Hello, my name is Cesare and I am a fully qualified and experienced Integrative Counsellor, Mindfulness Teacher and Clinical Supervisor. What this means is that I have training and experience in a number of approaches that enables me to meet the needs of my clients in a flexible and effective way, have a specialism in mindfulness and its applications in mental health and personal well-being and support other therapists in the work they do with their clients.
I am insured and abide by the values, principles and ethics of the professional body I am a registered member of, the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), the largest professional organisation representing Counselling and Psychotherapy in the United Kingdom. I also engage in continual professional development and have regular supervision so that I can support my clients in the most effective ways possible.
I work with adults and enjoy doing so with people from all backgrounds and orientations. I believe that all humans appreciate understanding, kindness and connection, wish to be free from suffering and move towards greater well-being. We may not always know how to do this for ourselves or have the supportive conditions to help us do so, but when those conditions are put in place, then sooner or later movement towards greater well-being will begin to occur. It has been shown that a good, supportive therapeutic relationship and alliance between client and therapist can contribute significantly towards this happening in our lives.
So, 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 healthy relationship) with our family, our partner, friends, colleagues and even with our-self, can be where we are experiencing the problems and difficulties.
Reaching out for help and support isn’t always easy, especially if we are not used to doing so and can be a difficult step in and of itself. However many people like you have taken that step and later thank themselves for having done so. If you are reading this, then I encourage you to take that step and get in touch, either via email or phone by using the contact details on this page and share a little about what it is you are finding difficult and what support you feel you need. I will reply and get back to you, usually within 24 hours on a weekday, via email or we can arrange an informal chat if you prefer, to see what the next step might be.
How can I help you?
I believe that ultimately you are the expert on you, however I provide an open, kind, aware space that is accepting, empathic, safe and confidential to help you explore your life situation and yourself. Helping you bring more awareness, clarity and kindness to your experience, we can then explore what choices and options there are regarding how you relate to your inner and outer worlds, and then see what strategies you can use to help implement those choices in a way that is beneficial to you in your life.
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.
What happens in the first session?
Our first session will give us an opportunity to get to know each other a little, find out more about your needs, what has brought you to therapy and what it is you would like us to initially look at together.
If you have had therapy before, then I would be interested to hear about your past experience, what went well or not so well, for example.
We would also talk over our working agreement, looking at things like confidentiality, ideas and expectations of therapy and practical considerations like how often we plan to meet and when, for example.
We may also get a sense about the work ahead and if it will be shorter-term, more goal orientated work aimed at resolving a few specific issues, what we typically understand as counselling. Or maybe it will be longer-term and slightly deeper work, aimed at resolving more complex and often interrelated issues, what we typically understand as psychotherapy. Although both approaches can have a degree of overlap and lead to a greater sense of personal well-being.
There is no need for you to share everything all at once, anything you are uncomfortable about sharing or discuss anything you don't want to. As a therapist grounded in a person centred approach, I take your lead in terms of what you want to look at and where you want to go. You are invited to share your experience and give feedback about the process whenever you choose to and during times when we review how we feel the work we are doing together is going.
So, 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.
Where do the Counselling sessions take place?
I work out of a professional Counselling and Therapy Centre in Gillingham, St. Barnabas House (www.stbarnabashouse.co.uk). The centre offers a quiet, calm, comfortable atmosphere and is easily accessible by car (with parking close by), bus or train and has wheelchair access and rooms on the ground floor.
I also have access to a therapy room at the Quaker Meeting House in Rochester. The Meeting House has a peaceful atmosphere and is easily accessible by car (with parking close by), bus or train and has wheelchair access.
If you are unable to physically attend in-person or it isn't convenient to do so, I also offer remote sessions online via secure video call and over the phone, although I prefer that we can see each other in-person or via video where possible.
Please feel free to get in touch and find out more or to book an initial session as I will be happy to answer your questions.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and qualifications
I completed my Diploma in Integrative Counselling with Inter-Psyche Training Institute, which is part of the Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust. It 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. The Diploma had a Humanistic, Person Centred, Relational base and also gave consideration to Psychodynamic, Cognitive and Existential models, providing me with the flexibility to draw on a number of theories and approaches best suited to my client's needs.
I am a registered Mindfulness Teacher with the British Association for Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA), having trained to teach with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and other well known mindfulness training organisations. I have extensive experience in the practice and teaching of Mindfulness in the public, private and third sectors, which can help people meet a range of difficulties, including stress, anxiety and depression for example, with more insight and compassion.
I have a Diploma in Individual and Group Clinical Supervision and a Certificate in Mindfulness Supervision, which means I help support other therapists and mindfulness teachers in their work.
- Trained to teach Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (Mindfulness Network)
- Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision (Bedonwell Training)
- Certificate in Mindfulness Supervision (The Mindfulness Network)
- Mindfulness Based Compassionate Living (Sussex Mindfulness Centre, NHS)
- .b Foundation Teacher Training (Mindfulness in Schools Project)
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Teacher Training Retreat Certificate (Oxford University, Oxford Mindfulness Centre)
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Course Certificate (Centre for Mindful Living)
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Inter-Psyche, NHS)
- Drug and Alcohol Awareness (Forward Trust)
- 12 Step Awareness (Forward Trust)
- Group Facilitation Skills (Forward Trust)
- Motivational Enhancement Therapy (Forward Trust)
- Certificate in Mentoring (University of Greenwich)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills (Inter-Psyche, NHS)
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Institute of Education, University of London)
- BA Honours in Western Philosophy (King's College, University of London)
I have been training and working in the field since 2012 and currently work as a counsellor, psychotherapist and supervisor in full time private practice as well as run courses and workshops about Mental Health and Mindfulness. I have experience working as a Counsellor for students in a FE College and in drug and alcohol services within HM’s Prisons and became familiar with 12 Step work associated with the Fellowships. Prior to this I worked in the field of education, training and employability skills with adults and as a secondary school teacher.
As well as working in private practice and running my own mindfulness courses and workshops (www.cesaremindfultherapy.com), I am also an Associate Mindfulness Teacher with Tenterden Mindfulness Group, delivering mindfulness courses to NHS Primary Care staff and co-founder plus Mindful Running Coach with RUN:ZEN (www.runzen.co.uk), delivering mindful running workshops and training to the public and in organisations. My study and practice of mindfulness began in 2008 under the direction of world renowned teachers.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Fees are set at £50 per 50 minute session and payment is made prior to the initial session and then at the end of each subsequent session.
Concessions are offered if you are on a low income, are an OAP, trainee Counsellor or Psychotherapist, keyworker, student or currently unemployed, providing I currently have low fee spaces available at the time. If you are in one of these situations, then please do get in touch to find out if I can offer you a space, because if I can I would like to accommodate you.
Fees depend on the type of work, so please do get in touch to find out more and see my website here: www.cesaremindfultherapy.com/mindfulness, thank you.
I am usually available Monday to Friday, with my first appointment slot open at 9:00 am and last appointment slot at 7:00 pm.
If you are want to find out more about Mindfulness or are interested in doing a Mindfulness course with me, then please do get in touch and see my website here, thank you: