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About me

I am a fully qualified person-centred counsellor offering professional, safe and supportive counselling. I work face to face in Kings Hill or Maidstone, online (using Zoom) and over the telephone. If you are struggling with issues such as anxiety and depression, talking to someone can often help.

How counselling can help

Being heard and understood without judgement can be rare in day to day life but counselling offers this opportunity. Through empathy, honesty and acceptance, I believe that I can help you grow and develop, to empower you to live your life how you want to live it.

What to expect in your sessions

As a person-centred counsellor, I will help you to explore your own issues, feelings, beliefs, behaviour, and worldview, so you can become more self-aware and achieve greater independence.

During our sessions, I will help you to realise what resources and support are available to you that you can use to work through your own issues, build your self-confidence and appreciate that you always have options. I will treat you as the expert on yourself, as no one else knows exactly what it’s like to be you.

I will not judge you, no matter what you bring to the session and endeavour to build a trustworthy relationship in which you can feel free and supported to disclose whatever is troubling you. Eventually, it will lead you to discover your own abilities and autonomy, so that you can cope with current and future problems.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling Course
  • Suicide Prevention and Awareness Training

I have worked with adults and young adults at Mind and other community based counselling projects, both in person and online.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured

Additional information

£45 per session

Free initial telephone consultation

Concessions for Students, Trainee counsellors, Keyworkers and Seniors

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

In-Person sessions available in Kings Hill or Maidstone most week days.

Online/Telephone appointments available most week days and early evenings.

Please contact me for further details.

Further information

Sessions are 50 mins

Kings Hill, West Malling, ME19

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Zoom