Katherine Smalldon BA (Hons), PGCert. PGDip. Reg. MBACP (Ellipsis Counselling)
Robbin's Lane Studios
My name is Kate Smalldon, and I'm a qualified integrative counsellor/psychotherapist, located near the city centre of Newport, South Wales. 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.
Whatever the problem is, every person, situation and experience is different. Tell me your story. I want to understand.
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 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).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Dysfunctional defence mechanisms
Learning coping strategies
Weight loss/weight gain
Aggression & violent behaviour
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Existential therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Humanistic therapies
- Other therapies
- Person-centred therapy
- Psychoanalytic therapy
- Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
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£35 per session
£25 per session for students/unwaged (ID required)
10% discount for pre-paid block bookings. For example: 6 sessions at full rate = £189, 6 session at student rate = £135 etc
Payments are accepted in cash or via bank transfer.
My therapy room is accessible to wheelchair users or those with mobility problems, and has a disabled W/C.
Contact & Appointments
Unfortunately I cannot offer a 24 hour/emergency service, so contact should be reserved for discussing appointments or questions only, within the stated working hours. If you require immediate help, please contact Samaritans on 116 123 (UK) as the first port of call, and I would be happy to work with you at my earliest available opportunity.
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.
For each session, I will meet you outside the studio 10 minutes before your appointment time, and this will give us chance to settle in and make tea/coffee etc before starting.
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
My schedule is flexible, and I can offer sessions between the hours of 7.30am and 9pm, 7 days a week. Just text or email me to arrange an appointment.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|