Katherine Smalldon BA(Hons), PGCert., PGDip., Reg. MBACP (Ellipsis Counselling)
My name is Kate Smalldon, and I'm a qualified, BACP registered, integrative counsellor/psychotherapist with 5 years experience and I'm located near the city centre of Newport, South Wales at Barnabas Arts House. My aim for setting up a therapy practice was to provide help and support to those who are struggling with life's challenges.
Do you feel as though something in your life isn't right? Maybe you've found yourself at a crossroads, unsure of where to go next. You might want support with reaching a decision, or facing your past. You might be looking to address relational or behavioural patterns, or want someone to help you cope through a current crisis. It might be none of those things.
It could be difficult to explain, and others don't seem to understand:- all you know is that you don't want to feel like it anymore, and you want things to be different.
As the name Ellipsis suggests, I want to help you break the silence. It can be really difficult to open up to someone about something that is deeply personal, which is why I will take the process at your own pace, offering an impartial and confidential space.
You are free to disclose as much or as little as you wish, and you are free to leave or return to therapy at any time.
Before I qualified as a counsellor, my background was within the health and social care sector; working with learning disabled adults which I enjoyed alongside my counselling training.
I have also worked with university students in several universities across South Wales; supporting their mental health as a Specialist Mentor.
I have worked with people from all walks of life such as refugees, prison leavers, those experiencing homelessness, addiction and trauma.
I have a special interest in working with those who are facing a crisis, and I use a lot of philosophical inquiry during my therapy because of my qualification in Social Studies. It is because of this that existential therapy seemed like the perfect fit for informing the majority of my counselling approach.
I have also worked and volunteered for various counselling providers such as Affordable Talk Counselling Agency, Sesame Counselling Newport, SWCAP and the NHS. This experience has given me confidence in delivering short term therapy in a solution-focused way. It was also a great opportunity to work with a huge variety of issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold the following formal qualifications:
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Level 7)
Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling (Level 6)
BA (Hons) Counselling & Social Studies (Level 6)
I also have further training in: Counselling older adults (2019) Interpersonal therapy for depression (2019), Gestalt, Suicide Prevention (2014), Mental Health, Ethics (February 2015), Positive Behaviour Management (April 2014), Autism (December 2013), Introduction to Learning Disabilities (September 2013), First Aid (September 2013), Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults (September 2013), Deprivation of Liberty (September 2013), Self Harm and Suicide (September 2013), Health and Safety (August 2013).
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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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Dysfunctional defence mechanisms
Learning coping strategies
Weight loss/weight gain
Aggression & violent behaviour
£40 per session
£30 per session for students/unwaged (ID required)
Payments are accepted in cash or via bank transfer.
What To Expect
The number of sessions we can have is up to you. You can leave therapy whenever you like, or we can negotiate an ending to work towards. Short-term therapy is usually up to a maximum of 8 sessions, while long-term therapy can be anything from 8 sessions onwards -sometimes continuing for several years.
Sessions last between 50 and 60 minutes, and are usually carried out weekly, but I am happy to negotiate frequency based on your need.
During the first session it is helpful for me to identify your hopes, fears and expectations so I will know how to support you. It’s a good opportunity for you to take charge, and tell me as much as you can about what you want (or don’t want!) from therapy so you can achieve the best outcome. This process is on-going, and I welcome questions and feedback throughout the duration.
Our first session will also include reading and signing a standard working agreement which outlines policies such as lateness, confidentiality, note-taking etc. If you would like to read the agreement before our first session, don’t hesitate to contact me.