Graham Arnold MA MBACP
My approach is to encourage clients to closely examine their past in order to bring to light the lasting effects of formative experiences that may be hiding in their unconscious mind, potentially having an unhelpful impact upon them, their relationships and ways of being in the present.
Developing a strong working alliance with you as my client is an integral and essential factor towards you being able to benefit from therapy. This is why providing a safe, confidential environment and forming a trusting, respectful, non-judgmental relationship with you is key. But, I also think that challenging you in your thinking is important, when appropriate!
I work with adult clients from an office in Headcorn which is well placed to serve the immediate community, as well as surrounding villages and towns. Depending on the circumstances, I am also willing to work with a client in their own home. Either way, I would be pleased and privileged to work with you on an open-ended or fixed-term basis.
I would be pleased for you to contact me to arrange an initial session in which for you to describe the challenges you face, and for us to decide between us whether counselling is right for you and whether we will be able to work effectively together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Master's Degree in Counselling and am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist with a deep appreciation for the spiritual dimension of life, and a firmly embedded belief in the importance of our personal story being told and genuinely listened to as we grapple for life’s meaning.
Much of my experience has been in the field of bereavement care. I have also spent many years working with and alongside older people, both in community development and through the work of a national older people’s charity. This has given me valuable insights into living in later life, including an understanding that depression and anxiety are not an inevitable part of getting older, but conditions which can be treated by talking therapy just as effectively as they can be for an adult of any age.
By my participation in and leadership of Men's Groups, I have experience and a keen interest in what might be described as 'men's issues', in enabling the sharing of our individual stories, and in exploring the different ways available to us of being masculine.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Later life / older people
Men's issues / masculinities
Available on request.
FREE PARKING is available at the premises I practise from.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT access is excellent - I am barely a 10 minute walk or short bus / taxi journey from Headcorn train station, and on the main bus service routes.