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About me

Hello. I’m a qualified, insured counsellor registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I work with adults and teenagers over 14 years of age. Currently, my clients and I hold their sessions over the telephone or online. Counselling this way can be just as therapeutic and a lot easier to access than face-to-face counselling.

I offer short and long-term therapy, working alongside clients who are struggling with depression, shame, grief and anxiety, among many other issues. Much of my experience is with survivors of sexual abuse or trauma, including PTSD and complex PTSD sufferers.

What might counselling be like?

Your counselling will be unique, just like you. I blend my understanding of several approaches to psychology and talking therapies, which allows us to work together and to tailor your sessions to meet your own individual needs. Some of my clients get the most from us simply talking, others from sometimes using exercises to help them open up or to focus on difficult issues.

You may have a specific problem, such as panic attacks or disturbing flashbacks, that you'd like to focus on overcoming. You might decide that we'll focus on developing your coping skills during certain sessions.

Or, you may have a mixture of thoughts, feelings and memories that are distressing for you. Perhaps even a sense of emptiness, stuckness or that something just isn't right. You might want to explore yourself more deeply, to share your experiences with me and to gain a greater understanding about them. Work like this may help you begin to shed intense lifelong hurt, such as guilt or grief.

Starting counselling may feel daunting to your right now. However, I offer the safety of a warm, non-judgemental relationship in which you can explore what’s burdening you and causing you pain. We'll move at your pace and focus on what you feel ready for. More than anything, I aim to make space for your toughest emotions and to really hear your unique experience, perhaps as no-one ever has before.

What happens next?

1) Please do get in touch if you’re curious about having counselling sessions with me. I can usually respond quickest if you message me using the button at the top of this page, though you are also welcome to call or text me.

2) Feel free to ask any initial questions and, if you feel ready, we'll book a half-price initial session.

3) During this session, we'll talk and start getting to know each other. We'll chat about what problems you're having and how we might make counselling useful for you.

4) You decide if you’d like us to continue working together. I believe that the connection between people is hugely important, so there's no obligation for you to continue therapy with me if we don’t feel like a good fit. I also promise to be honest if I feel unable to help you, which is uncommon but could be, for example, because I feel you would benefit from working someone with different specialist experience to me.

5) We book your ongoing sessions, on either a weekly or a fortnightly basis. You may choose to book a specific amount or you may prefer to plan our ending together in the future when you feel ready.

Message me today and start receiving the support you need.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Diploma in Integrative Counselling at Distinction level.

Certificate in Counselling Skills.

Additional training includes:

  • Coronavirus Outbreak Adult Wellbeing
  • Online and Telephone Counselling
  • Understanding Depression and Suicide
  • Working with Shame
  • Understanding and Working with Attachments

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Complex PTSD

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

£40.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Initial sessions are half price at £20. Afterwards, each 50 minute session is £40.

I have some concessionary slots at a reduced price for people who are carers or belong to those groups listed below.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

Some concessionary spaces are available if you're in these groups or are a carer. Please message for more information.

Maidstone Community Support Centre
Marsham Street
Maidstone
Kent
ME14 1HH

Wrotham Road
Gravesend
Kent
DA11 0PA

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Fiona Graves - Registered MBACP, Dip. Counselling

Fiona Graves - Registered MBACP, Dip. Counselling