Kate Swan MBACP Reg., COSRT
I am an experienced therapist using a range of client-centred (humanistic) approaches, also offering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), to work with individuals of any race, culture, religion or any sexual orientation (LGBTQ). I see adults for a wide range of emotional problems and relationship issues.
I work with both specific issues and psychotherapeutically, for short or longer term work, as required.
I am currently undertaking a post-graduate training in Psychosexual Therapy, and can offer this to both individuals and couples, for both relationship and sex therapy.
I am gentle, supportive, respectful and genuine, with a strong belief in the quality of the relationship between us as being crucial to the outcomes of therapy. I aim to offer a confidential, safe, warm and non-judgmental environment in which you and I co-create a space where you may share and explore your inner thoughts and feelings. Authenticity and genuineness are at the heart of my practice, with a fundamental respect for your autonomy throughout our work together.
I am an integrative practitioner which means that I use a number of theoretical models as appropriate to each individual's needs. My core way of working is Person-Centred, although I offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to address specific problems which may benefit from a more structured approach.
My first therapy training combined the Person Centred Approach, Existential therapy and Transactional Analysis.
I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and work with absolute respect for their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy.
I receive regular clinical supervision, ensuring ethical and safe practice is maintained.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Humanistic (CPCAB)
Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Skills & Theory (CPCAB)
Diploma in Individual & Group Supervision: Counselling, Psychotherapy & Related Professions (Cascade)
Diploma in Casework Supervision (ABC)
Advanced Diploma in Psychosexual Therapy (in progress)
Integrative Counselling Lecturer
I have worked for a number of years in Primary Care settings taking GP referrals, for both short and longer term work in the treatment of common life issues.
I am also an experienced school counsellor, having worked for a number of years with children and young people aged 11-18.
I am an F.E. lecturer in counselling, facilitating Integrative/Person Centred courses, up to advanced diploma level.
My private practice is located in Aylesbury.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Working with Relationship and/or Sexual Issues
I work with both individuals and couples (and other kinds of relationships) to explore relationship issues. It can be valuable to have the space to explore your own patterns of relating, which can be reparative and healing for you, allowing authentic and satisfying adult relationships of your choosing to follow.
I am currently undertaking further training in Integrative Psychosexual Therapy, and work with a range of psychosexual issues, for example,
- Sexual shame
- Recovery from sexual violence as an adult or a child
- Sexuality and gender identity
- Difficulties with arousal and desire
- Development of the sexual self and sexual self understanding/acceptance (Sexual Health)
- Sexual relationship difficulties where attachment issues may be present
- Couples and other relationships, including the deepening of the relationship or attending to sexual difficulties
- Recovery after betrayal or relationship breakdown
My belief is that sexual health, and the ownership of a healthy sense of individual sexuality, is a vital part of our humanity. Therefore, it can be so very valuable to have a space in which this significant part of a person's sense of identity and sexual expression can be explored, validated and developed. I aim to bring a gentle, non-shaming approach that can help facilitate this, recognising very much how difficult it can be to talk about your sexuality and sexual difficulties. You will always be met with warmth, respect and recognition of your autonomy and choices.
Working with Anxiety
I have a special interest in anxiety disorders and believe CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to be an especially effective enabler of insight when combined with a trusting, warm and safe therapeutic relationship. CBT works with the premise that all feelings and behaviours are generated by the thoughts we believe - "I think, I feel, I act", always in that order. When these thoughts and beliefs are accessed and explored, new understanding and behaviours are possible which enhance enjoyment in life, resourcefulness and resilience in difficult situations.
Examples of Anxiety Disorders which respond well to CBT-type interventions are:
- Social Anxiety (including eating & drinking in public, public speaking)
- Health Anxiety
- OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Existential concerns are present for all humans; how do we live in the world and accept the inevitable anxiety created by the existential angsts of: Freedom versus responsibility; the quest for meaning & purpose; the need to be meaningfully connected in human relationship; and the difficulty of endings, of which death is the ultimate? Here, a connection to the here and now of our existence can be liberating; through the practice of mindfulness it is possible to live fully the moment you are in, where anxiety is met with a trust in our inner resources, and a tolerance of uncertainty can be nurtured.
CPD training I have undertaken includes: Working with Embodiment in Psychotherapy; Attachment and Couples Relationships; Integration of Psychotherapeutic perspectives; Attachment patterns linked to recent neuroscientific advances; and Susie Orbach's New Approaches to Working with Bodies.
All professional development and learning informs the work that I do, and hence what I offer therapeutically.
I also subscribe to these BACP specialist divisions:
- Association for Pastoral and Spiritual Care and Counselling (APSCC)
- Counselling Children & Young People (CCYP)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
I charge half the agreed fee for the initial session, without obligation, which gives us an opportunity to meet each other, ensuring that what I am able to offer feels right for you. It’s also an opportunity for you to ask any questions and to be comfortable beginning to work together.
I charge £50 per session, sessions are of 50 minutes' duration.
£60 for a 60 minute session, or £90 for sessions of 90 minutes.
Evening appointments are available on a flexible basis.
Concessional rates may be negotiated dependent on individual circumstances.
I also offer clinical supervision of client work for both individual practitioners and groups. Please do ask for more details if you and some peers would like to form a facilitated supervision group.
Maps & Directions
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Supervision & training
I am a fully qualified clinical supervisor, working with individuals or groups from an integrative perspective.