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About me

Have you wanted to address your problems for a while but felt unsure about taking that first step? I will work with you at your own pace, creating a safe and confidential environment in which we can work through the issues you are facing.

I started on my journey of Hypnotherapy and Therapeutic Counseling 12 years ago, searching for something missing from my life. As a child and to early adulthood my life seemed a long road of disappointments from negative experiences but coming though the other side.

I wanted to share my experiences in helping others to move forward in positive directions and exchanging energies from negative to positive and diminishing stress away from our lives in a healthy effective way.

Getting to the root of the cause to treat the symptoms in a non-threatening way rather than masking and treating with unhealthy coping mechanisms.

I work with boundaries and ethics by using core skills:

  • confidentiality
  • congruence
  • non-judgmental
  • listening skills

Theories used: person centered - psychodynamic - CBT

I am able to work effectively with clients in a holistic way to enable them to help make the changes they require in their lives. I work with different therapies to assist clients to understand and move more rapidly towards greater growth and self-empowerment.

Please contact me by email to arrange a consultation by phone or online to see if you are happy to work together. If you would like to continue, we can discuss counselling sessions to suit your availability.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Accredited register membership
  • Diploma with Distinction Counselling and Psychotherapy Advanced 2006
  • Drug and Alcohol Practitioner 12 years’ experience, criminal justice system
  • PMR relaxation techniques

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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

I've been a Reiki therapist for 10 years, this helps with rebalance, escapism. Reiki is channeled through the hands, which can get hot during treatment according to the client’s needs. It is totally non-evasive, so can be done fully clothed.

NADA 5 POINT Auricular Acupuncture, I have been Nada Practitioner since 2013. People use auricular acupuncture to tackle a range of health concerns, including: chronic pain, especially low back pain. Migraine, anxiety. The process involves the gentle insertion of up to five fine, single use, sterilised, stainless steel disposable needles into specific energetic points in the outer ear. No electrical stimulation.

The five ear points:

(1) Sympathetic – calms the nervous system and helps with overall relaxation.
(2) Shen Men / “Spirit Gate” – reduces anxiety and nervousness.
(3) Kidney Point – for calming fears and healing internal organs.
(4) Liver Point – for detoxification, blood purification, and to quell aggression.
(5) Lung Point – promotes aeration and helps clients let go of grief.

The outer ear acts like a switchboard that sends impulses to the brain, which stimulate the release of endorphins, lowers stress and induces relaxation.

Therapies offered

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic

Fees

£35.00 per session reduced fees for students available.

Maidstone
Kent
ME14

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Availability

My availability as follows:

Monday - Friday from 5pm

Saturday from 9am - 1pm

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
Donna Swift (MNCS Accred)

Donna Swift (MNCS Accred)