Katherine Smalldon BA (Hons), PGCert. PGDip. Reg. MBACP (Ellipsis Counselling)
Hi, I'm Kate Smalldon. I'm a qualified integrative counsellor/psychotherapist with 5 years experience, 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.
If you feel as though something in your life isn’t right or your unsure of where to go next; you may benefit from counselling. You may want support with reaching a decision, or healing from 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.
As the name Ellipsis suggests, I want to help you move forward. It can be difficult to open up to someone about something that is deeply personal; this is why you can set the pace and feel confident in the knowledge that you won't be judged.
Whatever the problem is, every person, situation and experience is different. 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 still within the health and social care sector; working with learning disabled adults. This experience has given me confidence in working with learning disabilities/SLDs in a counselling capacity.
I have also done work with university students. My work centered around 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 an 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.
After qualifying I managed to secure employment with Affordable Talk Counselling Agency 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.
I'm also a committee member of Sesame Counselling Service which is a charity I've been involved with for the past 5 years. I started as a volunteer counsellor, then moved into a management committee role where I help with the running of the service and decision making processes within the charity.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold the following formal qualifications and I have 5 years experience of working as a counsellor in several agencies and the NHS; plus working with university students at Cardiff Uni, USW and Cardiff Metropolitan to support their mental health during their studies.
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 Interpersonal therapy for depression, 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).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- 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
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- 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
£40 per session
£30 per session for students/unwaged (ID required)
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.
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|
Types of client