Kasandra Gulka

Poole, Dorset, BH15 4AP
07870 804037 07870 804037 Registered / Accredited
Poole, Dorset, BH15 4AP

About me

I am a person-centred counsellor and believe that all of us have the internal resources we need for growth and my aim is to provide the right environment to help this growth to occur. Through examination of the past, the causes of present day problems are often revealed, allowing us to relate differently to ourselves, our difficulties and to others, and either make changes or find acceptance.

I am a registered NCS Accredited Counsellor with a social work background and over 15 years’ experience working in both public and private sector, supporting individuals across a variety of backgrounds. I work with a wide range of issues including: relationship difficulties, parenting issues, attachment, anxiety and depression, work problems, loss or bereavement, trauma and many others.

Models influencing my approach include Humanistic Therapies, Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) mindfulness. I take a flexible approach to therapy, integrating various models to suit each individual.

I offer both short-term work (typically 6 – 10 sessions), to focus on specific areas, or longer-term therapy which allows for a deeper exploration and understanding.

In addition, I actively participate in the training and receive a regular supervision.

What happens at our first session?

Our first session will last 60 minutes.

This is an opportunity for us to meet and to mutually decide whether therapy could be helpful for you and whether we feel we could work together. I will ask you some general questions about what brings you to therapy and perhaps some of your past history. It will also be an opportunity for you to say whatever you feel might be helpful for me to know or to ask any questions. By the end of the session, we will agree how to proceed. If we decide to commence further sessions, these will usually be on a weekly basis. You may need a week or so to go away and think about whether you would like further sessions. Or occasionally, we may decide that therapy is either not appropriate for you or perhaps just not the right time, in which case we can think about other types of support might be helpful before we end our first session.

Therapy sessions

All subsequent sessions are 50 minutes in length. Once we have agreed a day and a time for your sessions, these will normally continue on the same day and time until you finish therapy.

How do I arrange an appointment?

Please email or telephone using the contacts provided here. Your confidentiality is assured and all emails or voice messages will only be accessed by me. I will then contact you for an initial (free) telephone consultation to discuss your needs and then if appropriate, make an initial appointment for us to meet.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualification:

  • Master of Art Pedagogical Care and Social Work 2002
  • Dip in Integrated Psychotherapeutic Counselling 2013
  • Post Qualifying Dip in Counselling Children and Adolescents 2017

Additional training:

DBT.

Group work.

Working with Challenging Behaviour.

Creating Change and Motivational Strategies for Working with Young People.

Getting the Best from Yourself & Others- Coaching Skills.

Core Skills - Developing Coaching Skills.

Solution Focus Brief Therapy.

Understanding and Working with Attachment Problems.

Domestic Abuse.

Working with people who self-harm.

Working with various types of abuse (DV, physical, sexual, emotional).

Time management and stress management.

Working with anger.

Experience:

Over 15 years’ of experience helping different groups of people with wide range of issues across various settings (e.g. Consulting and Diagnostic Centre for Families, Dorset Mind, Special Needs School, Children and Adult Social Service, Domestic Violence Project, Private Counselling Practice).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

NCS

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

National Counselling Society

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

I have an extensive experience of working with children, adolescents and families and I have completed specialist training in this area.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Couples counselling
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

Individuals Cost  
Initial Consultation 60 minutes £30
Individual Session 50 minutes £40


Couples
Initial Consultation 60 minutes £45
Couple's Session 50 minutes £55

Trainee counsellors

All sessions 50 minutes £25

Further information

The first time we meet is a chance for you to tell me what has prompted you to come and for me to share how I work and answer any questions you may have. We would then decide on what would happen next, with the proviso that you might want to think about it first.

Fully Insured Practitioner

Fully Accredited member of National Counselling Society (NCS) and HCPC  and abide by their code of ethics.

Shapwick House
Shapwick Road
Poole
Dorset
BH15 4AP

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages Polish

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Availability

Monday, Thursday and Friday 07.00 - 20.00

Saturday 08.00 - 14.00

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Kasandra Gulka

Kasandra Gulka