Alexandra Pomeroy MBACP (Registered) Couns Dip.

Alexandra Pomeroy  MBACP (Registered) Couns Dip.

Maidstone
Kent
ME15

07962 158635

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Maidstone
Kent
ME15

07962 158635

About me

Do you constantly feel as though you’re on the outside looking in or feel lost/scared/ confused? Or do you feel angry at the world and its inhabitants but you don’t know why? Are you experiencing a groundhog day lifestyle where you cant remember what has happened in your day to day life? Has life become so stressful you dont feel you can cope with it anymore? These feelings are not unusual but they are damaging to your physical and mental health.

Be secure in the fact that there will be an underlying reason for these emotions, you may be aware why, you may not.  Counselling can help you explore and address the reasons, this can be painful but remember whatever you have been through you survived it first time round. Being anxious, depressed, sad or suffering panic attacks etc are communications from your body that you need to listen to and explore.

You may feel and tell yourself your stupid, not good enough, you may feel like an alien in this world wondering exactly what you did to feel like this on a daily basis.  You may be holding on to a plethora of emotions that emanate from events long ago or grieving a loved one you can’t let go of; when everyone else says you should be over it by now.  You may just want to die because it seems like the world is a lonely, harsh place that holds no joy for you. You may carry the shame and scars of abuse believing it was somehow your fault.  We are complex creatures who accept responsibility for the many dreadful things that happen to us in the course of our lifetime, it’s very seldom ours to carry but we don’t know how to drop it and begin living. I can help you unload your burden, call me I am a professional who is trained to help you make sense of or deal more effectively with these issues, but more importantly I am a human being who has overcome her own personal issues and wants to extend confidential, non-judgemental warmth, understanding and support. If you would like to discuss your concerns, worries or fears I’m here to help, you don’t have to suffer in silence anymore, please contact me.

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 children, teenagers and 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

Dissociative Identity Disorder Training. DID & Trauma friendly Therapist.

Suicide Awareness
Risk Assessment and Management (DICES)
Mental Health First Aid
Working with Truama (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 psyco-education to adults with eating dissorders and obesity.  I currently work with self and GP referred clients providing short term NHS funded 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

Accredited register membership

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.

Fees

Counselling rates:-




£50 - 50 minute sessions

Home visits can be arranged and fees are negotiable.

Please contact me for further information.

Further information

Working Pattern

Maidstone: Friday & Saturday (Saturday afternoons only 2 - 4pm)

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

Maps & Directions

Maidstone, ME15

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: No

Maidstone practice is unsutiable for anyone with mobility problems

Availability

Availability Maidstone: Friday & Saturday. I try to facilitate times/days that suit you so please call to arrange appointment.

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations