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About me

During these very unsettled times anxiety/panic/depression and thoughts of suicide or self harm will be affecting more people than usual. If you have fears are alone or just need someone to talk to about how you feel please make contact.

The stress that comes with being isolated with family members can be very difficult, if you are struggling at all with any issues please call me.

If you would like an appointment with me I am offering zoom (an encrypted version of skype) and socially distanced walk and talk sessions. Payment would be made directly into my business account at least 24 hours prior to your appointment time.

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

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

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.

Maidstone
Kent
ME15

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Maidstone practice is unsutiable for anyone with mobility problems

Availability

Availability: Internet and socially distanced walk/talk sessions times to suit where possible.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Alexandra Pomeroy MBACP (Registered) Couns Dip.

Alexandra Pomeroy MBACP (Registered) Couns Dip.