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Katherine Smalldon BA(Hons), PGCert., PGDip., Reg. MBACP (Ellipsis Counselling)

Newport, NP20 2BB 07759 697173 07759 697173
Newport, NP20 2BB
07759 697173 07759 697173

About me

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.

About me:

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).

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Life crisis


Dysfunctional defence mechanisms

Learning coping strategies


Family conflict

Relational patterns


Psychosomatic symptoms

Weight loss/weight gain

Negative/intrusive thoughts

Parenting difficulties

Post-natal depression

Illness/health issues

Aggression & violent behaviour
& others

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodrama
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


£40 per session

£30 per session for students/unwaged (ID required)

Payments are accepted in cash or via bank transfer.

Further information

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.

First session:

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.

Barnabas Arts House
New Ruperra Street
NP20 2BB

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


Katherine Smalldon BA(Hons), PGCert., PGDip., Reg. MBACP (Ellipsis Counselling)

Katherine Smalldon BA(Hons), PGCert., PGDip., Reg. MBACP (Ellipsis Counselling)

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