About me

Life especially at this time, can seem overwhelming and our usual ways of coping may not be providing the relief they once did. Counselling can be sought when you are unhappy, lonely, in distress, or are feeling lost or stuck unable to move forwards towards self acceptance and your goals.

Counselling can be a frightening prospect, a leap into the unknown. Whatever your reason for seeking help, I believe that in providing you with time in a safe confidential space, free of judgment, you can start to talk freely about your concerns and worries.  My role is to listen with empathy, and build a trusting relationship, not to advise you, but to collaborate with you in working towards identifying your challenges and goals.

I work from a standpoint that ensures you are supported in response to your individual needs, allowing you to seek your own answers, to build upon your personal strategies to assist you in your journey towards happiness and your full potential.

My practice is based in Whitstable, and offers free parking and single floor access. Currently I am able to see clients on the days available, within a week of first contact made.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications:

  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts 
  • Teaching Qualifications QTS
  • Trained in Mental Health First Aid 
  • Psychological First Aid: Supporting Children and Young People

Continued Training:

  • From January: Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Relationship Therapy

Individual Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

I hold a current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), professional insurance and public liability insurance.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Unexpected Mood Swings
  • Family Member Conflict
  • Harmful Thoughts
  • Isolation 
  • Strained Relationships

Fees

Additional information

Counselling is available to Individuals,  Adolescents and Children, I predominantly work in person but am able to offer telephone counselling, all sessions last 50 minutes, taking place weekly, at a cost of £40.

Once you contact me, we can arrange an assessment  where you can explain what you would like from the counselling process, ask questions and see if you feel I am the right counsellor for you. 

The assessment lasts an hour and is at the same cost as all other therapy sessions. Any contact is treated with the upmost confidentially.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

On Monday I work with my telephone clients, Thursday and Friday are my spaces available for face to face client work.

Further information

I believe counselling can be highly effective as a preventative measure we can all take to protect and nurture our mental health. We are used to investing in our physical health, why not our mental health too?

Counselling can be sought when you start to experience stress and worries, when issues begin to impact your happiness, relationships or work, and when your coping mechanisms seem overwhelmed. 

As with our physical health taking steps early cannot only prevent worsening mental health issues, but also prevent a need for longer term counselling in the future.

Whitstable
Kent
CT5

Type of session

In person
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Single storey access

Kate Ledger

Kate Ledger