Kate Renner MA, PgDip, MBACP

Kate Renner MA, PgDip, MBACP


St Albans


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About me

I am a psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work with adults, young people and older adults on an open-ended basis.

I have particular experience in working with:

Low self-esteem,
Bereavement and loss,
Emotional neglect,
Sexual abuse,
Sexual identity,
Coping with stressful work environments,
Family breakdowns (child’s and adult’s perspective),
Parenting issues,
Identity issues,
Self-harm and self-sabotaging behaviours.

I will provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space within which to explore whatever is troubling you. People attend counselling for many varied reasons with everyone’s story being unique. Maybe you’re feeling unheard and powerless in your relationships, maybe you’re feeling lost or very low or constantly angry. Maybe you’re feeling out of touch with your feelings altogether. Counselling can give you the chance to stop and focus on you and your feelings: to process and understand what you are experiencing.

Painful feelings, troubled relationships and repeated patterns of behaviour will often in some way have their roots in past experiences.  It can be difficult, however, to see the connections and to understand how our past experiences are impacting upon our lives today.  It’s not always easy to see how we relate to ourselves and to others and to see how we get in the way of ourselves.  Together, and at your pace, we can explore underlying anxieties, beliefs and thought processes and hidden parts of your “self” with the aim of moving towards greater self-awareness, self-acceptance and a stronger feeling of ownership over your life.

I undertake regular supervision of my work in line with BACP guidelines. I carry professional liability insurance and I hold a current DBS clearance.

Feel free to email or call me to arrange an initial session which will give you the opportunity to talk about what has prompted you to seek counselling and to decide whether counselling is something you would like to pursue.  Sessions are 50 minutes once a week, at a regular time agreed between us.

Training, qualifications & experience

MA (Distinction) in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Hertfordshire.

Post Graduate Diploma (Distinction) in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Hertfordshire.

Diploma in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Hertfordshire.

Diploma in Gestalt Therapy from The Albany Centre, St Albans.

BA Honours in Modern Languages from the University of Bristol

I am a staff counsellor at The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living as well as working in private practice in Harpenden and St Albans.

Previous to counselling, I worked within investment banking and commodities trading.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


£50 per session

Maps & Directions

Harpenden, AL5
St Albans, AL1

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No

Parking available


Monday, Wednesday and Friday daytimes and some evening availability

Types of client

Young people
Older adults