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BSc (Hons), Dip.Couns, Registered Member MBACP
Glastonbury BA6 & Shepton Mallet BA4

About me

Offering in person, outdoor and online appointments

Hello, I’m Kate and I offer warm, compassionate, down to earth counselling (short term and open-ended). Remotely and in person in the Glastonbury/Wells/Street area.  I also offer outdoor ‘walk and talk’ therapy.  

I am passionate about empowering others to live happier more meaningful lives.  Rediscovering who they really are beyond their current struggles.  

I am aware it is often a big step for people to begin counselling.  And I believe finding a counsellor who is a good fit is so important when considering beginning a counselling relationship.

Therefore, I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation, so we can meet and talk through what has brought you to seek counselling.  It also gives you a chance to see if you think I might be the right person for you to work with and to ask any questions.

What can I help with?

You may be seeking therapy because you are currently feeling stuck or dissatisfied with life, looking to resolve a particular issue, in the midst of a crisis, or in need of a space to unburden your thoughts and feelings in a safe, warm and non-judgmental setting. 

I have worked with people who are experiencing many different issues, including but not limited to:

  • anxiety, depression, anger/rage
  • bereavement, loss and grief
  • stress & overwhelm
  • traumatic experiences
  • self-esteem, lack of self-worth, shame 
  • repetitive automatic negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours
  • neurodiversity
  • relationship & relational issues
  • parenting issues
  • difficulties with major life changes and transitions
  • identity & belonging
  • environmental anxiety/distress
  • working with parts of self, inner child
  • connecting to and expressing feelings
  • mind body connection / embodiment
  • developing greater self-compassion
  • spirituality and purpose
  • personal development 

My approach and particular areas of interest

I am a humanistic integrative counsellor.  I work in a person-centred way.  Working with what you bring, to your agenda, at a pace that feels right for you.  Believing each of us are our own best experts.  

I trained within a holistic framework which addresses a person as a complex whole, where all aspects are valued; physical, emotional, psychological, intellectual, social, spiritual etc.  

As an integrative counsellor I draw on my knowledge and experience of many approaches.  This allows me to tailor the sessions to be personal to you and your needs at the time.

Approaches I may integrate include:

  • Mindfulness and Embodiment 
  • Eco-therapy
  • Compassion
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Transpersonal psychology 
  • Creative

(If you want to find out more about these disciplines, please do ask me). 

I aim to work with a trauma informed approach holding an awareness of the widespread impact of trauma, recognising signs and symptoms in clients and working sensitively to avoid re-traumatisation.

What can you expect from therapy sessions with me?

A safe, contained space for you to share your experience and to be heard in a non-judgmental way. Bringing gentle curiosity to situations that are troubling you.

I work with integrity and compassion, and my intention is to 'walk alongside' you in an embodied way using my presence, skills and experience to support you on this part of your life's journey.

A commitment to being as authentic as I can and building a therapeutic relationship that offers warmth and acceptance as well as appropriate levels of challenge.  

The therapy I offer is creative, experiential and experimental; providing opportunity to develop new perspectives and choices with the potential for change.

Sessions would be weekly, usually at the same time each week (with flexibility when needed).  Sessions last 1 hour.

Training, qualifications & experience

Level 2 Counselling Skills & Level 3 Counselling Studies - Strode College, Somerset

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Sweet Track Counselling, Somerset 

All above courses are accredited by the CPCAB.

BSc (Hons) Degree in Psychology (2:1) - University of Bristol.

Bereavement Support Foundation Course – Cruse Bereavement Care.  

I have worked as a counsellor in the voluntary sector with Cruse Bereavement Somerset and Sweet Track low-cost counselling service in Glastonbury.

Three years training on Living Tao courses - in depth experiential self-healing courses, with a Taoist perspective, involving breathwork, group process, meditation, and self-compassion practices. 

I am committed to my own ongoing personal and professional development. I undertake various training and CPD courses.  Recent CPD training includes; Trauma Awareness, Safeguarding, Substance Misuse (Level 2), Integrating Artwork into Counselling Practice, Basic Competencies for Working with Children and Young People and Mindfulness.

Having worked with people belonging to minority groups, I take an intersectional and anti-discriminatory, LGBTQ+ affirmative and neurodiversity affirmative stance and am committed to learning about the impact of discrimination in all forms and examining my own biases and assumptions in the process.

I am a professional member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Environmental anxiety/distress
  • Personal Development
  • Working with parts of self
  • Inner child work
  • Shame
  • Difficulties with major life changes and transitions
  • Identity and belonging
  • Repetitive automatic negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours
  • Parenting issues
  • Connecting to and expressing feelings
  • Mind body connection/ embodiment
  • Developing greater self-compassion
  • Spirituality and purpose

Fees

From £35.00 to £45.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Standard fee = £45 per hour (60 minutes).

Some concessions are available and can be discussed during the consultation phone call.

Free ‘get to know each other’ 20-minute phone consultation prior to start of sessions.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I have some flexibility in my working hours so do check in and we can see if we can find a time and day to suit us both.

Silver Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6

Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Zoom
Kate Elgood

Kate Elgood