Abbott & Yang
Making more of tomorrow, today!
Who we are
We are Keith Abbott and Kaiqing Yang. Unlike most private counsellors who work as sole practitioners or traders, we are a counselling partnership.
What we do and where
We provide person-centred counselling and psychotherapy, an internationally recognized and scientifically evidence-based form of talking therapy in which we are both qualified to Master’s degree level.
It is fundamental to our approach that therapists are non-judgmental towards their clients and treat clients as their own best experts. Person-centered counselling offers you the chance of experiencing realizations and improvements personal to you, through the experience of being listened to attentively, deeply understood, and highly valued as a person in a trusting and safe therapeutic relationship.
We counsel close to both Loughborough and Nottingham town centres. We also counsel by telephone and video chat and by arrangement at other venues convenient to you. Our office address, for correspondence only, is on Nottingham University’s Jubilee Campus.
Who we help
We serve a wide variety of clients, and regard each person as equally important to us in their own right. To all clients, we offer one-to-one sessions, group work, and also Skype, telephone and “chat” based counselling. Our service can help:
- Private individuals, couples and groups
- Business / corporate clients
- International students and workers
- UK students
What we help with
There is a long list of ticked things which counselling may help with below. However, our approach is non-diagnostic so we would just like to stress that as we see it, we are always working with a person not their troubles or an illness. We are also here to help you improve aspects of your life that are already going well but you would like to go even better. For us, it is all about you.
What's different about us?
As a culturally diverse partnership, we have a unique combination of skills, knowledge and experience gained from different cultures, life events, professional , industrial and academic settings. We are not just text book learners. We have suffered knocks, fought battles and possess hard-earned insights.
As a team, we are better placed to empower you to make positive, meaningful choices and change your life for the better. We work collaboratively to make the most of our experience, knowledge and multi-cultural backgrounds, to provide you with the support you need, at the time you need it most.
In short, we walk our talk and are very much here for you.
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Training, qualifications & experience
We both have MA qualifications from Nottingham University in Person-Centred Experiential Counselling & Psychotherapy Practice.
Advanced Post Diploma Certificates in Person-Centred Couples Counselling
We have both undertaken continuing professional development training in couples counselling and each have the above certificate.
We also both have clear Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks which you’re welcome to inspect.
We are also each individual Members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and follow their ethical code (see www.bacp.co.uk ) and also individual members of the British Association for the Person-Centred Approach ( see www.bapca.org.uk ).
Prior counselling work
Before we founded Abbott & Yang, Keith counselled at an NHS hospital and at a counselling charity and Kaiqing counselled at a youth centre in China, a Derby’s women service and several Nottingham colleges.
Other experience and qualifications
We are not just book-learners and also draw upon our life and work experiences of hard knocks and working alongside and with people from many different backgrounds:-
Keith has worked in the quarrying industry and legal profession. He has a social science PhD in modern approaches to enlightenment and has taught UK and international students at Loughborough University. He’s passionate about helping you meet demanding challenges and change in ways best for you, whether your aim is to overcome specific troubles or to achieve greater self-understanding, happiness, or your own unique potential.
Kaiqing graduated in chemistry in Hong Kong. She has experience of working and studying in both UK and China. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. She’s passionate about using counselling and psychotherapy to help you find your independence and power, and make choices that are right for you.
Continuing professional development, supervision and insurance
As members of BACP we both do continuing professional development courses and activities relevant to our person-centred counselling practice. Our work is supervised to BACP-approved standards and we’re professionally insured.
Member organisations *
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
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.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Culture shock. (This can effect international workers, students and indeed almost any of us when we might have to "fit in" to an unfamiliar setting, such as a new work environment or family unit. Culture shock is a complex and diverse phenomenon, which can include experiences of discrimination, and feelings of being an "outsider.” We both have personal experience of living through and helping others deal with culture shock).
We’re also keen to help you increase the positive things in your life, such as:
- Personal and professional growth
- Building on your strengths and successes
- Making more of your good relationships
Counselling can help you get more of what is right in your life, as well as get less of what isn’t right.
We try to be flexible.
Our fees per 50 minute session for individual clients having one-to-one counselling range from £40 to £60. We offer discounts for groups, block bookings, advance payments, and to full-time students studying in UK.
You can pay by cash or by bank transfer.
Please enquire about our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), corporate, and other business-related services.
Making more of tomorrow, today!
Our aim is to help you move from being in a difficult place to somewhere you desire to be, making positive choices to change your life for the better.
It all starts with a conversation.
We would love to hear from you - please get in touch.