Kate Jones Dip.Couns, Reg.MBACP
It's not always easy to talk to family and friends about what is troubling us, and it can be difficult for those close to us to truly understand how we are feeling too. Talking to a counsellor who is independent of you and your situation, can help you make sense of life, and begin to overcome sometimes overwhelming thoughts, feelings and problems. I offer therapeutic support to all ages, from primary aged children through to adolescents, adults and seniors.
If you are looking for adult counselling, you may be reading this having made the decision to see a counsellor, and now need to choose the right one. With so many different counsellors and counselling approaches available, this can feel daunting, but the most important element of counselling is the relationship between you and your counsellor.
Counselling is most successful when you find a counsellor who you feel comfortable with and trust. This relationship can provide a safe space for you to feel able to be open about your difficulties, and this is what I strive to offer. As a fully qualified and experienced counselling practitioner, I will provide a caring, non-judgemental, and supportive environment where you will feel listened to no matter what the problem is. Being honest about how you really feel can feel risky and vulnerable, but the courage to face our issues can provide great opportunity for change and growth. I work in a comfortable and confidential private practice setting, to help you feel more at ease.
Our first session would focus on establishing what difficulties you are having and assessing your needs. This will involve finding out more about you, taking some personal details and I would make a few written notes, (although this is the only time notes are taken in session.) I will explain further about me and how counselling works, and you can ask me any questions so you feel fully informed. We will agree on how we will work together and explore what you want from counselling.
I am trained as a Humanistic counsellor, and am influenced by the Humanistic approaches to counselling, this means the work is centered around you, focussing on what you want from sessions and what you bring to each session. They are your sessions and it is your space and time to use how you wish.
Young people experience many pressures in today's world, and navigating their lives at a time of huge emotional and physical change can be distressing, confusing and overwhelming.
The counselling I offer supports adolescents in making sense of this challenging time, as they begin to discover who they are. I strive to provide counselling support which is both appropriate and adaptable to each individual, whatever their stage of maturity, and this can include the use of play, creative media and practical techniques alongside conversation.
Creating an environment of trust and acceptance is key for adolescents to work through difficult life experiences and problems in relationship with themselves and others, whilst supporting their self esteem in the process. I have much experience of working with low self esteem, depression and anxiety in particular with this age group and counselling can be invaluable to help manage this condition.
A professional yet warm and compassionate relationship with a counsellor outside of school and home life, where it can be difficult to talk to family and peers, aids young people to see things from a different perspective and gain inner peace.
I am very happy to discuss individual situations and problems over the phone, by email or text for parents and carers who feel concerned for their young person and would like further information or support.
When looking to find a counsellor for your child it is important to find one who can connect with your child so they feel immediately at ease. I endeavour to create an environment where children feel they can be themselves without fear or apprehension. A trusting relationship may take time to build, so patience and acceptance is key to enable counselling to be successful.
Children's counselling is different from adult counselling as often children do not have the vocabulary to explain, or have developed an understanding of how they feel or why they do things. These areas can be accessed through their play which provides a safe way for children to work through their problems, thoughts and feelings.
Quite often parents and carers will notice positive changes in behaviour as the therapy progresses, and children acquire a greater sense of self and confidence in themselves.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss individual cases and to gain further information about how our sessions would be structured to support your child, as I would be happy to explain so you feel fully informed.
Throughout my years of practice I have worked with a broad range of clients, and have experience of working with a wide range of issues. I have supported clients with specific mental health problems like anxiety and depression, helped clients who are struggling through bereavement, illness and loss, and worked with those who are experiencing all manner of difficulties and problems in relationships, to name a few. Additionally, I have specialist experience of working within different settings including many primary and secondary schools across Kent, within a hospice setting, inside a women's refuge and within a drug and alcohol addiction clinic. I also have much experience working with looked-after children in foster placements who are finding life challenging.
When considering whether to access counselling, you may naturally have questions, concerns or reservations. I am more than happy to discuss any of these by phone, text or email beforehand to help you feel more informed before making an appointment.
I believe counselling support needs to be accessible for everyone, and offer reduced rates in special circumstances as outlined below. For an introductory session where we can begin to talk about what is troubling you please email me using the link above, or text/phone me on 07887 406147 and we can arrange a convenient time to meet.
I offer flexibility regarding the amount of counselling sessions you wish to have, and the frequency you wish to have them. In my experience attending counselling sessions on a weekly basis is most beneficial, particularly to begin with, however I am happy to be guided by your requirements and personal situation so you remain in control. We can review your requirements at regular intervals and if things need to change.
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I can be found on their website, and work to their ethical code of conduct. I have an enhanced DBS check and am fully insured.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
CPCAB Certficate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Certificate in Working with Children.
Thought Field Therapy Algorithm practitioner
Neuroscience and Attachment Training
Working with Teenagers
Working with Boundaries
Working with Young People and Children with SEN Working with sexual abuse. Working therapeutically with groups
I have specialist experience and training within the following fields:
Addiction counselling (within a Kent Drug and Alcohol agency)
Domestic Violence (within women's refuges across Kent.)
Bereavement and grief counselling (within a Kent hospice)
In schools across Kent working with parents, children and adolescents.
Counselling Looked-after children in foster care placements
Working with Children with special educational needs.
In addition to this I have worked as a CPCAB Tutor, and have trained students at a Counselling college in counselling skills and studies to Level 3 standard.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
All single sessions per adult, adolescent or child are £40 each and 50 minutes in length.
Sessions are available at a reduced rate for those on a low income, please enquire.
Reduced rate sessions are available to all when a block of 6 sessions is booked. The total fee is £220 and full payment is required as the first of these sessions begins which is non refundable. This can be booked at any point during therapy.
Counselling students £25 - This reduced rate is for adults who are currently enrolled on a recognised Counselling course which requires personal therapy as part of the course requirements.
Payment can be made by cash or cheque at each session, or through bank transfer via mobile or internet banking on the day of your counselling session.
Parking is available.
Central discreet location which is easily accessible.
Please note that I may be in session with a client prior to your appointment time, and so arriving for your appointment at the agreed time would be most appreciated. Many thanks.
With regards particularly to adolescent and child counselling, I do not currently have an area for parents and carers to wait whilst the young person has their session. This would mean dropping off and collecting their young person at the start and end of each session.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday appointments available 9.30am - 8pm. Monday appointments available if specifically requested.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|