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA). I have a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling.
I have a BSc (Health Studies) having worked in health care services for over 25 years
I have had extended training in Couples counselling and additional qualifications in Couples work, Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy, CBT and Group work.
I have worked for a number of counselling settings dealing with issues such as depression, relationship difficulties, anxiety and stress.
My counselling experience has included working with drug and alcohol agencies where I counselled individuals to address their difficulties with substances. I also facilitated alcohol and drug relapse prevention groups to enable clients to develop the skills necessary to control their addictive behaviour.
I have worked as a counsellor for a Hospice Counselling Service supporting people with life limiting conditions and health challenges as well as the bereaved. I have been in Private Practice for a number of years.
I have completed training in EMDR - a specific technique for addressing trauma. I am able to offer this trauma focused treatment for a wide range of trauma presentations.
I have also worked for an NHS psychological service providing group therapy for depression, anxiety and related issues.
I have worked as a specialist psychotherapist for a perinatal counselling service and I am able to work with the complexities of pregnancy, loss and birth trauma.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Separation and divorce
Individual session: £50
Couples: £65 per session
EMDR: £65 per hour
Reduced fee for counselling students
Lower cost counselling places available
Supervision: Individual: £50, Group by negotiation.
Couple counselling: I offer an approach to couple counselling which explores relationship difficulties and works towards establishing helpful communication channels to rebuild and establish a way forward in the relationship. My couples therapy approach includes approaches using Transactional Analysis and Emotion Focused Therapy.
Group therapy consists of up to 6 members and is suitable for longer term therapy.
I also run topic groups which include depression, self esteem and emotional eating, these groups run regularly throughout the year for 6 - 10 sessions.
EMDR is an acronym for “eye movement desensitization and reprocessing”. The primary goal of EMDR is to help people reprocess painful unresolved memories in a way that frees them from their intense and unhealthy grip.
In addition to its treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, EMDR has been successfully used to treat:
Anxiety and panic attacks
Please contact me to discuss further if you feel this therapy may suit you.
I am a qualified mindfulness teacher and offer mindfulness sessions on an individual and group basis.