Kate West, MBACP (Accred) Couple and Family Psychotherapist
I am a qualified and experienced Integrative counsellor and I use a combined approach, drawing on Attachment focussed, Systemic, Person Centred, EFT, CBT, and Psychodynamic Therapies. This allows me to tailor the way I work to your individual needs and circumstances.
I particularly specialise in relationship work, whether this be with couples, families, adult siblings, or individuals struggling with their intimate relationships. In my work with relationships I draw most heavily from the model of Emotionally Focussed therapy (EFT). EFT is an experiential attachment-based and systemic approach that focuses on accessing and healing emotions and strengthening relational bonds by facilitating new ways of talking and responding to significant others.
The goals of EFT are to go within and between and process the emotions that drive each partner's habitual responses, and facilitate bonding conversations that redefine the relationship as safe and secure. Emotion is the key agent of change as we are driven by emotions and intellectual insight isn't enough to create lasting change - EFT has such high efficacy through it being an experiential process rooted in our attachment needs.
Often we learn not to follow our emotions, or we scramble them in to something that’s very at odds with what we’re really feeling. By slowing this process down and expanding the space between trigger and response we can change those old patterns that can feel stuck and deeply entrenched, restoring emotional closeness, physical intimacy, personal and relationship well-being.
For more information on EFT have a look here: https://iceeft.com/what-is-eft/
EFT is a particularly good model for de-escalating conflict and working with couples that are either ambivalent or have lost hope that they could restore the emotional safety and connection they once felt. But there are of course many reasons people seek help with their relationships - for more information on some of these areas and my approach please have a look here: https://www.relationshipclinicsussex.co.uk/3/What-We-Do.html
If you'd like to talk more about family therapy then do please contact me and we can talk about the process as it varies depending on the presenting problem. I work with multiple family members usually meeting at first altogether but then we'd typically break in to smaller dyads and triads. I also work with adult siblings, or with friendships.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 15 years experience, beginning with training at ChildLine in 2006 before then going on to study for a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Therapeutic Counselling at The University of Brighton. I also have a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) from the Wimbledon Guild, a certificate in Relationship Counselling from the Tavistock Centre for Couples and Relationships, completion of the full EFT (Emotionally Focussed Therapy) training, as well as EFT for families level 1 and 2, and EFT for individuals level 1.
I’m an Accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists: www.bacp.co.uk) and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions - this can be viewed by clicking this link (and includes detail on principles around confidentiality): http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/
I'm committed to continuing professional development and regularly attending CPD days as well as completing additional training in more specialised areas including:
· Emotionally Focussed Therapy for Couples, ICEEFT Externship, March 2018
· Emotionally Focussed Therapy Core Skills (parts 1&2) September 2018
· Emotionally Focussed Therapy Core Skills (parts 3&4) Nov-Dec 2018
· EFT Summer School, working with Trauma and attachment injuries, July 2019
· EFT for Families, November 2019 and November 2020
· Emotionally Focussed Individual Therapy with Sue Johnson, August 2020.
· The Dynamics of Violence and Reconciliation (Brighton Therapy Partnership
· Understanding Shame and Humiliation in Couple Relationships (CfED)
· Attachment, Neuroscience and 21st Century Psychotherapy (CfED)
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Couples, families, EFT
Please contact me for information around fees as it depends on individual or couple work, the duration of session (whether it be 50 minutes or a longer intensive session of 75 minutes) and on the time of day. I operate a sliding scale of fees subject to a minimum and maximum. I also offer a couple of low cost sessions for low income.
I believe in the importance of the therapeutic relationship and offer a free 15-20 minute phone consultation as first step. This provides you the opportunity to ask any questions and to see if we would feel comfortable working together. Then if moving forward in the process we'd meet for an initial consultation.
Sessions are normally 50 minutes in duration for both individuals and couples. I also offer 75 minutes to couples who want sessions of longer duration (where I'm able).
Counselling can seem quite daunting and the relationship between counsellor and client(s) is key to the success of the work. The initial session will provide the opportunity for you to see if you feel I'm a good 'fit' for you. From here we’ll discuss how to progress forward and hopefully be able to book a regular weekly session. I’ll aim to provide some guidance in the initial session as to how many sessions I feel will be required, but this is also something that we’ll review as we go.
The assessment process for couples typically takes 3 sessions, the first altogether, then I recommend an individual session each.