Talking about our thoughts, feelings and experiences can help us make sense of things, feel more in control and improve relationships with ourselves and others. Counselling can unburden us from problems, so we can move forward positively and confidently, or make difficult decisions in our life.
Maybe you have no-one to talk to and feel very alone with your difficulties. Perhaps you are finding it difficult to understand things yourself and need to explore how you feel. Whether you feel depressed, anxious, angry, stressed, out of control or don’t really know how you feel, you do not have to struggle alone.
The thought of talking about ourselves can feel risky, we may feel vulnerable sharing our innermost personal problems with a stranger. However, talking to a professional who is neutral and independent of your situation is often easier. An objective perspective can help you to work out what you need, and help you see things more clearly.
Choosing a counsellor is important because you will get the most from counselling if you develop a trusting relationship, and feel comfortable and safe in their company. The counselling I provide is warm, caring and non-judgemental. I listen with kindness and understanding, respecting your feelings, which are a part of you. My priority is to support you to be truly honest in working through difficulties, building self confidence, awareness and self acceptance. We can work through overwhelming thoughts, feelings and problems together.
I offer counselling support to young people from 12 years old, all adults and seniors. I work in a comfortable and confidential private practice setting.
I am trained as a Humanistic counsellor, and am influenced by the Humanistic approaches to counselling. This means our time together will focus on you and what you want to talk about in each session.
The first session
The first session is an assessment session, a chance to meet each other and see if we would like to work together. In this session I will take some personal details and ask questions to understand your needs and get to know you. We will establish what you want to get from counselling and how we may work together. You can ask me any questions so you feel fully informed, including how counselling works if this is new to you. I make a few notes in this session although this is usually the only time notes are taken.
Counselling young people
Young people experience many pressures in today's world. Navigating their lives at a time of huge physical, mental and emotional transition from child to adult can be distressing, confusing and overwhelming. Young people typically experience emotional vulnerability and relationship difficulties at this important life stage.
I support young people in making sense of this challenging time. Positive validation of strengths and possibilities develops their understanding of who they are and promotes self confidence, acceptance and esteem. I ensure counselling work is age appropriate and adapted to each young person to honour their individual stage of maturity. Alongside conversation we may use play, creative media, practical techniques and strategies.
I endeavour to establish a friendly, compassionate, honest, non-judgemental environment so young people feel at ease to talk about whatever is troubling them. I have experience of working with various problems like low self esteem, depression and anxiety.
I am happy to discuss individual situations and problems with parents and carers who feel concerned for their young person and would like further information or support. Please feel free to contact me to discuss how sessions may be structured to support your child, helping you feel fully informed.
I have experience helping many people from all backgrounds, presenting with a wide range of issues as highlighted below.
As well as working in private practice, I have specialist experience of working within specific settings across Kent.
This includes working in primary and secondary schools working with all ages and issues, including supporting looked-after children in foster placements. I have also worked in a Kent hospice, supporting people through personal illness, with bereaved family members or those supporting loved ones with a terminal diagnosis. My experience of working inside Women's refuges across Kent has equipped me to work effectively 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.
Making Contact. When considering whether to start counselling, you may naturally have questions and concerns. I am happy to discuss any of these by phone, text or email beforehand to help you feel more informed before making an appointment.
To book an introductory session please email, leave a text message or phone me. I do have my phone switched off when I am counselling, so please leave a message and I will get in touch with you as soon as possible.
I am flexible regarding the number or frequency of counselling sessions you wish to have. In my experience weekly counselling sessions is beneficial 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 qualified professional, I am 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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Initial assessment session £50 (All adults and young people)
All subsequent sessions £50 (All adults and young people.)
All sessions are 50 minutes in length.
Counselling students £40 - 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. This reduced rate is for the duration of the course and ends once the course is completed or the student ceases attending.
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 prior to the first session.
Tuesday 10am - 8pm
Wednesday 10am - 8pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Central discreet location which is easily accessible.
Please be aware I am unable to start earlier than an 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 counselling young people, 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 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 pub nearby where parents and carers can purchase food, tea and coffee. Alternatively they are welcome to wait in their vehicle outside.