Brenda Armstrong - Dip. in Therapeutic Counselling; MBACP (Listening 'Ere)
I am a person-centred counsellor based in Gravesend town centre and New Ash Green. I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work within their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
Counselling also known as 'talking therapy' provides the opportunity for you to explore areas of life that may be causing you distress, uncertainty or confusion with a view to developing strategies for coping better. Part of this journey is about exploring your life in an open way - both present and past - in an effort to discover how you would like your life to be in the future. As a counsellor I see my role as walking with you on your journey of discovery and I can offer a confidential; non-judgemental; non-directive; safe environment where you can be....you.
I am obviously a great believer in the counselling profession - having had my own life experiences where I too have called on personal counsellors for support. This has happened on several occasions when I have had to deal with e.g long term relationship breakdown; bereavement/loss and exploring the impact of my childhood on the person I am today.
I have experience of working with adults and young people on issues such as: bereavement/loss; anxiety; depression; stress; domestic abuse; anger; low self-esteem and confidence; divorce/separation and trauma.
The counselling offered can be short or long term with each session being 50 minutes long and held on a regular weekly or fortnightly basis.
'A brilliant experience leaving me in a positive place.'
'The experience was very helpful to me in dealing with my issues.'
'Counselling helped me see within myself, to identify and sort out problems from my past. I identified my 'inner child' and have been able to come forward in a way I could only dream of and never expected to achieve. For this I am eternally grateful.'
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills
Introduction to Counselling Children and Adolescents
Certficate in Youth & Community Work (YMCA National College)
The Power of Choice (VisionWorks for Life)
Introduction to Safeguarding Adults (MCH/NHS)
Understanding Self Harm & Eating Disorder in C&YP (Healthy Teen Minds)
Grief Support for C&YP (6-16yrs) and their Families (Holding on.....Letting Go)
Working with Attachment Theory (January/October 2018)
A New Way of Thinking about Addiction (February 2018)
Working with Personality Disorders (April 2018)
Working with Eating Disorders (July 2018)
Write In - (writing & poetry in therapy) (November 2018)
Working with Trauma (March 2019)
Introduction to Couple Counselling (March 2019)
Understanding and Supporting people with Autism (June 2019)
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
First initial assessment appointment - £30.00
Subsequent 1hr sessions - £40.00
Trainee Rate: £35.00
I am also happy to speak with you on the service I offer before taking up an initial appointment.
By using this webpage I will use your email to respond to any enquiries and to make an initial appointment. In the future I will only use your email to re-schedule planned appointments if I am unable to reach you by telephone/mobile in the first instance.
In my counsellor role I have worked with Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) community members at Rethink BME Sahayak in Gravesend and also at the Wisdom Hospice in Rochester with clients who have been recently bereaved.
I have extensive experience of working with young people in a youth work setting in both Kent and London, and more recently have begun to offer counselling to young people referred to a youth project in Gravesend.