About me

COUNSELLOR/PSYCHOTHERAPIST BASED IN MEDWAY- OFFERING ONLINE, TELEPHONE AND FACE TO FACE SESSIONS.

Everyday tasks or life can feel like a struggle when we are feeling sad, stressed or experiencing depression. Managing emotions or interacting with people may have never been a problem in the past but now, is the thought of socialising or telling others how you feel causing you Anxiety? Do you feel that no matter how much you try there’s no hope? Through therapy, we can explore together for the answers you may need to overcome these issues.

I specialise in helping you understand your behaviour patterns that may impact your day to day functioning and/or relationships. These patterns of behaviour could be from situations you experienced in the past or are currently experiencing.

I run my Practice in the central location of historic Rochester.

I offer a confidential and safe space where you can just be who you want to be, without being judged. I work in a collaborative way to ensure your needs are kept at the heart of the therapy. I focus on what you want to achieve from therapy, not what others may be expecting of you. Valuing, respecting and honouring each persons' individuality, I believe is key.

I am a member of the BACP and I abide by their code of ethics and good practice.

I believe our therapeutic relationship doesn't just start in the therapy room; it starts from the moment you think about seeking therapy and when you consider what type of therapist you're looking for.  I offer a free 20 minute phone call should you need to ask any me any questions about my services.

Are you ready to start your therapeutic journey?

Training, qualifications & experience

I am currently the NHS Psychological Therapies Manager for the mental health charity MIND, based in North Kent. Over the years, I have been involved in and also led projects at North Kent Mind, such as Covid Response, and a womens peer support group project called The Circle.

The Circle project was created to support women over 45 who were disadvantaged, lonely, and isolated. Working with women with multiple disadvantages; mental health problems, homelessness, substance misuse, abuse and violence, offending, family breakdown or a combination of lower level issues.

I started off as a Counsellor at North Kent Mind and then worked my way up and through the services; working with clients experiencing Anxiety, General anxiety disorder, family issues, depression, suicidal thoughts, trauma, panic disorder and phobias. 

I volunteered as a Counsellor for the organisation Pathways to Independence who work with vulnerable, single homeless people who have additional support needs; they may be recovering from substance misuse, suffering from mental health problems or have committed offences and are homeless because they have spent some time in prison. I have a strong relationship with this organisation and have gained great experience in how to work therapeutically with clients suffering from general anxiety disorder, substance misuse, sexual and domestic abuse, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, trauma, isolation, and dual diagnosis.  I started this work back in 2018 and still offer my voluntary services when I can.

I enjoy giving back to my local community so where possible I offer voluntary 6 weeks free therapy to those in need.

During my training days, I was a Counsellor for the organisation Emmaus Medway- a charity for people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion. My time with Emmaus was very valuable for my learning. I had the opportunity to work with clients with various needs such as Learning Difficulties, Behavioural Problems, and on the Autistic Spectrum. Whilst working with this agency I was able to broaden my knowledge in a number of therapies such as Gestalt Therapy, Person Centred, Motivational Interviewing, TA, Inner Child Work, and CBT.

Registered Member of the BACP
CPCAB Level 5 Diploma is Psychotherapeutic Counselling with Children and Young People.
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Humanistic Route.
CPCAB Level 3 Counselling Studies
CPCAB Level 2 Counselling Skills

Further Training

Safe Guarding of Vulnerable Adults
ASIST- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Challenging Behaviour
Trauma and Brain Plasticity
PREVENT - safeguarding vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves.
Gender Awareness
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Mental Health First Aid
3 day training course with North Kent Mind - Social Inclusion, Mental Health Awareness, Mental Health Law.
Suicide Awareness and Prevention
Womens Peer Support Training - delivered by AVA Training (Against Violence and Abuse)
Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty

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 offer Bilingual Counselling and speak fluent in Punjabi, Hindi and Urdu. I have experience in working with sensitive issues such as Cultural Conditioning, Arranged Marriages, Conflict of Religious or Cultural Beliefs, Homosexuality, Mental Health Stigma, Cultural Abuse.

Fees

From £40.00 to £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers

Additional information

Free 30 minute Telephone Consultation.

Assessments - £65 These last up to 1-2 hours

Counselling sessions - £50 per 60 minute session.

Concession Rates: £40 These rates are for low earners, unemployed, students and retired clients. These rates are only available before 4pm and are subject to availability.

Telephone Counselling £45 per 60 minute session.

Availability

Weekdays and Evenings

Further information

There are regular bus and train services to Rochester and numerous public car parks nearby that operate on a pay and display basis.

Cheldgate House is the Strood end of Rochester High Street, and is on the right hand side (towards the Strood direction) past Costa Coffee and Simply Italian; look out for Evergreen Residential Property Services signs (green and white) in the windows as this business occupies the ground floor.

When arriving at Cheldgate House please press the buzzer for Suite 10. Please note,  Suite 10 is on the second floor and there are two flights of stairs to the therapy room

Cheldgate House has waiting areas, a coffee machine and toilet facilities.

Cheldgate House
45 High Street
Rochester
Kent
ME1 1LP

Medway
ME2

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Counselling Room is on second floor of building.

Additional languages

Punjabi
Urdu

Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom