Craig Abex (MBPsS)
I offer long-term and short-term therapy in Faversham and River, Dover. Over the years, I have helped support people who were experiencing present difficulties, future worries, or concerns about their past. Our past, present, and future all play a significant part in everyday life, and I have helped many people find a way forward, bringing them closer to their values. Some of the work my clients and I have done together include; overcoming depression, reducing anxiety, managing panic attacks, helping to increase a sense of self-awareness and identity, processing difficulties from the past, helping to understand themselves, working with trauma, increasing confidence, and enhancing overall well-being.
Navigating your way through the huge amount of psychological therapists can sometimes add more stress and confusion. And adding to that confusion is that there are so many different ways therapists can work! However, the most important thing for you is to pick someone who you feel drawn to, the relationship between the therapist and client is essential in therapy, therefore, making sure you have chosen someone who you feel open to work with is the first – and most important – step. As such, if you have made it this far down my bio, then there is a chance that something has kept you reading, so below I have added some question-and-answer information that will give you a clearer sense of me, and the way I work – hopefully assisting you in making a more informed decision. Alternatively, if something is not feeling right, and you’re not too sure about whether to continue reading, that is perfectly okay and might mean that what you’re looking for can only be found on another therapists profile. If this is the case, then please continue your search, and I wish you the very best of luck.
What is your background?
I completed my undergraduate psychology degree in 2016. It is through this journey I realised I wanted to dedicate my career to understanding the mind, and supporting people. After graduating, I worked as part of a project called Partners Access to Perinatal Advice and Support (PAPAS). This specialised in supporting males with mental health difficulties who have newborn babies. This was a hugely rewarding part of my career and helped me transition to join another service, where I supported women with perinatal depression. At the same time I was also an Early Intervention Support Worker, where I would travel to schools and help children and adolescents who were experiencing significant mental health difficulties.
In early 2017 I began work with the Tavistock Centre in London as a Group Facilitator where I would run therapeutic groups of up to four couples. The groups aimed to work with couples in distress who have children, to develop a healthier parent-child relationship, and mitigate any distress to the child.
In mid-2017, I joined a team of therapists in an NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service. I have accrued over 1000 hours of clinical work in both short-term and long-term cases. I currently run a community counselling service where I manage a team of trainee therapists. Additionally, I am also completing my Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Integrative Psychotherapy, which means I am technically still in training. For some this can be a concern and might bring up some questions: what if he is not experienced enough? Wouldn’t an older therapist be better? These types of questions are understandable. However, being enrolled on a post-graduation course means that I have access to all the new research and findings that inform clinical practice; with the added benefit of my training being up-to-date and fresh. Furthermore, I am supported by a team of established therapists, doctors, and supervisors who ensure that I maintain a high ethical standard of practice. Finally, being at this stage of my career means my clinical work benefits from passion, enthusiasm, and dedication which, for some older, and more experienced therapists, can be challenging to maintain.
So, your approach is ‘Integrative’, what does that mean?
Working as an Integrative therapist means that I believe there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to therapy. Therefore, I will integrate many different theoretical concepts and therapeutic ideas to support me in understanding you. This helps me to tailor my work to each individual client to best fit with your presenting needs. Some of the models I draw on include; Somatic Psychology (working with the mind-body connection), the Relational Model (uses the therapeutic relationship), Trauma-Focused Models (exploring difficulties through a ‘trauma lens’), Developmental models (considers your childhood experiences), Psychodynamic models (explores your unconscious processes), and Neurobiological models (deals with how the mind and body react to stressful situations, and how to work with them).
What is different about a Counselling Psychologist?
Counselling psychologists are trained to doctorate level over a period of eight years: a three year undergraduate psychology degree and five year postgraduate studying. It is specialised training that works towards the development of “scientist-practitioner”. The in-depth study of therapeutic models equips candidates to draw upon, critique, and utilise their learning when working with clients to ‘carve out’ the most appropriate treatment.
What is it like to work with you?
I am proud to work in a way where my approach is tailored to your individual needs. My stance as a therapist has been described in the past as empathic, compassionate, mindful, and supportive. I will always do my best to create a confidential, secure, and safe environment where you can talk about your worries, concerns, and personal problems.
What issues do you work with?
- Family and relationship difficulties
- Bereavement and loss
- Anxiety (including panic attacks,)
- Work stress
- Negative thoughts
- PTSD and trauma
- Anger management
- Feeling stuck
- Life crisis
- Long-Term health conditions (COPD, Fibromyalgia, cancer, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, Chronic Pain, and Chronic Fatigue)
- Low self-esteem/low confidence
- Repeating patterns of behaviour
- Difficulties from childhood
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies at Metanoia Institute – Middlesex University (Pending)
- Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institute (Pending)
- Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling at Metanoia Institute (Pending)
- Certificate in CBT for Long Term Persistent & Distressing Health Conditions at Canterbury Christ Church University
- Official Accreditation as a Group Facilitator at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships
- BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Kent
- Therapist with NHS IAPT at Faversham Counselling Service
- Clinical Assessor at IAPT
- Co-Service Lead at Faversham Community Counselling
- IAPT Group Co-ordinator
- IAPT Allocations Co-ordinator
- Family Action and Tavistock Group Facilitator
- Early Intervention Support Worker
- Perinatal Support Worker
Continued Professional Development Training:
- Trauma Masterclass
- Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing
- How to Overcome Obstacles in Mindfulness
- Long Term Health Conditions
- Principles of Trauma-Focused Therapy: Working Towards Restoration and Repair
Membership of Professional Organisations
- Registered Trainee Member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Individual Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS – MBPsS)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
If you are interested in us working together, please feel free to call or email me. From here we can arrange a free 20-min telephone consultation; please note there is no obligation to attend therapy with me after. This is an opportunity for you to speak with me, for me to get a little information on what you would like support with, and to determine if I am the right person to offer that support.
If we agree to move forward, then an initial assessment is £35 which is a 60 minute appointment. After this, each session will run for 50 minutes and cost £45.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
River: Tuesday & Friday availability
Faversham: Wednesday & Thursday (late afternoon and early evening slots)
Types of client