I specialise in helping individuals, couples and families (including LGBTQ) find more satisfying ways of living life whatever your current difficulties may be. Perhaps you feel that your relationship is less than you expect or want but don’t know how to change things. You May feel disconnected from your partner or family, do not communicate like you used to or feel trapped in a relationship and want something to change? Therapy can help you clarify your thoughts and make changes where and when you need to.
When we struggle with our personal relationships other aspects of our lives are affected and we can feel stressed and stuck, physically ill, anxious and depressed. When our mind is in turmoil our body often reacts to let us know something is wrong. Therapy can help you gain clarity of thought and make changes that will improve your sense of well being, your general health and your happiness.
Whether you are feeling desperate, anxious or just need to gather your thoughts, I will provide you with a confidential, non judgemental space to explore ways to improve your relationships, your quality of life and enhance your physical and mental well being.
I have years of experiences helping individuals, couples and family members through difficulties in their lives. We all have the right to be heard regardless of our differences so, irrespective of your age, sexuality, gender, culture or religion, I will give you the time and space to really look at your life and explore how you can improve your health and well being. Many people have changed their lives through therapy so whatever your particular problem contact me, make an appointment and together we will find a way through.
Main Areas of Expertise
- Couples counselling
- Family and Child counselling
- Anxiety and stress
- Depression and Anxiety
- Generalised Anxiety Disorders
- Communication breakdown in relationships
- Affairs and Infidelity
- Separation and Divorce
- Parenting after separation
- Sexuality and sexual problems
- Bereavement and loss
- Life stage changes - for example: retirement/redundancy/mid-life crisis/child birth and parenting
- Anger management
- Lack of trust, jealousy and control in relationships
- Abusive relationships in the home
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Relationship issues including bullying
- Child counselling using Play and Art Therapy techniques
- Disputes around parenting
My training was based on the integration of two main theoretical bases, systemic theory and psychodynamic ideas. I have access to many different theories, ideas and approaches that best fit with the issues you bring. My approach is collaborative and participative which means that we work together using our collective skills, experience and expertise to find a solution that fits best with our own model for life. Together we can look at all the options and negotiate our way through the myriad of thoughts, feelings and beliefs that make up our intimate relationships.
Will Counselling/therapy help?
You will be looking at this page because you want something in your life to change. Change (along with therapy) can be challenging, stressful, frightening as well as exciting, motivating and invigorating. My role in this process is to provide a safe and secure place in which to explore new ground, and to think and talk about changes that need to happen as well as things that do not need to change.
The way we have always coped with stressful situations may have worked really well for us in the past including staying focused, moving on and not looking back. Focusing on the positive and not dwelling on the past may be the most helpful way to cope with many of life’s challenges. However, when it comes to personal relationships the strategies we have always used may not be so helpful. We can feel stuck, not understood or listened to and resentful of our partner of family member. We can feel like we have tried everything, that the world is against us and no one understands. This is where therapy can be very helpful at opening up space for feelings to be aired and emotions to be examined gaining new perspectives and new possibilities.
How long will it take?
This is a good question and one that needs to be asked. My aim in working therapeutically with you is to establish long lasting changes that improve your quality of life for your future happiness. Sometimes a short course of therapy (10 sessions) can make a real difference to a particular area of your life. However, if you have been struggling for some years it may take a while to work through your problems. As we get to know each other and our work begins I will make sure your progress is reviewed regularly so that you are getting the most out of your therapy. I will encourage you to be open about how you are feeling and to give me feedback on your experience so we can make adjustments as the work progresses.
Counselling offers the opportunity to talk and express emotions freely, safe in the knowledge that everything stays confidential.
As a professional counsellor and a Member of The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I keep everything you talk to me about strictly confidential.
However, there are two exceptions to the complete confidentiality I offer, these are that:
Supervision - In line with good practice and under the code of ethics of the BACP I receive regular supervision from an experienced supervisor. My supervisor in turn maintains the same level of confidentiality as myself. I am also a qualified supervisor myself and receive regular training and support in this role too.
Danger of Harm - If I am concerned that you are in danger of harming yourself or someone else (particularly children) I might wish to consult with your GP or another professional for advice, help and support. I will always seek to discuss this with you prior to making a referral but reserve the right to act in the best interests of a child or vulnerable person where I feel it necessary.
If you have any questions that you would like to ask about how this works then we can discuss them in our initial session
Training, qualifications & experience
My formal qualifications include:
BA (Hons) Social and Educational Psychology University of Kent
MSc Occupational Psychology London Metropolitan University
MA (Distinction) Integrative Relationship Therapy University of Hull
Supervision qualification with Robin Shohet and Joan Wilmot at CSTD, London.
I am a member of the Association of Family Conciliation Courts dedicated to the resolution of family conflict.
I formerly lectured at Masters level for the Relate Institute (University of Hull)
I am a qualified and experienced Relate couples and family counsellor and a trainer for Relate Life courses.
I acted as Clinical Lead for the Hearsay Trust for many years helping children and families understand and cope better with disability including autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs), ADHD and Asperger's syndrome.
As a Registered and Accredited member of BACP I adhere to a strict code of ethics and practice.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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Parking and Travel
Free parking is available on Standard Quay which is approximately 15 minutes walk from Faversham train station.
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Concessions offered for
- Sessions are 60 minutes long and charged at £75 per hour
- There is a discounted rate of 10 sessions for the price of 9 payable in advance (£675 for 10 sessions)
- I reserve 2 appointment slots for those on low incomes. These appointments are charged at £30 per hour. Contact me by email for current availability
- I am registered with Aviva, AXA PPI and others as a Registered Provider of Psychotherapy services
I am available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with Fridays reserved for administrative and training purposes. All appointments are available via video or telephone to suit your availability. Evening slots are very popular and there is often a waiting list. Please contact me for current availability.
As soon as your appointment is confirmed payment becomes due. You can pay via BACS/internet banking using your surname as a reference or you can bring cash to the session. I do not currently take card payment.
A P Vincent
Account number 23157910
Sort Code 07-02-46
It is important that you are committed to the therapeutic process and make time for your regular weekly therapy to get the most out of it. If you cannot make a session let me know in advance and I will attempt to find you another time that week. Alternatively, we may be able to conduct the session over the phone or by video link. If you are planning a holiday let me know in advance so I can cancel the sessions. All other cancellations will be charged at the full rate.
I offer appointments on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 8.30am and 9.00pm. Please contact me by phone, email or text to arrange an appointment and to discuss how I might help.
You can contact me by phone, e-mail or text. I am always happy to answer your questions about therapy and to discuss my availability. Please leave a message if I am busy and I will call you back the same day.
I have professional indemnity insurance, an enhanced DBS check, and am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling Practitioners (MBACP).