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About us

We are an experienced partnership of 24 years. As well as offering counselling for individuals we offer you a uniquely supportive way of working for couples where you will have the benefit of two practitioners attending to your relationship.

What we do

In the course of our lives we periodically experience events that cause us pain and difficulty. Friends and family can be a great source of support though inevitably they will have their own particular perspectives, self interests and limitations. Sometimes we feel unwilling to involve people we know and consequently can feel very alone with our problems.

At such key points it can be useful to get professional, unbiased support... to help you deal with the difficulty and help you identify strengths you never knew you had!  Most people discover that they emerge from their crisis stronger and more resourceful. 

At Cannongate Counselling we can help you with a wide range of life issues such as:

  • Anger management in self and others
  • Loss & bereavement
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Mid-life issues
  • Dealing with stress
  • Low self-esteem
  • Assertiveness without aggression
  • Abuse issues
  • Loss of identity
  • Family issues
  • Retirement
  • Gender identity
  • Career/occupational development
  • Bullying
  • Life coaching

Our work with you will always be respectful, confidential, caring as well as challenging where appropriate. We believe that with professional help our experiences as human beings, especially crises, provide the opportunity to grow stronger. We will help you to understand the meaning of your thoughts and feelings, and to develop your capacity to become resilient and resourceful.

Relationship Issues

We specialise in couple work and offer you the following unique options:

* your choice to work with one of us, either a male or a female practitioner

* your choice to work with us both together. This is usually a faster route since you will have the benefit of two specialists and gain the added value of a male and a female perspective.

* you may choose to see both of us together for the first session and then to choose either to continue with us or go with one of us of your choosing.

We will be guided by what you want informed by our training and experience.

What you can expect from relationship counselling:

  • Resolve conflict
  • Learn new ways to communicate
  • Develop insight into the cause of the difficulty and understand each other
  • Express your feelings in a safe setting
  • Re-establish your couple-life independent of family and life pressures
  • Re-energise your relationship
  • Find new directions and deeper levels of intimacy

Training, qualifications & experience

Whom we are

Penny Graham and Jonathan Freilich are both qualified and accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy; have been practising since the early 90s; are committed to on-going professional development; and bring a broad experience of living and professional development into our work. In addition to a diploma for individual counselling we hold a post-graduate diploma in contextual couple counselling and have been working with couples since 2001. Our approach is broad-based in recognition of the diversity of client needs. The key models that guide our work are:

  • Person centred
  • Psychodynamic
  • Cognitive behavioural
  • Systemic
  • Gestalt
  • Transactional analysis
  • Developmental psychology

Member organisations *

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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.

We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology


Additional information

What we charge

Our standard costs are £45 for individuals and £55 - £90 for couples. Since we see clients from different financial circumstances our fees will vary. We offer concessionary discounts to:

  • Students
  • The unemployed and people in receipt of benefit
  • The retired

If you do not fit into any of these categories and wish to use our services then please talk to us and we will do our very best to meet your needs that fits reasonably with ours.

Further information

How long are the sessions?

Each session will typically last for 50-60 minutes unless otherwise arranged.  The frequency of sessions and duration of the work are different for each client and we will discuss this at the first session.  Again our aim is to meet your needs and to adjust our working style to fit with you. 

Within that aim we adhere to the Ethical Framework of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.  This means that ethical and safe practice is of paramount importance to achieve the highest standard of practice.

We offer short and long term counselling and there is no standard minimum or maximum number of sessions.  We will discuss this at the first session and set a structure in accordance with your needs.

Free initial consultation

If you would like to talk to us before making an appointment we will be happy to talk to you, either face to face or on the telephone, for up to 30 minutes.

Where are we?

Cannongate Counselling is situated 5 minutes from the town centre of Hythe.  There are frequent bus services within minutes of the practice. Additionally, there is free parking in the area at all times.

For further information about us please visit our website: www.cannongatecounselling.co.uk

Professional membership

We are members of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and as such abide by their Ethical Framework of Practice and Conduct.

Osborne House
3-5 Portland Road
CT21 6EG

Type of session

In person
Cannongate Counselling - Jonathan Freilich, MBACP Accredited/Registered

Cannongate Counselling - Jonathan Freilich, MBACP Accredited/Registered