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


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

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Additional information

£60 per session


Monday, Wednesday and Friday daytimes


St Albans

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Parking available

Kate Renner

Kate Renner