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About us

Karen Hellings UKCP registered Psychotherapist is the lead therapist of Kent Counselling & Psychotherapy Service.
Sometimes making the first move to enquire about counselling can be difficult and with so many different therapies and therapists to choose from. KCPS has a team of professional counsellors and therapists.
With a short telephone conversation Karen Hellings will help you think about what kind of help you may need and either work with you herself or refer you to one of her colleagues.
We work with many kinds of difficulties. Please visit our website for more information.

Counselling or Psychotherapy for Men, Woman, Children, Adolescents and Couple Counselling
Many people come into counselling or therapy when they have relationship difficulties. Relationship troubles may mean any kind of relationship. Mother, Father, Siblings, Children, Friends, Workplace colleagues and of course Partners.
Thinking with a therapist can help resolve trust issues, insecurities and all the complexities that go with having a relationship.

It can be useful to be seen individually to work things through or as a couple.

KCPS have therapists who can work with people troubled with depression, anxiety, confusing thoughts, relationship problems, difficult childhoods, sexual abuse, bullying.

How Counselling Works

Studies show that establishing a good relationship with a therapist can be therapeutic. Sharing what is on your mind with a sensitive and trained ear can help make sense of what feels difficult.

We aim to offer a supportive and safe environment where help is sensitively given to enable you to make sense of what has gone wrong.
Therapy can provide an opportunity to work out parts of the mind that are in conflict with each other.

Initial Assessment

We offer an initial assessment in which we meet and listen to the reason why the person comes to therapy. A history is taken to understand when the problem started. This is an opportunity to find out the goals of therapy and to work out how to reach them.

telephone 01622 754853 or email:

Training, qualifications & experience

KCPS therapists have undergone a long training and are registered with UKCP or BACP
Individual therapist qualifications can be viewed on the register.
01622 754853 or email at:

Member organisations *


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Other areas of counselling we deal with


According to figures from Mind (HCPJ, 2011), 2.7 million men in England currently have a mental health problem like depression, anxiety or stress. Despite men and women experiencing mental health problems in more or less equal numbers, men are much less likely to be diagnosed and treated.

The need for 'male-friendly' health settings and therapeutic treatments which highlight mental health difficulties that men specifically face, may help make it easier for men to seek help. KCPS offers Independent counselling for men with 'gender-neutral' settings and referral to male therapists if required.

For an initial consultation or to make further enquiries, please call 01622 754853.


For more details about our specialist weight management scheme for Obesity, Compulsive Eating, Bulimia, Anorexia, Negative Body Image (aka BDD - Body Dysmorphic Disorder) please contact us either by email:   or telephone in complete confidence: 01622 754853


Additional information

Initial Assessment
Concessionary Initial Assessment

Ongoing Sessions
Fees Fees are in the region of £40.00

We are able to offer a reduced fee for those on low income, ranging from £30.00 to £40.00
Exceptional cases will be considered.

Please visit the KCPS website at for further information about 'How Counselling Works' and information about initial Consultation fees.  You can also speak to the Clinical Manager direct on 01622 754853

When we work

Daytime appointments are available. We also have therapists who may offer early morning or evening appointments.

Further information

KCPS have counsellors who works specifically with Couples and are specialists in Relationship Therapy. 

Please telephone for a confidential consultation about Couple Counselling sessions on 01622 754853 or contact us by email:

For more information, please visit the Kent Counselling and Psychotherapy (KCPS) website:

Maidstone Community Support Centre, Marsham Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1HH

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Kent Counselling & Psychotherapy Service (KCPS)

Kent Counselling & Psychotherapy Service (KCPS)