Kate Craib

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BA Hons (Psych) (Dip. Therapeutic Counselling) (MBACP)
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Rochester, Kent, ME1
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello and welcome.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile while you are looking for a counsellor - which in itself can be a daunting thing to do.

As everyone is an individual, in counselling there is not a ‘one size fits all‘ approach. So - it's important that you find a counsellor that feels right for you.

Background and career history

I am a qualified, registered counsellor and I have been working in various helping services for the past 30 years. From my career so far, I have gained much experience of the many life issues that young people and adults frequently experience.

As well as running my own private practice, I also work part time as a Mental Health Coordinator at a university, supporting students who are neurodiverse (mainly ADHD, ASD) and students who are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.

My career in mental health and wellbeing started when I took a degree in psychology and communication studies in the late 1980's and after that I worked in a further education college, where I set up and ran the student advice service. I started my counselling training during this time.

After this, I went on to work in local government for ten years, where I was responsible for managing drugs and alcohol education services and training across the county.

When I finished this job, I completed my training as a counsellor and I also went on to work in a school as a pastoral manager and then in youth services as a service manager. At this time I also worked for Kent Adult Education for three years, training people to become CPCAB qualified counsellors which was a privilege and an honour and something that I really enjoyed

I have counselled in various settings, including for MIND and in a domestic abuse agency and I now work from home in a purpose built log cabin in my garden - 'The Healing Hut'. 

I am a certified Relationship Workshop Facilitator and a Certified Law of Attraction Coach and regularly run group workshops (please see my website for details). 

I am also currently undertaking additional training in Transpersonal Psychology, as I hope to be able integrate this modality into my practice. 

I am based in Kent, close to Maidstone and Rochester and five minutes from the M20 and the A2.

Why come to counselling?

People come to counselling because they are experiencing emotional pain and suffering that is having an effect on their day to day life and their wellbeing.

Imagine if you had a splinter that was causing you irritation. You probably wouldn’t go rushing off to the doctor at first.

You would maybe try and remove the splinter yourself. Or you might wait and see if it would work itself out.

If it didn’t work itself out of it’s own accord or if you couldn’t remove it, you might ask someone – a friend or relative – to try and remove it for you.

Only if everything you tried didn’t work – and especially if the splinter was getting deeper and causing you more pain, then you might seek out a professional to help you.

Just like dealing with the splinter – some people are able to deal with life’s events themselves and some people have friends or acquaintances that they can sit and talk with when things get tough and this can be really helpful.

But sometimes – when we cannot deal with whatever is going on for us and people in our lives aren’t able to help (or maybe we don’t want to talk to someone we know or we don't have a trusted person to talk to ) – then professional counselling may be a way to alleviate the pain.

A counsellor is a professional who is trained to work at therapeutic depth with their client to empower their client to work on:

  • common life problems - such as relationship breakdown, bereavement, work or family related issues
  • managing common mental health issues and other psychological problems - such as childhood abuse, trauma, complex grief, domestic abuse
  • gaining self awareness and change

Counselling is a process that falls under the term ‘talking therapy‘. During this process we will explore the issues or problems that are causing your life to not ‘work’ for you or are causing you pain, suffering or upset.

I firmly believe that you know what is best for you and through counselling you can become more self-aware and understand how to be your own adviser.

In a safe, confidential environment, I will encourage you to talk about your problems, to uncover the root causes of what is causing you to suffer. This could be looking at how you relate to other people in different aspects of your life and any thoughts and beliefs that you have about your self.

The ultimate aim is that when you finish the process, you will be in a different psychological place and will have overcome what ever it was that was causing you pain or be able to cope more effectively with painful, difficult life events.

Everyone is an individual, so there is not a ‘one size fits all‘ counselling approach. I am a person centred counsellor, so part of the process is about finding out what works for you and using the various tools that I have in my counselling toolbox to create an approach that is right for you. 

I feel humbled and privileged to counsel people, to be let into their lives and trusted with their feelings.

Sometimes, the hardest step is to reach out and ask for help and I never underestimate the bravery and courage of the people that I counsel.

Training, qualifications & experience


During my career, I have counselled adults and young people (aged 16 to 18) who have come to me with various problems including:

  • Abuse
  • Addiction - Drugs and alcohol
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety - including generalised anxiety disorder, severe anxiety, health anxiety, COVID anxiety, agoraphobia
  • Bereavement
  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • Depression
  • Domestic abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Feeling sad 
  • Financial issues
  • Hoarding
  • Low self-esteem
  • Low self-confidence
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • OCD
  • Personal growth
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Relationship issues (including intimate relationships / affairs and betrayal / separation and divorce / parent/teenager relationships and step family issues)
  • School refusal
  • Self harm
  • Sexual identity
  • Stress
  • Work related stress


  • BA (Hons) Psychology and Communication Studies
  • CSCT (AEB) Counselling Skills
  • CSCT (AEB) Counselling Theory
  • CPCAB L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Continued professional development/training

  • Counselling children and adolescents
  • Advanced counselling skills
  • Counselling in educational settings
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder Counselling
  • Certified Law of Attraction Life Coach
  • Certified Relationship Facilitator 
  • Hypnotic Storytelling Healing 
  • Motivational Interview therapy
  • Therapy with neurodiverse clients
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy
  • Brief Intervention Therapy
  • Solution Focussed Therapy
  • Therapy for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Sound Therapy

Other qualifications

  • Level 5 Diploma in management and leadership
  • PGCE in post compulsory education and training
  • Diploma in Transpersonal Psychology (currently studying)
  • Diploma in Aromatherapy (currently studying)
  • First and Second Degree Angelic Reiki
  • Third and Fourth Degree Angelic Reiki 
  • Diploma in Meditation (currently studying)

Member organisations

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£30.00 - £60.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I offer a free 20 minute introductory call, where we can discuss your counselling goals.

If you are on a low income, I offer a concessionary rate, for a limited amount of clients . Please indicate when you enquire if you wish to discuss availability for a concessionary rate.

Standard session rate:

  • £60.00 per therapeutic session

Concession rate:

  • £30.00 per therapeutic session.

Student Counsellor rate:

  • £45.00 per therapeutic session.


  • 50% Non refundable deposit required for first session (paid in advance). 

I currently have no wheelchair access. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Current session availability (correct as of May 24th 2024)

I currently have availability to take on new clients:

  • Tuesday evenings
  • Thursday mornings, afternoons and evenings
  • Friday evenings

Further information

I am a registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (registration number 351696).

Rochester, Kent, ME1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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I am happy to discuss an alternative arrangement for wheelchair users.

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