Emma Thompson Registered Member MBACP
I am a qualified counsellor (Dip. Couns.) and a Registered Member MBACP (Registration no. 100054).
You might be 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 adaptable 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 feel you are accepted, heard and understood. I have access to room in the centre of Sittingbourne, just a few minutes' walk from the train station. This venue is wheelchair-accessible, with a pay-and-display car parks and disabled spaces within 100 yards of the entrance. I also 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 can be reached by email or phone. Unfortunately, I have found that Microsoft email addresses (e.g. Hotmail, Outlook) 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 a Microsoft email address 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.
I have experience in helping in a number of areas, for example:
- Anxiety (particularly general anxiety disorder and social anxiety)
- Lack of confidence
- Family breakdown / family issues
- 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.
Training, qualifications & experience
- 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)
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
- Body image
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fee is £35 per 50-minute session.
Please give 24 hours’ notice of a cancellation, if less than 24 hours’ notice is given then the full session fee is required.