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About me

I am a qualified counsellor (Dip. Couns.) and a Registered Member MBACP (Registration no. 100054).

You might be looking for a counsellor because you are unhappy, feeling you are lacking joy or stability in your life?  Maybe you are feeling anxious, stressed, upset, depressed or overwhelmed with many feelings?  I have a warm and flexible approach, using an integrative framework that I adapt to fit you and your needs.

I can provide you with a safe environment where you can open up and be accepted, heard and understood.  I work from a ground floor therapy space in my home, with parking on-street or on a driveway, about 1.5 miles from the town centre. I also have a Certificate in Online and Telephone counselling so can offer counselling at a distance.

I have experience in helping in a number of areas, for example:

  • Anxiety (particularly general anxiety disorder and social anxiety)
  • Isolation
  • Lack of confidence
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Bereavement
  • Stress
  • Family breakdown / family issues
  • Bullying
  • Self image / body image
  • Self esteem

I have a particular interest in working with people with disabilities – particularly those with “invisible” neurological disabilities such as fibromyalgia, hypermobility, CFS/ME and chronic pain. These illnesses are very real with numerous debilitating symptoms, but the mental and emotional impacts of living with these conditions can be worked with in counselling.

I can be reached by email or phone. Unfortunately, I have found that some email accounts (e.g. Hotmail, Outlook, Yahoo, Gmail) tend to send my emails to spam. I have so far been unable to resolve this, and of course never send unsolicited emails. If you use one of these email addresses and have not received a reply from me, please check your spam folder. If you phone, I may not be able to answer your call immediately - so please leave a voicemail message if you would like me to call you back. Out of consideration for your privacy, I will not call back if you do not leave a voicemail or text message asking me to. Please ensure you have said your phone number when leaving a voicemail if you would like me to call you. My office hours are on my website.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications

  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Open University D171 Introduction to Counselling (equivalent to CPCAB CST-L3)
  • InterPsyche Diploma in Integrative Counselling (a Level 4 BACP-accredited course)
  • Counselling Tutor Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (recognised by ACTO)


Recent CPD / extra training

  • Attachment Theory
  • Positive Psychology
  • Self harm
  • Suicidal thoughts & feelings
  • Working with people on the autistic spectrum
  • Working with anger and rage
  • Compassion-focussed therapy for depression
  • Living with chronic illness and pain
  • Stress
  • Body image
  • Disability
  • Resilience
  • Imposter Syndrome

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

  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

My fee for counselling is £40 per 50-minute initial intake session and per each 50-minute counselling session.  I offer a free short chat on the phone before that so you can decide if you would like to go ahead and book after speaking with me.  I can offer counselling in person or online, at the same cost.

My fee for supervision is £40 per hour, or £60 per 1.5 hours.  I offer a free short chat on the phone or online before that so you can decide if you would like to go ahead.  I can offer supervision in person or online, at the same cost.

Please give 24 hours’ notice of a cancellation, if less than 24 hours’ notice is given then the full session fee is required.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Weekdays, daytime and evenings.

Further information

If you email me from a Hotmail or Outlook address, please add me to your safe senders list or keep an eye on your spam folder as emails are often mistakenly labelled as spam by Microsoft.

Sittingbourne
Kent
ME10

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

I use a ground-floor room in my home, which involves a small step up to my front door. I can also offer online/telephone sessions.

Online platforms

Zoom

Supervision

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Supervision for counsellors. I am an integrative counsellor and use the Seven-Eyed Model of supervision.

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Emma Thompson Registered Member MBACP

Emma Thompson Registered Member MBACP