Kath Ward (MBACP)
Hi, I’m Kath and I’m a qualified person-centred counsellor. Basically that means I will offer you a welcoming space where you can take some time to explore whatever it is that’s brought you to the point of looking for a counsellor – or anything else that crops up along the way. My role is to listen to you and to help you hear what’s going on inside you more clearly; to provide a place where you are accepted as you are; and to be someone not connected to your day-to-day life to explore alongside you. Counselling isn’t just for moments of crisis, when life can feel difficult or overwhelming. It can also be for times when we feel generally ok - taking time to take stock of what’s going on in you and your life; or for exploring that niggle we sometimes get that something isn’t quite what we’d like it to be, even if we don’t know exactly what it is. Sometimes people come to counselling wanting to be told how to “fix” themselves. It’s important for you to know that I don’t have those answers for you, but I will do my best to help you find your own way through in a supportive, judgement-free environment.
One of the most important things in counselling is finding someone you feel comfortable enough to share your experiences with. It’s like any relationship – we don’t get along with everyone we meet, so it’s important to take some time to find out whether I (or any other counsellor) might be a good person to work with for you. To help you with that I offer an initial free 30 minute phone call or video conversation so you can get a better sense of what it may be like to work with me without any obligation for you to agree to future sessions.
There's a list of categories below giving an idea of the areas I work with. I don't believe that people fall neatly into tick box descriptions and am aware that what we thought we are seeking help with, might turn out to be something else entirely. I'm very happy to discuss with you what it is you feel you would like support with, and whether I am able to provide that support.
If you do decide to work with me, I offer 50 minute sessions on short term or long term basis as suits your needs, and have some flexibility in the hours I can offer. Currently, I offer counselling on the phone or online via Zoom. You can decide which would suit you best, however it’s important to note that you will need a quiet space, where you’re unlikely to be overheard or distracted during our meetings.
I hope this information is helpful to you in your decision making. If you have any questions, please contact me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a diploma in Person Centred Counselling and am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. This means that I adhere to their code of ethics in my work.
In addition to the diploma course, I have undertaken further study in a variety of areas as part of my continuing professional development - such as gender identity, neuroscience, bereavement, suicidal thoughts/feelings, and online counselling.
I have been volunteering with a local charity, working with both adults and young people for over 5 years.
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
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer an initial 30 minute conversation for no charge. Counselling sessions are charged at £45 for a 50 minute session.
I am happy to work on a short or long term basis. Sessions are usually weekly, but fortnightly is also possible.
I can offer sessions Monday-Friday evenings, and Wednesday afternoons.