Cesare Saguato Registered Member BACP - Counselling, Mindfulness and Supervision
What is Counselling and how can it help?
Whoever we are and no matter what stage of life we find our self at, there will sometimes be problems, difficulties and challenges. Either due to certain situations, how we are thinking and feeling or quite often due to how our situation and state of mind are influencing each other.
At times, our situation, thoughts and emotions can feel intense or overwhelming due to our past or recent experiences and how we relate to them. Maybe our emotional world feels numb or blocked, perhaps there is confusion, a lack of meaning and direction in our life or concerns about the past or future. During such times it can be difficult to see a clear way through our experience.
If we have support from friends and family, it isn't always easy to share the full extent of our concerns with them. Indeed, our relationships (or lack of relationship) with our family, our partner, friends, colleagues and even with our-self, can be where we are experiencing the problems and difficulties.
How can I help you?
I believe that ultimately you are the expert on you, however I can provide an accepting, non-judgemental, empathic, safe and confidential space for you to explore your life situation and yourself.
Helping you bring more awareness, clarity and kindness to your experience, we can then explore your choices, what changes you can make and what strategies you can use to help move forward in a way that is most useful for you in your life at this time.
My past experience, integrative training and continuing professional development, provide me with the flexibility to draw on a number of theories and approaches including, Person Centred, Relational, Existential, Psychodynamic, Cognitive, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness Based Approaches to match what best serves you.
Whether you are looking to make defined and definite changes in your life or are less clear about your current experience and would like a more open exploration, the style, structure and pace of the sessions follow your needs.
What is Mindfulness and how can it help?
Mindfulness practice has benefited people for more than 2,500 years. Over the past 35 years these methods which originated in the meditation traditions of the East, have been developed into training courses in the West, often bringing them together with understandings from western psychology. These courses, commonly delivered over eight weeks, have since helped tens of thousands of people around the world relate differently to stress, chronic pain or illness, anxiety, addiction, depression and quite simply, the experience of being a human alive on the planet today.
Mindfulness methods and these courses have and continue to be researched at a high level and there is a solid and growing evidence base demonstrating the effectiveness of mindfulness in these areas and beyond, resulting in mindfulness being recommended and applied in mental health, education, the criminal justice system and the work place.
So what's it all about?
Training in mindfulness is like going to the gym, but for your mind instead of your body. In essence it is a training in learning how to simply be again, a coming home to our sense of embodied present-moment experience with a non-judgemental, all-embracing kind awareness. This is done by learning and practising a number of mindfulness meditation methods alongside innovative positive psychology techniques in a structured and sequenced way over a period of time. Mindfulness practice has been demonstrated to change the brain by slowly re-wiring neurons to help integrate a more mindful way of being into everyday life for the practitioner's benefit and the benefit of others.
Training in Mindfulness also helps us recognise our mind's habits, slowly freeing us from counter-productive habitual patterns by letting them go or transforming them by acting in a way that is wiser, kinder or more creative for ourselves and others in the moment. We begin to realise that our reality is to a large extent an interpretation of events based on the mind's habits and our current mood, which in turn opens up more space, more possibility and more freedom in our experience for transformation.
Mindfulness lets us recognise the gap between our thoughts, feelings, sensations and our awareness of them, providing us with the choice to respond rather than react or perhaps realise that no response is necessary. Instead we may choose to simply be, relaxing in awareness as our thoughts, feelings and sensations come and go like clouds in the sky-like nature of our mind.
Mindfulness is a life-skill that anyone can benefit from connecting with and training in and those benefits permeate the life of the individual because we take our mind wherever we go: when on our own, in our relationships and in the work place.
Benefits of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a natural ability we all have but with practice we can strengthen that ability and draw out its many benefits including:
- A deeper sense of connection with yourself
- More self-awareness
- Better self-care
- Improved way of relating to your thoughts, feelings and sensations
- Improved self-confidence
- Improved relationships
- Increased sense of appreciation and gratitude for life
- Reduced stress levels
- Reduced anxiety
- Reduction in depressive relapse
- Builds resilience for demanding and stressful situations
- Increased feelings of well-being
- Supports physical health
- Helps manage physical pain
- Improved ability to focus and concentrate
- Increased creativity
- Increased productivity
- Better communication
- Better decision making abilities
How can I help you?
I offer one-to-one and group eight week mindfulness courses, as well as taster sessions, workshops, refreshers, retreats and bespoke courses and training for organisations, for those who would like to fully explore the benefits of mindfulness in their personal and/or professional life, through a tried and tested structured programme.
I have been practising and exploring mindfulness meditation and applying it in my life since 2007 through the Buddhist contemplative tradition and additionally through the secular mindfulness movement. I therefore deliver mindfulness training from the inside out, based on direct experience and familiarisation with the practice. I continue to receive instructions from international mindfulness and meditation teachers and put those instructions into practice in my daily life and in retreat contexts.
Qualified, registered, insured and professional.
I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor and I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), the largest professional organisation which represents Counselling and Psychotherapy in the United Kingdom. I adhere to the professional and ethical guidelines (www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework) as set out by the BACP and I am fully insured.
I work out of a professional Counselling and Therapy Centre in Medway, St. Barnabas House (www.stbarnabashouse.co.uk). The centre offers a quiet, comfortable atmosphere and is easily accessible by car (with parking close by), bus or train.
If you are unable to physically attend the Centre, I offer sessions via video link up using via the Zoom platform.
If you have any questions or would like to make an inquiry, then please do feel free to get in touch and call me on 07766720702, leave a message or email me by using the above "Email me" button at the top of this page. I will be happy to speak with you and answer your questions. I endeavour to reply to you at my next available opportunity, usually within 24 hours. Giving me a call and making an inquiry doesn't oblige you to book an appointment in any way.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and qualifications
I have a Certificate in Counselling Skills and a Diploma in Integrative Counselling which provides me with the flexibility to draw on a number of theories and approaches best suited to your needs.
My training as a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor was within the Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust (www.inter-psyche.co.uk). The course was fully Accredited by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), the largest professional organisation which represents Counselling and Psychotherapy in the United Kingdom (www.bacp.co.uk).
I am currently in training with Bedonwell Training (www.bedonwelltraining.co.uk) on their Individual and Group Clinical Counselling Supervision Diploma.
In addition to this I have also undergone training with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, which is an international centre of excellence within Oxford University's Department of Psychiatry (www.oxfordmindfulness.org), completing a Teacher Training Retreat in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). This training supplemented my long-term personal interest and practice in mindfulness as well as my professional tool kit as a counsellor. Research demonstrates its usefulness in helping with a number of problems including stress, anxiety and depression.
I am listed on the British Association for Mindfulness Based Approaches (www.bamba.org.uk/teacher-search), a regulated directory of training organisations and teachers who adhere to the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers Good Practice Guidelines. It requires teachers to be suitably trained, committed to continuous professional development, hold appropriate insurance and receive supervision for their teaching.
I am a qualified Clinical Mindfulness Supervisor through The Mindfulness Network.
My previous professional training was a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the University College London: Institute of Education, University of London.
My undergraduate studies were in Philosophy, BA (Hons) at King's College, University of London.
- Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision - Ongoing (Bedonwell Training)
- Certificate in Mindfulness Supervision (The Mindfulness Network)
- Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (Sussex Mindfulness Centre NHS)
- .b Foundation Training (Mindfulness in Schools Project)
- 1 week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Teacher Training Retreat Certificate (Oxford University, Oxford Mindfulness Centre)
- 8 week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Course Certificate (London Meditate)
- NHS Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP)
- CPD in Drug and Alcohol Awareness (RAPt)
- CPD in 12 Step Awareness (RAPt)
- CPD in Group Facilitation Skills (RAPt)
- CPD in Motivational Enhancement Therapy (RAPt)
- Certificate in Mentoring (University of Greenwich)
- NHS Certificate in Counselling Skills (BACP)
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Institute of Education, University of London)
- BA Honours in Western Philosophy (King's College, University of London)
- Advanced Level Certificate in Psychology (AQA)
Previously I worked in the field of Education, Training and Employability Skills, initially as a Secondary School Teacher and then within the Prison System as a Career Advisor, Tutor, Team Leader, Mentor and in Management.
Before working full-time in private practice I worked in the field of Addiction with a range of male and female clients and am therefore able to support those struggling with addictive behaviour or those effected by such behaviour. I am familiar with 12 Step work and the Fellowships.
I have also worked as a Counsellor at a local College with teenagers and young adults and am familiar with working with the struggles experienced during an intense, pressurised and confusing time in life within a world and future that can look uncertain.
I set up and have been facilitating a weekly not-for-profit Mindfulness Meditation group since 2013 in a voluntary capacity and have been receiving guidance and instruction in Mindfulness Meditation from international teachers since 2008.
As well as working in private practice and running my own mindfulness courses and workshops (www.cesaremindfultherapy.com) I am also a Mindfulness Teacher with Tenterden Mindfulness Group (www.tenterdenmindfulness.co.uk), delivering mindfulness courses to NHS Primary Care staff and a Mindful Running Coach with RUN:ZEN (www.runzen.co.uk), delivering mindful running workshops and training to the public and in organisations.
Having worked with both male and female adults and teenagers within prisons, colleges and in private practice I have experience with a number of problems and difficulties including, but not exclusively, those that are relating to:
Work and career
Loss of meaning in life
Loss of direction in life
Changes and transitions in life
If you have any questions or would like to make an inquiry, then please do feel free to get in touch and call me on 07766720702, leave a message or email me by using the above "Email me" button. I will be happy to speak with you and answer your questions. I endeavour to reply to you at my next available opportunity, usually within 24 hours. Giving me a call and making an inquiry doesn't oblige you to book an appointment in any way.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees are set at £45 per 50 minute session and payment is made prior to the initial session and then at the end of each subsequent session.
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50 minute therapy session - £45:
Concessions are offered if you are on a low income, currently out of work or a student, providing I currently have low fee spaces available at the time. If you are in one of those situations, then please do get in touch to find out if I can offer you a space, thank you.
Fees depend on the type of work, 1:1 sessions, group or bespoke training days in mindfulness, so please do get in touch to find out more, thank you.
Please see here for current upcoming public mindfulness events and courses:
Clinical Supervision (Counselling)
I offer individual and group supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists as well as staffing bodies in organisations who's work either requires or would benefit from the support and holding space of the group supervision process.
I have 5 years of experience in peer supervision and am currently studying a Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision with Bedonwell Training (www.bedonwelltraining.co.uk) which closely follows the BACP recommended curriculum, standards and requirements for supervision training (www.bacp.co.uk/media/2044/bacp-counselling-supervision-training-curriculum.pdf)
1:1 Supervision - Throughout the duration of my training I am happy to offer concessions for 1:1 Supervision at £35 per 50 minute session or what you can afford closest to the suggested fee.
Group Supervision - Throughout the duration of my training I am happy to offer concessions for Group Supervision. The fee will be dependent on the specific arrangement, so please do get in touch to find out more.
Clinical Supervision (Mindfulness)
Having gained an appropriate level of experience in teaching mindfulness and trained in Mindfulness Supervision with the Mindfulness Network (www.mindfulness-network.org), I offer 1:1 Mindfulness Supervision sessions for practitioners of Mindfulness Based Interventions in accordance with the good practice guidelines of the British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA) (www.bamba.org.uk/teachers/good-practice-guidelines).
£50 per 60 minute session.
Please do get in touch to find out more.