Sometimes it can be difficult to talk with family and friends about our worries or struggles, and talking to someone outside of your situation can often be easier and feel safer. Having a supportive confidant that is solely there for you, to listen and understand how you are feeling, can help you to feel lighter, clearer and unburdened. Then you can make sense of the things that are troubling you and find a way forward.
Maybe you feel there is no-one who you can talk to, and feel very alone with your difficulties. Perhaps you are finding it difficult to understand yourself and need to explore how you feel. Whatever your situation, you do not have to feel alone.
The counselling I provide is warm, non-judgemental and understanding. Being open and honest without fear of judgement, can bring huge relief, self acceptance and unburden you from suppressed thoughts, feelings and fears.
An objective perspective can help you to work out who you are, what you need, and help you see things more clearly. With improved self awareness and a greater understanding of your thoughts and feelings, you will feel more in control of your life, and have a better relationship with yourself and others.
When making the decision to talk to a counsellor it is important to choose a counsellor who you feel comfortable with, someone you can trust and who you will feel safe talking to. Then you can begin to work through overwhelming thoughts, feelings and problems. We can work through them together. I offer counselling support to children aged 5 years and above, teenagers, 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 make you feel 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, and will help you feel more at ease.
The first session is an assessment session, and is slightly different from further sessions. It will include taking some personal details from you, establishing how we will work together and explaining how counselling works if this is new to you. It will involve finding out more about you, your situation and the difficulties you are having in general. We will assess your needs, explore what you want from counselling and agree what is possible from the sessions. I do make a few written notes throughout, and this is the only time notes are taken in session. You can ask me any questions so you feel fully informed.
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.
Counselling for Teenagers
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 teens 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 teenagers 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 these conditions.
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.
****PLEASE NOTE DUE TO COVID-19 I AM UNABLE TO PROVIDE COUNSELLING SUPPORT TO CHILDREN AT THIS CURRENT TIME****
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 may be structured to support your child, helping 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, working with all ages and with issues from challenging behaviour through to severe anxiety and stress.
I have also worked in a Kent hospice, supporting many clients through personal illness or with family members whose loved ones may be facing a terminal diagnosis, as well as with those who have suffered a bereavement and are finding life very difficult.
My experience of working inside Women's refuges across Kent has equipped me with experience working with domestic abuse in all its forms and guises, and the impact this has on women and their families.
I have worked within a Kent based clinic specialising in Drug and Alcohol addiction, working with clients experiencing struggles and difficulties following periods of abstinence.
I also have much experience working within school settings with Looked-after children in foster placements who are finding life challenging, and who present with challenging behaviour or anxiety and stress.
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.
To enquire about booking 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.
Couples counselling Mindfulness / Compassionate Living
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.
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
Each session is £40 for adults, teenagers and children.
All sessions are 50 minutes in length.
For children who may benefit from a shorter counselling session, I offer a 30 minute session for £30.
I offer a limited number of concessions. Please enquire if you have difficult circumstances to discuss reduced rate sessions.
Counselling students £30 - 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 is due on the day of the counselling session either in cash or bank transfer via mobile/internet banking. Account details for bank transfer are provided at the first session.
Concessions offered for
Parking is available.
Central discreet location which is easily accessible.
Please be aware that due to other client bookings, I am unable to start earlier than the agreed appointment time, or extend the session time if you are late arriving. Therefore arriving for each appointment at the agreed time is important and most appreciated. Many thanks.
For adolescent and child counselling, I do not currently have a waiting area for parents and carers to wait whilst the young person has their counselling session. This means parents and carers dropping off and collecting all young people at the start and end of each session. Parents and carers are welcomed in to see the counselling room for the young person’s first session, to ensure everyone feels comfortable with all arrangements. There is a nearby bar/restaurant which parents and carers can access whilst waiting for their child and can purchase food/ tea and coffee etc. Alternatively they are welcome to wait in their vehicle in the parking area.