Life is so precious. You are so precious. Life is so fleeting. Authentic joy is our birthright but as I too have experienced, we often we feel far away from this place.
I offer effective LGBTQ+ affirmative counselling support to men and women who are feeling lost, low or lacklustre - this can comprise a whole range of struggles and issues. Working together, I will support and empower you to find out what it is that you are looking for from counselling, and what you might need, so you can find steps forward in your life that you can truly call your own.
Areas that I have experience in supporting clients:
- Low mood
- Dissatisfaction with life: career, relationship, goals, self
- Lack of confidence
- The feeling of generally not being sure of what to do
- Unhappy with appearance, body image, life choices...
- Generally feeling unhappy but not sure why
- Confusion about sexuality
- Difficulty in, or fear about coming out
- Shame (which can be shame of many many things - see my website)
- Sense of Inadequacy
- Academic worries
- Career pressure
- Feeling like we are not enough: good enough, big enough, small enough, capable enough, beautiful enough, intelligent enough, rich enough, successful enough (you can insert your own word here)
- Behaviours that we are having difficulty in trying to stop
- Career Stress
- Addictive/compulsive behaviours
- Relationship problems and difficulty connecting with others
- Secrets that are causing us anxiety
- Navigating our way through parental disapproval
Face to face and Online
I am a fully qualified and insured counsellor registered with the BACP. I run the counselling shed, which is based in a discrete location between Faversham and Canterbury in Kent. I work face to face and online - so I can also see clients that are not local to Kent. Please take a look a my websites for further information:
Appointments are offered daytime or evening subject to availability. If you feel that I might be able to support you then feel free to call me for a no obligation 10-15 minute chat: we can then work out a best way forward.
Types of Clients
I offer effective counselling support to men and women who are feeling lost, low or lacklustre and I help them to achieve authentic direction and joy in their lives, and to be clear, when I say ‘men and women’, I mean heterosexual, lesbian, gay and bisexual men and women, and individuals who are confused and/or are unsure of their sexuality or gender orientation. In other words, I am LGBTQ+ inclusive and affirmative.
My Training and Approach
I am qualified in person-centered counselling (and 5Rhythms therapeutic movement), which to cut a long story short, means that I believe that the answers you seek ultimately lie within you and not me: working together I will support and empower you to find out what it is that you need so you can find the next steps forward in your life that you can truly call your own. My experience is that most us are tired of being told what to do and/or of meeting the expectations of others, even though when we start to really explore what it is that we are looking for, it can feel unfamiliar and confusing at first.
Using the 5Rhythms Therapeutic Movement map, I also work with clients one-on-one to explore how their struggles and issues are held - and therefore potentially released from - the body: the issues in the tissues. Anyone who is familiar with the book 'The Body Keeps the Score' by Bessel Van Der Kolk will be familiar with this approach. However, unless this approach is specifically requested and discussed beforehand, sessions will remain talk-based.
I trained as a counsellor in mid life after being disillusioned and unhappy in a previous career. I have had my own periods of real struggle and believe that this helps me to be a better and more empathic counsellor. Having worked in Higher Education for a number of years I have experience in supporting students and staff with academic concerns. I have also worked in the UK and overseas in the construction industry and feel that these roles have given me a wide range of experience to draw upon, so as to be able to better support you in my counselling work. Issues such a business stress and/or problematic ways of trying to cope with stress, career dissatisfaction, concerns about performance and progression, homesickness amongst others, are struggles that I would be happy to hear from you about and to support you with.
Taking that first step.
If you are feeling unsure, apprehensive or fearful about the prospect of seeing a counsellor, then you have my full understanding. It is a big and courageous step. Rest assured that I will never ‘make you’ do anything or put demands upon you but I will support you, and sometimes challenge you, so that we can work out what it is that you are looking for. I will respect your decision to disclose as little or as much as your feel comfortable with and I will always put your welfare at the heart of my work.
Do call if you feel that I might be able to support you. I look forward to hearing from you.
Take care, Bradley
Training, qualifications & experience
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- 5RTA Accredited 5Rhythms Teacher Training
- Certificate in Psychosynthesis (Essentials)
- PGCHE - non counselling related
- PhD - non counselling related
- Post Graduate Diploma - non counselling related
- BA (Hons) - non counselling related
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Please see my website for the types of issues that I have experience in supporting.
Concessions offered for
£55 per session.
I have limited number of discounted rate slots for students of counselling and full-time students (evidence will be required) at £45 per session.
I offer a 5% discount for block booking of 6 consecutive sessions and 10% discount for block booking of 10 consecutive sessions. Feel free to call me for a no obligation 10-15 minute chat: we can then work out a best way forward.
Please note that the Counselling Shed is accessed a step and there is no wheelchair accessible WC. If this presents an issue for you then please get in contact to discuss the possibility of other arrangements.
The Counselling Shed has free parking. Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes before your appointment time.