About me

The last two years have brought so many unexpected challenges that still linger and whilst we start to see the light at the end of the tunnel, sometimes being in the tunnel still seems dark and unrelenting. Relationships are harder, your sleep is worse, you miss loved ones and you can feel the usual winter sadness far more acutely this time round. On top of all you’ve managed there may now be fears about what is to come. You may be worrying about financial concerns, family issues or dealing with your own anxiety and low moods day after day.

2021 still doesn't need to be a write-off. You can find a time and space, either in person or via the phone or screen, to explore what’s going on for you and to find your own path forward; maybe feeling lighter and calmer for brighter days to come.

Counselling is more than just talking, it’s more than just exploring your feelings. Counselling is about the relationship. A relationship which is built on a foundation of the right conditions, with the right person. That’s what is on offer, the right conditions and the right person; which will lead us to build a strong therapeutic foundation on which to build our work together- to build ideas and explore feelings in a secure, constructive way.

Being a male counsellor, the offer is perhaps a different one. A different way to express, share and deal with what comes up. I tend not to shy away but go with you, facing whatever comes up without fear.

Area's of specialism include depression, anxiety, stress, disability, autism and neuro-diversity, being male, suicide- ideation and survival.

I only work with adults aged 20 and over. 

Training, qualifications & experience

My entire career has been about helping others and has worked therapeutically for more than ten years. Most recently I have spent two years as a volunteer counsellor for a local charity.

  • CPCAB Counselling Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CBCAP Counselling Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • ABC Counselling Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts
  • 2.1 BA Hons International Communication
  • Equality and Diversity Certificate Level 3
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Emotional Resilience
  • Self harm and suicide
  • Self harm - young people
  • Life Story Work
  • Domestic Violence
  • Supporting mental health
  • Child and Adolescent Emotional Well-being and Difficulties
  • Inevitability of Loss
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • GDPR
  • Prevent
  • NSPCC Child Protection
  • Safeguarding Young People and Vulnerable Adults
  • Safer Care
  • Therapeutic Understanding
  • Mindfulness in the Counselling Environment
  • Autism
  • Safeguarding
  • Speech, Language and Communication
  • Management of Actual or Potential Aggression
  • Child Protection
  • Relational Depth in Counselling
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Safe Handling and Administration of Medication
  • Emotional Attachment
  • Child Development
  • Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Nurturing Emotionally Traumatised Children
  • Radicalisation of Young People
  • Internet Safety
  • Street gangs, sexual exploitation and the internet

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Coronavorus and Covid-19 related issues

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£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information

At the start of the pandemic I reduced my fee, each session is still 20% cheaper than pre-covid.


I have some availability to make a quick start at times throughout the week and weekends; mornings, afternoons and evenings can be accommodated

Further information

Counselling for all of Ashford, Folkestone and surrounding areas at my office.

Counselling for the whole of the UK over zoom or telephone- so if you're in Bristol or Belfast, Manchester on London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Bath or Cambridge- my offer is open to you.

10 Ruffets Wood
TN23 3QQ

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

I have access to a BSL interpreter if this is required

Additional languages


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Darren Sharpe

Darren Sharpe