Kate Benton MBACP (Registered) Psychotherapist & Counsellor
I am a warm and interactive humanistic psychotherapist. I am interested in supporting people to explore themselves and how they relate to others. Through self-awareness and understanding, we can begin to form different perspectives on our difficulties, and to develop strategies for managing both ourselves and our relationships in more satisfying ways.
I offer a confidential, non-judgemental environment where you can talk at your pace about thoughts and experiences you might not find easy to share with those around you.
By exploring your issues together, I can help you become clearer about who you are and what you want and need, as well as developing a better understanding of the people around you. This can help you to make positive decisions in your life, develop new opportunities, improve your relationships, and manage difficult times with more balance and self-acceptance.
Some of the areas I work with include:
- Stress & Anxiety
- Bereavement & Loss
- Sexuality, sexual identity & LGBT
- Personal growth & development
I practice at the Barnsbury Therapy Rooms, Islington, and in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Diploma in Psychotherapy from Spectrum Therapy (an organisational member of UKCP), and an Advanced Certificate in Systemic Family Therapy from the Institute of Family Therapy. I undertake on-going CPD with Spectrum and elsewhere.
As well as my experience in private practice, I have worked as a counsellor at City & Hackney Mind, a bereavement counsellor with Cruse, and a primary school play therapist with Place 2 Be.
I have undertaken courses in:
- Transforming relationships
- Gestalt Therapy
- Somatic Work
- Working with Anger
- The 3 tiers of the Spectrum programme in Sexuality; Basic, Intermediate & Advanced
- Childhood Sexual Abuse: Occurrence and Prevention
- Grief, Bereavement & Loss
- Non-Violent Communication (NVC)
- Play Therapy with Primary School Children
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), abide by the BACP Ethical Framework and adhere to its Professional Code of Practice.
Prior to training as a psychotherapist, I worked in engineering design consultancy in the construction industry, both as a designer and in senior management.
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
Individual counselling and psychotherapy:
£70 for individual 50-minute session in London
£60 for individual 50-minute session in Berkhamsted
Various weekdays, daytime or evening.