Dawn Weeks - Qualified Integrative Counsellor - Registered Member BACP
Who I support:
Life can feel challenging and difficult for all sorts of reasons at different times in our lives and right now the added pressures of the current situation is affecting people of all ages in some way, many who feel ordinarily are able to cope with life difficulties find they are struggling with anxiety and loneliness or issues that have been ongoing are becoming more difficult to cope with. Finding a way to get help and support while we are unable to meet face to face need not be a barrier as we're all discovering other ways to find the help we need. In response to my clients needs I now offer a range of alternatives where clients can continue to feel connected and supported via Telephone, Online and also outdoor Walk and Talk sessions to my clients. These alternative ways to support my clients has proven to be a real and effective way to continue to offer counselling that can be flexible to the needs of all clients. I continue to provide an opportunity for Adults, Young People and Children to explore a range of personal problems, emotional and mental health issues, as well as personal relationships and family relationship difficulties.
How I may help you:
I aim is to proved all clients regardless of age the help and support they need in a way that is as flexible and adaptable as possible to their individual needs. If you've been struggling or feeling overwhelmed with long term emotional issues, or the impact of current life events or problems which you feel have become too much to cope with alone, I offer a calm and caring space which will support you to feel able to share what troubles you. Regardless of how we meet, care is always taken to provide you the confidence and confidentiality, to express your difficulties, feel supported and safe to explore the issues you are facing, as we work together to find better ways for you to cope and help you find a way through problems.
I understand that finding a Counsellor that may best support you, or perhaps someone you care for, can feel difficult and confusing. To help you, I am happy to answer any queries and questions you may have about my Therapy by telephone or email were we can talk through what you need and hope to achieve from your counselling and together decide if I can offer the help you need. From there you can decide to arrange your first appointment and discuss the range of options of how you would like to take your session which are: Telephone, Online or Walk and Talk therapy. If you prefer, I can offer a brief 25 minute initial assessment appointment, to enable us to look at your initial needs.
People I work with:
Adults:Therapeutic counselling for Adults with a range of emotional and mental health difficulties and support of relationship issues that may be impacting your life. Counselling for many people can be a first step to find support and help with many challenges in life and an opportunity to find personal and emotional change, to feel able to work through your difficulties and find a brighter outlook on life and the future.
Children and Young People: If you are seeking support for a Child or Young Person or you are a Young person seeking support for yourself, please call or email so I may answer any questions you have and discuss your needs and concerns.
I offer therapeutic counselling and Play Therapy to children ages 5 to 11 for a range of childhood emotional, and psychological issues and difficulties.
Additionally, I also offer therapy for ages 11 to 18 offering support in a broad range of relational, emotional, and psychological difficulties affecting the teenage and young adult experiences.
Type of Therapy I offer:
Recognising you as individual with your own personal perspective and experience of life is an important part of your counselling. Integrative counselling is a style of therapy which applies and combines different models and approaches of therapy, to your specific areas of need and difficulty, helping you to find understanding in a way which may best support you.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB- Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling.
Full Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapist. (MBACP)
I have a broad range of therapeutic counselling experience over several years working with adults, young people and children.
Adult work: Providing generic therapeutic counselling in private practice and within a range of settings in family support agencies in Canterbury, Thanet, and South East Kent. Support of personal, emotional, and mental health difficulty, personal relationships, family relationships, child, and parenting relationship problems.
My work with young people and children offers therapeutic counselling and play therapy to a wide age range from Age 5 to 18 years. Using play therapy encourages children to work through issues in a safe environment and direct their own therapy through play. This way they can express how they are feeling, be comfortable and under no pressure.
I have worked for several years in various primary and secondary schools, family support agencies and Youth Centre’s throughout Canterbury, Thanet and South East Kent.
Continued Professional Training
I continue to regularly attend training and workshops to keep up to date with new developments and enhance and inform all areas of my practice.
Some of these include:
Trauma, Bereavement, Couple Counselling, CBT with humanistic Slant for Depression & Anxiety, Working with Groups, Narrative Therapy, Anger& Rage, Domestic Abuse, FGM awareness, Working with Children 4 to 18, Play Therapy, Working with Adolescence, Child to Parent Domestic Abuse, Self-Harm, Resilience, Cohesive Controlled Relationships, Gangs, Child Exploitation,Safeguarding, GDPR, Confidentiality in Practice,Prevent.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Family Relationships-Child Parent Relationships-Parent Child Relationships
Brief Telephone Assessment: Free
In person Initial assessment 25 mins £20.00
Adult - 50 mins £40.00
Young Person - age 11 to 18 -50 mins £40.00
Children - age 5 to 11 = up to 45 mins £35.00
Parent and Child/ Young Person 50 mins £60.00
All counselling sessions are offered via :Telephone, Facetime, Zoom and also Walk and Talk is available.
Concessions offered for
In the current uncertain circumstances where many of us are unable to meet face to face, Online and Telephone counselling has become a real alternative and successful way to find the counselling support you need. I am now also offering Walk and Talk therapy sessions where possible, to those who would still like to meet in person. This has proven to be a really great way to meet safely and in line with the current restrictions of social distancing. These sessions are open to adult clients only and are suitable for those who feel able to walk for the duration of their session. The additional benefits of Walk and Talk therapy are to be able to find the therapeutic affects of being in the fresh air and our outdoor environment while also the physical benefits of gentle exercise. If you would like to discuss this or any of the other therapy options please feel able to email or call to discuss this further.