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About me

Uncertainty breeds fear, and we have been living in an uncertain world for over a year now.  With this fear comes anxiety, you may find yourself suffering generalised anxiety, where everything is making you nervous.  You may have developed health related anxiety due to the fear of contracting covid, if you have found yourself needing more reassurances from medical professionals about health fears it could be that you have developed health anxiety.  If you find socialising or going out difficult because you become overstimulated by too many people or you have an ongoing fear of social interactions such as giving speeches, initiating conversations, or you replay scenarios in which you believe your were boring or said things to upset others you may well be suffering social anxiety.  Panic attacks may have become a new or ongoing issue for you.  Don't suffer in silence, these life restricting issues can be addressed, your life can change for the better.  Be aware that depression and an increase in obsessive compulsive disorders accompany anxiety, so please call me today and free yourself from suffering.

If you would like an appointment with me I offer an initial zoom (an encrypted version of skype) assessment session to ensure I am the right counsellor for you. Zoom sessions work very well and can be more convenient to clients, specifically those who work late and find travelling an issue.  I also offer walk and talk sessions and some face to face sessions in central Maidstone.

Payment would be made directly into my business account at least 24 hours prior to your appointment time.  Cash payments are accepted at the beginning of each session.

Please call or text me on 07962158635 to arrange a suitable appointment time.

I am a qualified integrative counsellor and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have extensive experience of working with psychological and emotional issues; supporting adults within a variety of settings. I am trained to listen skilfully and use various therapeutic approaches and models to help you access buried feelings. I tailor the approach specifically to fit you and the issues you present, my approach is known as person centred which is the foundation of my integrative practice. I also employ psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), providing long or short term therapy. I am here to offer a safe, confidential, non- judgemental space just for you. More importantly I am an empathic, caring human being who really does want to help you feel better.

I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) which ensures information is protected under the Data Protection Act, and I am compliant with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Guidelines.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications
Counselling Diploma - NHS                                
Certificate in Counselling Skills - NHS                                 
PGCE Further Education - University of Greenwich              
BSC (Hons) Psychology - Kent and Canterbury University  
Counselling Children and Young People - Place 2BE                                   

Training

High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) trained at Christchurch University.

Dissociative Identity Disorder Training. (DID) & Trauma friendly Therapist.  IAPTS Cognitive Behavioural Therapy training undertaken.

  • Suicide Awareness
  • Risk Assessment and Management (DICES)
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Working with Trauma (Child and Adult survivors of complex trauma, sexual violence and domestic abuse)
  • Domestic Violence
  • Child neuroscience
  • Level 2 Mentoring people with Mental Health Issues
  • Disordered Eating
  • Awareness of child abuse and neglect core V5

Experience

In addition to my private practice in Maidstone I am a freelance counsellor for various Kent based services. I facilitate mental health recovery and psycho educational groups as well as providing training to external organisations, schools and groups.

I have provided one to one and group therapy and psycho-education to adults with eating disorders and obesity.  I currently work with self and GP referred clients providing short term CBT.

I spent five years working in the community providing support to adults suffering various mental health illnesses and addictions. I managed a supported scheme housing adults with severe mental health and learning disabilities. I have also provide talking and behavioural therapies to people suffering from agoraphobia.  Play therapy has been utilised with young children suffering a variety of behavioural and emotional issues. Prior to qualifying as a counsellor I worked as a pastoral support manager within both secondary and junior school settings. The specific areas in which I have gained mental health and counselling experience are as follows;

Crisis Café intervention Counsellor – Providing group and 1:1 counselling to clients experiencing suicidal ideation, depression, self-harming behaviour. The clients suffer a range of mental health issues such as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), anger issues, Bi-polar, schizophrenia etc. I also facilitate Mental Health Recovery and Wellbeing Groups and utilise CBT recovery action planning to clients with complex needs.

Providing freelance counselling to a children's bereavement charity  providing 1:1 therapy to children and young people who's behaviour or emotional development has been negatively affected by the death of a loved one.

Counselling within a grammar school setting for young people identified as requiring therapeutic interventions, due to family breakdowns, bullying, self harm, exam stress and general anxiety disorder.

Providing counselling to clients and employees of a nationwide charity who where suffering from a variety of issues including anxiety, stress, feeling sad, being stuck and unable to move forward in life.

Voluntary 1:1 and group CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to clients who self medicate with alcohol and various substances, to numb negative emotions from the past.

Offering support in the community to those suffering with mental health issues, such as agoraphobia, anxiety/panic attacks, PTSD, depression, Bi-Polar disorder, schizophrenia etc.

I worked as a residential scheme manager for 9 clients suffering from a range of severe diagnosed mental health illnesses.

I worked within a pastoral support team providing 1:1 support to pupils and families within junior and senior school settings.

My role was to provide play therapy within 1:1 sessions to children identified with behavioural problems.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have experience of working with people who suffer from Agoraphobia, offering talking and behavioural therapies to overcome fear of the outside world. Many mental health organisations offer therapeutic interventions outside the home which is unhelpful to people who are afraid to step outside, I work with clients in their homes. I also provide therapy to people who have hoarding issues.

For home visits charges are based on distance of location and session time.  An initial assessment is carried out prior to commencement of regular therapeutic sessions.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic

Fees

£50.00 per session

Additional information

Counselling rates:

A full initial assessment is undertaken via zoom to ensure I am the right provider for you.  The assessment looks at your past history, current issues and any associated risks. The assessment takes 60 minutes and costs £50.00.  If you would prefer face to face sessions please advise, this can be facilitated in Central Maidstone.

Sessions thereafter are charged at £50.00  for 60 minute sessions.

Some conditions may require extended time which is discussed at assessment. 

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Availability: Internet and socially distanced walk/talk sessions times to suit where possible.  Limited in person sessions in central Maidstone.

Further information

Working Pattern

Zoom Sessions:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

In person in Central Maidstone: To be advised.

Telephone consultations can be arranged with the proviso that zoom or in person sessions can be attended on a monthly basis.

Please contact me to arrange an appointment, I will try to accommodate your needs regarding mutually convenient appointment times.

Maidstone
Kent
ME15

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked

Maidstone practice is unsutiable for anyone with mobility problems as there are stairs to climb and a large step into the building.

Alexandra Pomeroy MBACP (Registered) Couns Dip.

Alexandra Pomeroy MBACP (Registered) Couns Dip.