Annette Lark

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Kent TN2 & Cranbrook TN18
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About me

I have many years of experience counselling individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. I am a fully accredited and registered member of the BACP and hold a Master's Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling ( Level 7) from Reading University, a leader in mental health training.

I have worked within the NHS and private practice, helping adults with a wide range of difficulties, using the psychodynamic approach. This technique illuminates how earlier experiences may have shaped and affected the way we approach life and relationships, helping us to understand ourselves better and find a way forward towards leading a more fulfilled life. It is suitable whether it is a recent problem that brings you to counselling or perhaps earlier life events.

I have also worked as an integrative therapist within a school setting, a charity  and in private practice.  In addition, I have specialist experience in helping people who have experienced addictions or have addiction related problems and have implemented the 12 step programme.

I provide a confidential, supportive and non-judgemental environment to help with a range of difficulties that can arise in life,  such as:

  • stress or anxiety
  • depression or a general feeling of unhappiness
  • relationships (partner, family or workplace)
  • a crisis or life transition
  • loss or bereavement
  • eating disorders
  • bullying or abuse
  • feelings of anger
  • low self worth or confidence
  • addictions or related issues.

My private practice is conveniently located in central Tunbridge Wells on the Pantiles. It is on the Lower Ground Floor of Royal Victoria House and is easily accessible via a lift or stairs, there is plenty of parking close by.  I also practice in Hawkhurst and offer online sessions. I hold an ACTO approved Diploma in Online Counselling, which is an essential qualification in this field. 

What to do next?

Please call or email to arrange an initial consultation. I also offer a free informal telephone discussion to talk about what brings you to counselling.

Telephone: 07502 577397 (this is an answer phone so please leave a message telling me when it will be convenient for me to call you back). 

Training, qualifications & experience

Master's Degree in Counselling (Psychodynamic) - University of Reading.

Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (BACP accredited, Level 7) - University of Reading.

Pre-clinical training in Counselling - University of Reading.

Certificate in Counselling young people. 

Diploma in Online Counselling - ACTO approved. (Association for counselling and therapy online).

I am committed to on-going Continued Professional Development (CPD).

I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£60.00 per session

Additional information

I offer a free initial telephone discussion.

£60 per 50 minute session. The initial consultation also costs £60 and lasts around an hour. 

If you are not earning or are unable to pay the full fee, please call and enquire about the possibility of a reduced fee.  

Further information

I see individuals for an agreed period of time to work on something in particular, or more longer term to work on deeper issues.

If you have a question I have not answered or a problem not featured in my profile page please contact me by phone or via the email button.

Royal Victoria House, 51-55 The Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5TE

Hawkhurst, Cranbrook, Kent, TN18

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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Annette Lark
Annette Lark