Katherine Elks - Dip. Couns, MBACP
As a person-centred counsellor, I strongly believe, and the experience of my clients supports this, that we each have in us the potential for self-understanding and acceptance of who we truly are. I work to build and sustain a supportive and non-judgmental relationship with my clients so that they feel accepted, valued and understood. This relationship can then provide the basis for exploring whatever difficulty my client is bringing to our sessions; trauma, loss, anxiety, depression, low mood or just something that is niggling and somehow not yet understood. The process of self-discovery can then happen at a pace and depth to suit each individual client.
It can sometimes be very difficult to talk to friends and family, we often fear their rejection or judgement or we protect them by not sharing our innermost feelings. It can also sometimes be true that modern lifestyles are simply too busy to find the right opportunity. I offer a confidential counselling service and aim to support you in exploring whatever issues you wish to talk about. Our talking therapy sessions can provide an environment and opportunity for self-discovery. At the start of the process, clients can sometimes feel overwhelmed, helpless and that change is impossible. However, my firm belief and experiences, my own and those of my clients, is that self-acceptance and personal growth are achievable.
I have experience with a wide spectrum of client issues, ages, ethnicities and cultures. I work with clients in an open-ended way and also have experience of short-term work.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at Metanoia as a person-centred counsellor and completed a Diploma.
As well as private practice, I have experience of work in the NHS and two local charities where I continue to work as a volunteer counsellor one day each week. One of these charities supports clients following bereavement which can be a particularly difficult time for clients as they deal with complex and often overwhelming feelings as they come to terms with their loss and attempt to move on with their lives.
Prior to qualifying as a therapist, I worked for many years in state education as a secondary school teacher. In fact, it was this experience of seeing young people in various states of emotional distress that prompted my decision to retrain. I passionately believe that early and appropriate support for young people can enable them to lead happy and fulfilled lives. I have considerable experience of supporting teenagers. I also have experience of supporting parents with their children.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a free 'getting to know each other' assessment session to establish what a client is seeking from therapy, to see whether we can successfully build a working relationship and to go over some of the practical details (cancellation arrangements, confidentiality policy etc). This taster session lasts 20 minutes and can be face to face or over the phone.
Subsequent sessions are £50 per hour when I work from home.
Fees for my clinic work can be discussed separately.
Concessions offered for
If you are considering therapy but unsure whether to proceed, I am happy to talk this through with you and answer any of your questions. Should that be the case, please call or email , leave your contact details and I will get back to you.