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About me

I offer professional counselling facing a wide range of personal issues and challenges. I work together with clients to explore thoughts, feelings and patterns which are having a negative impact on their lives.

The purpose of therapy is not to give advice but instead to help you to understand your feelings and behaviour more clearly and, if you wish to, change the patterns or the way you think about things.  I offer a safe, empathic and non-judgemental space to explore your feelings and behaviour in an environment that is confidential and free from intrusion.

My theoretical base is a psychodynamic one so we would explore how past patterns and relationships come to affect your behaviours in the present.  Bringing this to consciousness can help you make decisions as to whether this is something that you wish to continue or wish to let go.  I generally work with clients on a long term and open ended basis, however in some situations brief work is more suited to your needs and we can discuss that in our initial session.  I believe in the individual and will work with you in a way that best suits your needs.

If you would like to explore whether counselling with me would work for you, please contact me and we can arrange an initial 20 minute zoom or telephone call to discuss your needs and whether we think we can work together.

If we decide to proceed, you can see me either face to face in West Malling or via Zoom for a first session.  In this session we will talk in more depth about your history and what brings you to counselling at this time.  Embarking on your counselling journey can feel overwhelming so I believe it is important to have a couple of initial sessions to see if we are a good therapeutic fit.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Safeguarding training - working with children and young adults
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling

I have worked with adults and adolescents in a range of services.  My senior school experience is with Place2Be.

Registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Therapies offered

  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial online session

Additional information

50 minute counselling sessions: Individuals (18+) - £50

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Current availability is Mondays however if this doesn't suit you, please do get in touch.  I have more flexibility for online sessions via Zoom.

West Malling
Kent
ME19

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Key details

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.

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Devon McDonald MBACP

Devon McDonald MBACP