Kat Sydenham-Young, BSc, Dip Couns, MBACP
Hi, I'm Kat and I am a qualified and experienced person-centred counsellor who provides 1:1 talking therapy for adults and young people over the age of 12. I aim to offer a confidential and safe space for clients to discuss their day to day problems or issues from their past, including childhood trauma.
I work from the Person-Centred Perspective. This means that I do not give advice, diagnose or teach techniques. I believe that you are the best expert on yourself, so I aim to listen and talk through things with you for you to try and find your own solutions and way forward. The answers are there inside you – they just may be very confused, distorted or hidden at the moment!
There is no set timescale or limit to sessions. Some clients may find that only a very small number is enough, some may feel they need longer. My approach is to work at the pace you feel comfortable with. There is no expectation on if or when you want to cover certain issues, this is your choice and I respect the reasons for you holding back if you feel you need to.
I have worked with people experiencing a variety of difficulties including:
• Rape and sexual abuse
• Substance misuse
• Depression and anxiety
• Post-traumatic stress disorder
• Post-natal depression
• Divorce and relationship breakdown
• Work-related issues and unemployment
• Physical abuse and domestic violence
• Bullying and harassment
• Gender dysphoria/identity issues
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 18 years-experience of directly working in residential child care (children’s homes) with some of the most damaged young people in our society and also have experience of working with adults and children with learning difficulties. I trained towards a general therapeutic counselling qualification (rather than specialising in children) so that I could work with both adults and young people, however 25% of my placement hours were carried out with young people. I therefore offer my service to both adults and young people, generally over the age of 12, so they are able to give informed consent around confidentiality.
I hold a diploma in Therapeutic Counselling as well as a First-Class degree (with honours) in Psychology. I also hold various qualifications in child care, having worked within social care / residential child for nearly two decades.
I hold a current enhanced DBS certificate, am fully insured and am also a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) which means I am committed to adhering to their Ethical Framework. I undergo regular supervision to ensure to review my caseloads and ensure that I am working to best of my ability.
I am highly committed to Continued Professional Development and have completed a vast range of development and training activities. Within the last few years this has included:
• Level 1 training in DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy)
• Safeguarding and child protection refresher training (2019)
• County lines and criminal exploitation
• GDPR (introduction to General Data Protection Regulation)
• Forced marriage awareness
• Mental health first aid
• Domestic abuse
• Child Protection and Safeguarding
• A-Z of your head – teenage mental health
• Introduction to Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning
• Channel General Awareness (Radicalisation)
• Introduction to Transgender Identity
• Protecting Children from Sexual Exploitation
• Managing Actual and Potential Aggression
• Emergency First Aid at Work
• Attachment & Trauma
• Restorative Practice
• Female Genital Mutilation: Recognising & Preventing FGM
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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Areas of counselling I deal with
My current price for sessions is for £45 for 50 minutes but I am able to offer a discount to students or people on a low income, at a price of £35 per session.
Sessions generally take place on the same day and time on a weekly basis.
The first session usually takes about 30 minutes and I charge just £20 for this initial meeting. This will cover assessment (to make sure this is the type of counselling that you want and that I can meet your needs) and agreements for our sessions. You will also still probably be working out whether you feel I am the right counsellor for you.
Concessions offered for
My counselling room is discreetly located in a summer house in my back garden and creates a very a peaceful and comfortable space. Due to the location / lay out of the setting, this can be accessed by people with some mobility difficulties but the counselling room and toilet facilities are not fully wheelchair accessible.
This located approximately 10 minutes-drive from Nottingham City centre and there is ample on street parking (with no restrictions). We are close to a number of main bus routes as we are approximately 5 minutes-walk from the Nottingham City Hospital.
I am also currently offering sessions via Zoom or by phone.
I can be contacted by email or by phone (text messaging is fine): 07970 876303 or 0115 8545529
You can phone to speak with me to see if this type of counselling is something you want to pursue, we would usually then arrange an initial session to meet face to face.