Due to recently moving to the area, I am currently only offering sessions online or via telephone whilst I await my new office space to be delivered and ready. Online counselling can be daunting but it needn't be, and it is something that adjustments can definitely be made for. If you would like to start sessions with me but are unsure about online working, please do get in touch so that we can discuss, or if you are happy to wait I'm more than willing to keep you on a waiting list for face to face when it is available shortly.
Hello, my name is Heather and I am person-centred counsellor based in Newenden. I am a qualified counsellor with a master’s in Counselling & Psychotherapy as well as a BSc in Psychology with a Counselling Psychology focus and a qualification in working online. I am a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I have been counselling for several years now and started my training in 2015. I volunteered and worked for multiple charities within Worcestershire with both adults & young people/children until recently when I relocated to Kent. I work within a local secondary school 2 days a week and the rest of the time I run my private practice helping to support people just like you. I work with a large variety of clients and have previously worked with clients facing issues including anxiety, depression, bereavement, relationship issues, family issues, self-esteem, money problems, OCD, miscarriages and much, much more. I am continually striving to develop my practice and knowledge and as such regularly attend training days and events to further my knowledge. I can offer several creative ways of working if this is something you would like to do also, this can be discussed over email or within sessions.
Why come to counselling?
People seek counselling at many different times in their lives for many different reasons. Counselling can provide you with a safe and confidential space to explore your issues without fear of judgement or consequences within your personal life. Many times, people can feel like they cannot talk to those who are closest to them because of fearing their reactions and the problems this may cause in your relationships. These feelings can be very overwhelming and can take over all of your thinking capacity, meaning that acknowledging you need help and asking for it can be scary. If you believe that you are ready to look for help, counselling may be a wonderful way for you to work through how you’re feeling. There are many types of counselling and some may work for you and some may not, it’s important to have an idea of what to expect before you work with someone. The counselling that I provide is an approach called person centered counselling. By working in this way, I have the belief that the client is the one with all of the knowledge of how best to help themselves, as such I will aid you to work through your issues so that this knowledge becomes clear again. I believe that you have the ability to find your own growth and the desire to change your life in the ways which will work best for you. I do this by providing a facilitative therapeutic relationship which is free from judgement.
Counselling is a confidential service, this means that what you share will not be shared outside of the counselling room unless there is a severe risk of serious harm to yourself or others or any crimes are disclosed, this can be discussed further over the phone, email or in person.
About my practice
I work from a calm environment based in Newenden with plenty of free parking available, which is easily accessible to most, sadly there are quite a few stairs that may pose an issue if you use a wheelchair and/or cane although adjustments and aid will be available if this is the case. If you would like to arrange a first meeting please do email, call or text me, whichever you prefer. Please be aware that CCTV recording does take place on-site of the property. An intial, half price introduction session is available at first so that you can have the chance to ask any questions you may have and get a feel of whether I am the right counsellor for you. This session will be shorter so that you can meet me and hear more about what to expect from counselling and myself rather than being thrown straight in.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc in Counselling & Psychotherapy
- BSc in Psychology (Counselling Psychology)
- Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling
- Counselling Skills Level 3
- Counselling Skills Level 2
- Awareness in Bereavement Care
- Cruse Bereavement Care Child & Young Person Elective
- Multiple CPD courses ranging from working with autism to the impact of childhood bullying
- Dealing with Distress: Working with Suicide & Self Harm
- Behind the Screen - Working Online
I also have experience working within multiple charities working with bereavement & with children & young people.
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
£45.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Counselling sessions last for 50 minutes to an hour and cost £45. The first session is offered at a reduced price of £22.50 & lasts around 30 minutes. You can pay via cash, card, bank transfer or paypal, whichever is easiest for you. There is no obligation to return for further sessions however, bulk bookings of 6 sessions are available at a discount (£250, saving you £20). Session times are flexible and can be enquired about in your initial enquiries.
Please get in touch for session availability.