Alex Barden

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MNCS (Accred), DipCouns DipHyp
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Sevenoaks, GB, TN15
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About me

Hi, I'm Alex, although I'm more commonly known as Hattie. I started Rushymead Counselling & Hypnotherapy in 2018, having worked in mental health for some years. I am a qualified Counsellor, Clinical Hypnotherapist, experienced Mental Health Support Worker, and Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society (NCS).

I have worked with particular interest in supporting mothers managing their own mental health whilst still coping with the daily stresses of family life, supporting parents and carers of people on the Autistic Spectrum, and victims of domestic and narcissistic abuse.

At Rushymead, I offer a discreet and professional service from private premises in Kemsing, nr Sevenoaks, and have experience working on a number and variety of issues. Each person is seen very much as an individual, as is the way they relate to themselves, others and the things they experience.

The aim here is to work with this individuality in mind, to provide a safe space to explore, discover and express your feelings in a way that best suits you. Therefore, I am happy to work as a counsellor, hypnotherapist, private support worker, or any combination of the three - whatever you feel best meets your needs.

If you would like to know more about how we may be able to work together, please do not hesitate to call or email. If for any reason either of us feels unable or unsuited to work together, I will do my best to signpost you to the most appropriate service or therapist.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Levels 2 & 3 Counselling Skills & Studies (CPCAB)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
  • Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy & Associated Therapies (Hypnotherapy Association Accred)
  • Mental Health Support Worker 2013 - 2019 (working in groups and 1:1 at WK Mind)
  • Counsellor 2016 - 2020 (WK Mind)

Additional Training

  • Certificate in Trauma-Informed Practice
  • Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis
  • Online & Telephone Counselling
  • Understanding Autism, Asperger's & ADHD
  • Autism - Understanding & Managing Anger in Children
  • KUF Personality Disorders Training
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Treating Generalised Anxiety & Panic Disorders
  • Alcohol Identification & Advice
  • Working with Disclosure of Sexual Violence
  • Working with Dissociation
  • Working with Eating Disorders
  • A New look at Attachment Theory
  • Trauma, the Brain & Recovery
  • Attachment in the Early Years
  • Emotions & Emotional Disorders
  • Panic Attacks: What they are & what to do about them
  • Virtual Gastric Band Hypnotherapy
  • First Aid at Work & Paediatric First Aid

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
Accredited Register Scheme

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society


£35.00 - £50.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information


  • Standard fee per session is £45
  • Reduced fee of £35 for trainee counsellors.


  • Standard fee per session (to address a range of issues, habits, phobias etc.) is £50
  • Virtual Gastric Band (6 sessions) is £320

Free initial assessments offered.

Concessions can be made in exceptional circumstances, and can be discussed at an initial assessment.

When I work

Daytime: Mon - Fri

Evenings: Mon - Thurs

Further information

I am happy to offer online or telephone counselling sessions.

Sevenoaks, GB, TN15

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)

Online platforms



Alex Barden
Alex Barden