Dinah Purton PG Dip. BSc, Relate Qualified, Registered MBACP (Accred), MBICA
* NOT CURRENTLY TAKING ON NEW COUPLES *
I am an integrative counsellor, psychotherapist and life coach offering friendly, professional, supportive and open-minded counselling and coaching to individuals, couples and those in non-traditional relationship arrangements. I have 15 years experience specialising in relationships and am a fertility counsellor at Harley Street Fertility Clinic and Care Fertility Tunbridge Wells, offering support and implications counselling to those undergoing fertility treatment. I have experience in short term focussed work (I delivered NHS counselling for 4 years) which led to my training as a coach but I am equally committed to working in a long term, deeply psychotherapeutic way if that is appropriate. With all clients, I draw on a wide range of approaches including systemic, solution-focused, CBT, person centred and coaching oriented ideas and techniques.
As a counsellor I have worked with a wide variety of private and Relate clients, been a secondary school counsellor, provided short term NHS counselling, worked with parents in a primary school, with homeless people looking to reconnect with their families and provided telephone CBT to survivors of road accidents. For the last three years I have been a fertility counsellor and am a member of BICA (British Infertility Counsellors Association).
I aim to work as inclusively as possible and have undertaken training in LGBTQI+ Inclusion and Gender Dysphoria as well as working with adults with Asperger's/High functioning autism in relationships. I have a particular interest in non-traditional relationships and alternative family structures including polyamory, platonic co-parenting, elective/non-elective single parenting and Living Apart Together. I have experience of the particular dynamics and challenges that these relationships face and aim to work with every individual and relationship by understanding the unique way in which you operate, rather than making any traditional assumptions or judgements.
As a qualified life coach I can offer stand alone coaching or bring a coaching approach to counselling both individuals and couples which looks at making practical changes, clarifying goals and focussing on the positive.
I find change happens most effectively when counsellor and clients have a good relationship and hope to provide a safe, supportive place where you really feel you can share anything. I am not judgmental or prescriptive and aim to work in a way that best suits you as an individual or couple. I am constantly fascinated by the uniqueness of every person and every relationship and am passionately committed to helping you make things work in the best way possible.
Issues I have frequently dealt with include: Communication problems; Sex & Sexuality; Bereavement; Stress; Anxiety & Depression; Anger; Affairs and non-monogamy; Work-related problems; Parenting & Step-parenting; Fertility issues including infertility and miscarriage; Self-esteem; Suicidal thoughts.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (University of East London - Distinction)
Advanced Diploma in Life Coaching (Learning Curve - Distinction)
Advanced Certificate in Systemic Practice with Families and Couples (Institute of Family Therapy - Merit)
Graduate Certificate in Couples Counselling (Relate / University of East London)
Qualification as a Relate Counsellor (Relate)
BSc (Hons) Psychology with Philosophy (2:1)
Specialised Relate training in :
Counselling Young People
Domestic Violence & Abuse
Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse
"Sexually Speaking" - Awareness and practice with issues of sexuality
Asperger's Syndrome and the Couple Relationship
Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity (GSRD) - Meg-John Barker (author of the BACP's Diversity policy)
Implications and Support counselling for fertility clients
Teaching Mindfulness Skills
Working with Men in a Fertility Setting
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Telephone/Online: £50 individuals only
Face to face: £50 individuals / £65 couples