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)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Behaviour problems
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I currently have no disabled access but, I am open to discussing counselling at an alternative venue to accomodate wheelchair users.
Flexible hours including evenings and weekends. Please feel free to call, email or text to discuss your requirements.
Types of client