Hello, my name is Antonia and I am a counsellor working in Ashford, Kent. Sessions are currently only held via video or phone call, although I will be keeping this under review.
I would recommend an initial consultation session, to clarify your expectations and goals and to see if you feel that the process is for you. The relationship between a client and a counsellor is absolutely key to the success of therapy, so it’s very important that you feel comfortable with the idea of working with me before you commit to any further sessions. At this first session, we will discuss what you want to address and what has brought you to counselling, and we will work out a plan for how to proceed.
Following this appointment, if you feel you would like to continue counselling, regular sessions can be arranged.
My primary approach is person-centred, which rests on the belief that you, and not the counsellor, are the expert about what you are experiencing. However, I am also happy to integrate other approaches, such as CBT exercises, into our work together, if and when we feel they would be appropriate and helpful. Every client is unique, and therefore every approach needs to be tailored to their individual needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and have completed a CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
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
30 minute initial consultation: £20
50 minute subsequent sessions: £40
There are also some appointments available for those on a lower income at a negotiated lower rate.
Online and telephone sessions currently available.