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About me

I am a BACP accredited counsellor, with over 10 years’ experience of bringing a blend of my talking; listening; training; knowledge; authenticity; clarity and compassion to empower adults to overcome challenging times and improve their wellness.  I offer this service by aiming to create a safe, caring and supported environment for you to be able to share something of what is troubling you. I appreciate you might feel nervous and it might help you to know that I am used to helping people that talk to me feel as comfortable as possible.

I use my experience to support adults with:

  1. reactions to potentially traumatic events (you may notice you are not feeling as you did previously before the event)
  2. any types of loss that are both hidden or losses that take centre stage for you but that others in your life may be unaware of (relationships; self-esteem; work-life; financial; house moves; retirement and health to name but a few)
  3. bereavement, grief and mourning (those we care about and pets / animals)

I have experience of supporting emergency service personnel with personal and work related events and specialise in supporting anyone bereaved as a result of a death by suicide.

Apart from talking to me, if you'd like to get a sense of my work and my ideas please click on my social media links.

The starting point is to arrange a time for an initial assessment which will help you decide if you would feel comfortable talking to me and will enable me to discuss how I can help you. You can also ask me any questions you have.

If I can't help you myself I will offer some ideas about other possible support options.

Short term and long term sessions are available subject to clinical need. 

My service is offered in accordance with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA (Hons) in Counselling

Advanced Diploma in Counselling, Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy

Certificate in Trauma-Focused CBT

CPD: NLP Coaching; Acceptance & Commitment Therapy; Trauma Risk Management (TRiM); Peer Support,  Defusing & Demobilising.

Over 10 years of counselling experience as an Integrative practitioner combining psychodynamic; person-centered and cognitive behavioural therapy approaches.  I have worked in a variety of settings.

I currently run psycho-educational wellness talks about Mental Health to organisations having previously provided these for many years.

I am a former Counselling and Wellbeing Manager within policing.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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Assessments £25 and sessions £50 per 50 minute session.

I prefer to book 2 assessment sessions initially as this gives us a chance to meet properly and explore the situation to a greater depth. This also enables you to consider if I am a counsellor you feel comfortable working with.

Concessions available to student therapists.

A therapy plan is agreed with you in advance so you know what you are committing to.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors


From 24th February 2021, I will be available to offer daytimes and some evening appointments on Tues, Weds and Thurs.  I also offer Saturday daytime appointments.

Further information

The office and facilities are located on the ground floor with parking directly outside.

The local station is West Malling with a 20 minute walk or 10 minute bus route.

There is no waiting room so client's are asked to arrive just prior to their appointments.

West Malling

Key details

Sign language
Other languages None
Wheelchair user access

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.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults


Anna Maplesden, MBACP (Accred) Registered Member 82468

Anna Maplesden, MBACP (Accred) Registered Member 82468