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Bally Jassal - MBACP

Rochester ME1 & Medway ME2
07928 768868 07928 768868

About me

QUALIFIED COUNSELLOR BASED IN MEDWAY- ONLINE, TELEPHONE AND FACE TO FACE COUNSELLING

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 counselling, we can explore together for the answers you may need to overcome these issues.

I specialise in understanding behaviour patterns that impact our day to day functioning and relationships when we experience difficult times or situations in our life.

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

I offer a confidential and safe space so 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 counselling, not what others may be expecting of you. Valuing, respecting and honouring each person’s individuality, I feel is key.

I am a member of the BACP and I abide by their Code of Ethics and Code of Practice.

I believe our counselling relationship doesn't just start in the counselling room; it starts from the moment you think about having counselling and when you consider what type of counsellor it is you are looking for. To know more about my services, I offer a free 30 minute phone consultation to answer any questions you may have and discuss any concerns.

Are you ready to start your counselling journey?

Training, qualifications & experience

As well as having my own Practice, I currently work at North Kent Mind as a Project Coordinator and Facilitator of a Womens peer support group called The Circle. This is a project for women over 45 who are 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 am also a counsellor for North Kent Minds Low Cost Counselling Service and have been with them for over a year. During my time with MIND I have gained further experience in working with clients that have suffered from a range of mental health problems such as: Anxiety, General anxiety disorder, family issues, depression, suicidal thoughts, trauma, panic disorder and phobias.

Since October 2018 I have been a Volunteer 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.

During my training, 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 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 Deprevation 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.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

Free 30 minute Telephone Consultation.

Assessments - £60 These last up to 1 hour 30 minutes)

Counselling sessions - £40 per 60 minute session.

Concession Rates: £30-35. These rates are for low earners, unemployed, students and retired clients. These rates are only available within the day and are subject to availability.

Telephone Counselling £35 per 60 minute session.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income

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.

Medway
ME2

Cheldgate House
45 High Street
Rochester
Kent
ME1 1LP

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu

Accessibility

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.

Wheelchair user access

Counselling Room is on second floor of building.

Availability

Weekdays and Evenings

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Bally Jassal - MBACP

Bally Jassal - MBACP