Siobhan Kemp (Geraldine) - Ad Dip Psyc (MNCS Accredited)
Life can throw us unexpected challenges, especially at these unprecedented times during Covid-19.
I am currently offering on line sessions via the Zoom platform or Whatsapp video to continue with therapeutic support for both existing and new clients.
It takes courage and bravery to admit that you need support and immense strength to disclose and explore your inner most thoughts and feelings.
Seeking help today is your first step in a direction of change that is meaningful to you and your life, even though this may seem a very daunting experience for you.
Working together, counselling could be the pathway that strengthens and empowers your ability to manage your life.
Counselling is not about giving you advice, it is a chance for us to work alongside each other in a safe, respectful and non-judgemental relationship allowing you time to explore the reasons for you coming to counselling.
My practice is working as an integrative counsellor with a humanistic approach. My belief regarding therapy is that each and every one of us is unique and individual in our own right so therefore the therapy offered should reflect that, and be specific to your needs.
I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist registered with the National Counselling Society (NCS) adhering to their Ethical Framework. The Accredited Register has been recognised by the Professional Standards Authority.
The accreditation demonstrates my commitment to provide a safe, ethical and professional practice.
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I worked in an educational environment (from 2001) and have extensive experience of working with children and young people in lots of different guises, including in my capacity as designated safe guarding officer for 8 years.
In 2006 I gained a professional certificate from Nottingham Trent University in Person Centred Counselling Skills which enabled me to work in a more therapeutic way within my role.
I feel privileged to have worked with lots of young people who showed great courage, determination to succeed or sometimes a determination to survive in lives that were often full of confusion, including the instability arising from traumatic events. I was in awe of their resilience and ability to manage their day to day life. I enjoyed working with a diverse spectrum in terms of backgrounds, cultures, values, beliefs, sexuality and gender identity.
I understand the pressures that parents and care givers experience having supported families during times when their lives were in crisis.
Supporting staff both teaching and non teaching was also something I had the privilege to experience during my time within the educational environment.
Working with such a diversity of situations, led me to further my knowledge and experience regarding an integrative approach to therapy which offers a variety of theories and ideas to support the uniqueness of the individual person.
Finding the right counsellor for you
It is so important that you find the right counsellor for you as a successful therapeutic relationship is not about the theory or approach to therapy but very much about the relationship that is created between client and counsellor.
From experience, creating a relationship that is safe, confidential, respectful, honest and non-judgemental allows others an opportunity to make sense of their world, accepting of who they are. Empowering them, allowing autonomy to make choices and changes that are important to them.
I now work from my private practice in Carlton as this offers the flexibility in being able to support adults and young people.
Outside of private practice, I volunteer as a counsellor for a charity in Newark that offers counselling to young people and adults aged 6 – 25.
Training, qualifications & experience
Over the past 8 years I have developed my practice and gained wide experience in both educational and non-educational environments. I have worked collaboratively with other agencies including social care, child and adult mental health service, family service, health related education team, young carers federation and women’s aid. In a therapeutic role I have supported others with a variety of diverse issues.
I have experience in supporting people with complex needs such as those arising from issues around adoption or being placed in care.
As a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist and a member of the National Counselling Society, I am aware that professional and personal development is on-going so I do attend regular supervision, and courses.
- Nottingham Trent University
- 2006 Professional Certificate in Person Centred Counselling Skills
- Chrysalis Course
- 2017 Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory
- 2018 Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- 2018 Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Skills.
Professional Development Courses
- 2014 Supporting Private Fostering Arrangement
- 2014 Responding Effectively to Sexual Abuse
- 2016 Raising awareness of Transgender
- 2017 Understanding and Responding to Domestic Abuse
- 2018 Understanding Personality Disorders
- Understanding and Responding to Self-Harm.
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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Initial Consultation - Free
The no-obligation 20-minute session will give us a chance to meet face to face or to talk on the telephone to discuss what has brought you to therapy, for you to see if you feel I am the right counsellor for you. It will also give you an opportunity to ask any questions that you may have regarding future therapy.
If I am unable to support, I will always endeavour to signpost you to other agencies that can meet your needs.
Sessions thereafter - £40.00
Each session is for 50 minutes. Therapy can be short term or long term, dependent on individual needs and very much guided by you as the client.
Our first session together will give us chance to complete a contract and to discuss and agree confidentiality and boundaries. Together we will complete an assessment so that I have more understanding of your individual uniqueness, your needs and expectations from therapy.
I work from my home address in Carlton, the therapy room is a safe, confidential and relaxed environment.
My hours of work are: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.