Kat Hampson - Reef Counselling
I work with individual adult clients aged 18 years and over, either from Rowner Surgery in Gosport, or The Natural Therapy Centre in Cosham.
I am trained as an integrative counsellor with person-centred counselling as my basis. This means that I am able to tailor my approach to the individual needs of my clients, as everyone is unique and we all have different ways of processing our thoughts and emotions.
I have always been interested in mental health and I feel passionate that the mental health issues that we all face from time-to-time should be treated with the same compassion and professionalism as physical health issues. Just like physical conditions, some mental health issues are fairly mild and we are able to overcome them without much help; however, some things feel too much or too confusing for us to be able to get through without assistance, whether that be from a medical professional or a therapist depending on the problem.
Seeking help from a counsellor can feel quite daunting at first, which is why I offer a safe space for you to explore your issues at your own pace. I am able to work with either long or short-term clients and I will not pressure you to talk about anything that you are not willing or ready to. This does not necessarily mean that counselling will be an easy process, it can sometimes be upsetting to remember and talk about things that have affected you in the past but working through them in a counselling setting can help you to make sense of things and move past them.
There are many reasons that bring people to counselling, such as:
- Depression and low mood
- Low self-esteem
- low self-confidence
- Panic attacks
- Relationship difficulties
- Abuse, either current or historic
- Bereavement & loss
- PTSD and CPTSD
- Behavioural issues, i.e. bad habits
- Weight loss
Person-centred counselling relies on the building of a therapeutic relationship between the counsellor and client. My role as counsellor is to listen to you without judging, be honest with you and to help you to better understand your thoughts and emotions so that you can grow. Your role as client is to talk openly and honestly, and to be prepared to embrace the changes that need to be made in order for you to reach your goals. The supportive nature of this relationship allows you to explore what is right for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an Accredited Registrant with the National Counselling Society (membership no: NCS16-03086) and I am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). I hold a Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, a Diploma in Counselling Skills & Theory, and a Certificate in Counselling Skills & Hypnotherapy.
Prior to my counselling training, I have worked for many years in GP surgeries, starting in reception and working through to my most recent post in practice management. Working within the NHS has not only taught me the importance of confidentiality but also compassion and empathy towards those from all walks of life.
I was fortunate to also complete my counselling training placement in a GP Surgery where I worked with a wide variety of clients who were seeking help with a range of different issues.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Sessions are one-to-one and last 50 minutes, usually on a weekly basis.
Each session will cost £45 with concessions available for NHS staff, forces & ex-forces personnel, and students. Clients registered as patients at Rowner Surgery who choose to be seen at the surgery are eligible for a reduced session rate also.
Sessions can be paid for at least 48 hours in advance by bank transfer, or in cash at the start of the session.
Sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours advance notice will be charged at the full session rate.
I enjoy working with all clients, no matter their issues, however, I am particularly interested in those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD (CPTSD), and those who live with conditions such as fibromyalgia.
Counselling can help people with these conditions to recognise their triggers and to learn to cope with their symptoms on a day-to-day basis. Counselling can also help to explore the origins of these conditions within a safe environment, which in turn can allow sufferers to gain insight and understanding into their situation.