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About me

I'm Kat - a qualified and experienced person-centred counsellor who provides 1:1 talking therapy for adults and young people over the age of 12. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for clients to discuss their day to day problems or issues from their past, including childhood trauma.

I listen, reflect and support you to develop insight into what is going on for you.  I do not give advice, diagnose or teach techniques. You are the best expert on yourself so I know the answers are there inside you – they just may be very confused, distorted or hidden at the moment!  My aim is to support clients to increase their confidence so they know they are able to deal with their past and whatever may come up in the future.

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
• Bereavement
• Post-natal depression
• Divorce and relationship breakdown
• Work-related issues and unemployment
• Physical abuse and domestic violence
• Bullying and harassment
• Gender dysphoria/identity issues
• Self-harm

Training, qualifications & experience

I have nearly 20 years-experience working in children’s homes with some of this society's most damaged young people.  I 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.  While training, I completed placement hours were carried out with young people so that I could 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)

•         Equine Associated Learning

•         Equine Associated Therapy

·       Safeguarding and Child Protection

·       Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma

•         County Lines and Criminal Exploitation

•         GDPR (introduction to General Data Protection Regulation)

•         Forced Marriage Awareness

•         Mental Health First Aid

•         Domestic Abuse

•         A-Z of Your Head – teenage mental health

•         Channel General Awareness (Radicalisation)

•         Introduction to Transgender Identity

•         Protecting Children from Sexual Exploitation

•         Managing Actual and Potential Aggression

•         Self-Harm

•         Attachment & Trauma

•         Restorative Practice

•         Female Genital Mutilation: Recognising & Preventing FGM

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy


My current price for sessions is for £50 for 50 minutes but I am able to offer a discount to students or people on a low income, at a price of £40 per session.

Sessions generally take place on the same day and time on a weekly basis.

I charge a discounted rated of £25 for the first session as this covers a bit of paperwork - essential information that I require plus contracting around confidentiality.  This also gives you the chance to make sure this is the right type of counselling for you and that I'm the right counsellor.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed


Flexible hours including some evenings

Further information

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.  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.

42 Ventnor Rise

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
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

The layout of the counselling room and toilet facilities mean they can be accessed by people with some level of mobility difficulty but unfortunately are not fully wheelchair accessible

Types of client

Young people
Employee Assistance Programme


Kat Sydenham-Young, BSc, Dip Couns, MBACP

Kat Sydenham-Young, BSc, Dip Couns, MBACP