Kate Brown MBACP
I am a trauma and cancer survivor with 30 years of diverse life experience. My work background is in Motivational Teaching, Wellbeing & TV Journalism. I came to Counselling & Psychotherapy training with a passion for empowering others and alleviating symptoms of distress.
Feeling anxious or depressed?
Perhaps you are disillusioned with life in general…or maybe you are tired of holding onto negative self-beliefs and are wanting to create change?
What kind of people do I work with?
I have worked with a wide range of international clients from varied social backgrounds. My clients include professionals, refugees, victims of abuse and domestic violence, senior statesmen and those with financial, career and relationship challenges.
' Kate's clients seem to engage quickly with her and stay the course making significant changes'
My philosophy ...
I strongly believe that we all have the potential for growth - whatever our experience. I am committed to facilitating that growth. Starting a therapeutic relationship takes courage and commitment and can be daunting. However, it will be life changing. If you would like to feel your life's potential - I very much look forward to working with you.
What to expect when you come to counselling..
So how does it work?
After an initial phone call or email from you - we will agree a place and time to meet for an initial consultation. This will last for one hour in one of my comfortable and quiet consulting rooms. It will be completely confidential. I will give you clear directions on how to find me. There is also a map on this site to help you.
How many sessions might you need?
In our first meeting, you will hopefully get an idea on whether you might be able to work with me, to achieve your goals in a therapeutic relationship. After this initial assessment of each other, we will then agree on how many sessions you would like to commit to. Usually we would meet weekly on the same day and time. Some people only need 10-12 sessions of counselling, in order to achieve their goals or to alleviate their symptoms. Others may need and prefer to stay in counselling & psychotherapy for much longer.
"I leave each session refreshed, motivated to keep moving forwards and a true feeling of kindness to myself and how far I've come.."
D Smith, W. London
How do I work with you?
I offer an integrative approach in the counselling room. This means I draw on different psychotherapeutic theories. I also use empathic confrontation, humour and compassion with my clients. I tailor my therapy style by attuning to your needs. I strive to create a space where the relational aspect of my work is at the forefront of our session. We would work collaboratively at your pace - building new awareness around the issues you are faced with.
How do you pay for Counselling?
We will agree my fee prior to the first consultation. I take payment at the beginning of our weekly counselling sessions. You can pay in cash or by cheque. Regretfully I do not take credit cards.
'Alongside Kate's committed listening she has helped me revolutionise how I view myself.'
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Humanistic Psychotherapy 2016-2018
BSc (Hons) Degree in Reflective Therapeutic Practise - 2.1 2011- 2014
3 Year Diploma in Humanistic Counselling from the Metanoia Institute in London (a leading educational institution) 2011- 2014
Personal Fitness Instructor. 1987
Montessori Early Years Teacher Training. 1999-2001
Certificate of Proficiency BACP 2014
I am a Registered Member of the BACP.
I am a Member of The Metanoia Institute.
I sit on the exam board for the Humanistic Counselling Diploma at The Metanoia Institute,London.
I work with Adults, young people and children in an emotionally supportive way in private practise in west london and for the NHS. I have experience of working with relationship issues, trauma and abuse.
I have experience in the following psychological approaches ; Person-Centred Counselling, Transactional Analysis (TA), Gestalt Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Psychodynamic Therapy.
I have facilitated humanistic counselling for victims and perpetrators of Domestic Violence.
I have worked with NHS patients in the Psychology Department of Brocklebank Health Centre, West London. I was supervised by Dr Saira Razzaq ( Director of Psychology & Wellbeing Services, NHS ) I counselled patients who presented with a broad range of moderate to severe mental health issues. These included, depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, abuse, suicidal ideation and substance misuse.
I am committed to Continued Professional Development (CPD) Which have included ;-
'Working with women affected by Domestic Violence' WT 2012
'ChildProtection & Safeguarding' 2013
'Making Endings with Children' 2013
'Shame - The Intolerable Affect' MI. 2013
'The Implications of Affect, Attachment & Social Cognition Conference' UCL 2013
'Borderline Personality Disorder & Counselling' Dr Gillian Proctor 2014
'Domestic Violence, Trauma & The Person-centred/ Humanistic Approaches' WT 2014
'Psychometric Testing' Dr Biljana van Rijn (Head of Clinical Services Metanoia) MI 2014
'The Reflective Practitioner in Practise & Problem Formulation' Dr Saira Razzaq (Director of Psychology & Well Being Services NHS) 2014
'Yoga & Meditation for Anxiety' Jonathan Pofsky, (Psychotherapist & Yoga Therapist) California March 2016
'Gut Feeling' CPD Conference Place2Be. Dr Graham Music (Key note speaker) 'Bringing up the bodies' Recent ideas on the impact of Early Attachment experience on the parasympathetic nervous system. May 2016
'Examining in the Humanistic Counselling Diploma Oral Exams at Metanoia Institute' May 2016
'Frontiers in the Treatment of Trauma Series - Effective strategies for treating trauma' nicabm online CPD June 2016
'Progressive Woskshop' Dr Joe Dispenza - London, Oct 2016
'Child Sexual Abuse' PODS - London, Dec 2016
'The Addictive Personality' - Carolyn Cowan, Dec 2016
'The five side effects of Kindness' - Dr David R. Hamilton PhD, London Feb 2017
'Running Mindfulness Groups' - Dr Christine Dunkley & Dr Maggie Stanton, London April 2017
Examining on Humanistic Diploma Viva's at Metanoia Institute - May 2017
'Awakening the essential Self' 9 Day Meditation/Experiential Retreat - Dr Karina Stewart TCM Thailand, Aug 2017
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My practices are easily accessible from Victoria Station & Sloane Square Underground station. Clapham Junction, Wandsworth, Chelsea, Fulham, Battersea, Green Park, Mayfair, Marble Arch.
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My fees :-
I offer a sliding scale of fees - depending on time and location of appointment.
I also offer a discretionary reduced fee (£50) for students and those genuinely financially challenged.
I require a full 48 hours notice for cancelling a booked appointment - otherwise the full fee will be charged.
Regretfully I cannot take Credit or Debit cards.
I accept cash, cheques and bank transfers.
Testimonials from clients...
" When I came to Kate for counselling, I was in a state of utter despair, fear, helplessness and hopelessness. I wanted her to solve all my problems and give me answers and solutions - but she didn't !
Instead she listened to me with a depth of compassion, warmth and non-judgemental attitude that enabled me, in a safe place to reflect, explore and face many painful issues and experiences.
She told me 'I mattered' and so my self-confidence, self-respect and identity gradually returned and with her gentle guidance and support, I now have the courage and tools to continue my life's journey "
" On the 21st of February this year I sat down opposite Kate, let out a long sigh, and began to explain why I was there.I had been in a long term unhealthy relationship which had been on the verge of breaking down for almost a year. Recognising that I had been in denial and it was now officially over I would keep finding myself randomly bursting into tears at the bus stop or struggling to eat and sleep.
Over a coffee with a friend I was recommended to get in touch with Kate as I just couldn't snap out of a relentless feeling of sadness and grief. I was in a place I can only describe as a 'personal crisis'.
Over the last six months my weekly sessions with Kate have provided me with a safe and non judging sanctuary of time that is purely for me. It feels like a weekly 'reset' button where I can vent/ cry/ get angry and in more recent sessions discuss how I handle broader situations.
A huge gain in finding from my sessions is identifying how I've dealt with difficult situations in the past and working towards how to handle things differently moving forwards. I feel I've gained a greater understanding and acceptance of how far I have come already on my recovery from heartbreak.
Alongside Kate's committed listening she has helped me revolutionise how I view myself. She has encouraged me to make time in my busy and often quite hectic day for stillness, reflection and self compassion.
During my sessions Kate really does tune in with what's 'really going on' and identifies if my breathing/ body language is telling a different story to my dialogue. With this observation she'll always invite me to alter my posture/ follow a breathing exercise or follow a role play activity allowing me to utilise the session to get of my chest what's clogging my mind and often consuming my body too.
I leave each session refreshed, motivated to keep moving forwards and a true feeling of kindness to myself and how far I've come since February 21st.
I'm certainly not out of the woods yet but the sunlight shines through the leaves and the birds are starting to sing.
Thank you Kate."
Miss D Smith, West London
'Self development and growth has always been super important to me throughout my life. I studied psychology, attend seminars, read books - however the real turning point in my life was when I started seeing Kate. You really can't underestimate how much having a trained professional work one on one with you helps.
Therapy was one of the best things I've done.
I could have spent another decade (or more!) going in circles, but Kate has stopped that. People tend to fragment after a trauma, and she helps you to rebuild a whole. You can't really move forward in an area or your life until you do this. I cannot say how much energy and positivity I've regained from accepting parts of myself I kept hidden, instead of living as a compartmentalised person. Kate has the perfect balance of listening and pressing where necessary.
Every time I go I'm like 'I'm worried I'll have nothing to talk about' and then end up filling the whole session. A side note I mentioned to Kate in my last session which I found a bit spooky - I used to have ovarian cysts (around 50 of them), and recently had an ultrasound to check on them - the weirdest thing - the doctor said there were none there. They'd all gone away! I do believe we can carry our stresses to the point where they manifest physically, which is probably what happened with those cysts.
It's amazing the flow on effect changing your inner world can create in your outer world.'
‘...I finally feel that I can go through this, whereas before , I couldn’t just imagine, I thought this was the end for everything. When I come to you, no matter what Im going through or how bad it is, I just feel safe and feel understood...It gives me some calm state of mind..that sense of safeness and understanding
I just feel so good...You have accepted me for who I am, I can’t thank you enough! How you put up with me; last week that, this week this - and always you are here for me. Like family. You are so positive and always not judging’
Natalia, West London
'...We continue to do a lot better than last year which is heartening - Thank you for all your help Kate.'
C & R West London
'I have started a new job and am really enjoying it.Many thanks for all of your help last year. I will certainly be in touch if I require any more therapeutic help in the future.'
G.S Central London
'Thank you so much for all your help and guidance last year. I have gained so much and feel stronger within myself to deal with everything sent my way!'
'I would particularly like to thank my counsellor who was called Kate. She was very perceptive
about my needs and personality and what I needed from the process….She really helped me to
change my perception and stop blaming myself.'
''..Counselling helped me face what happened to me and see it in a whole new perspective.I
was able to break through a wall of silence and face something I was frightened of. Without it
I would still be stuck in the same place I had been all those years.'
' Kate's clients seem to engage quickly with her and stay the course making significant changes'
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can offer counselling and therapy sessions out of normal hours. Some evening sessions available in both West London Consulting rooms. Please email me for you request. Thanks
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|