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About me

I am currently working online only via Zoom.

Life and relationships can sometimes have us feel like we are being tossed around in a stormy sea. How to cope, wondering who I am or why does this keep happening to me can often be questions we ask ourselves. Sometimes it’s not appropriate or possible to talk with those close to you, and so having someone like a counsellor may be of help at this time.

You may not know why you feel this way, and that’s ok too. We can work this out together.

I believe calming that tension between who we are and who we feel we should be can be the start to giving ourselves that much needed compassion we often lack in providing ourselves. I will not tell you how to feel, think or live your life, my role is to help you find the answers you may have already. I feel that you know yourself more than anyone.

For me counselling is about providing a safe space to be who we really are, warts and all, while building a nurturing relationship. My training and experience as an Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counsellor means that I can draw upon different theoretical approaches. Working in this way I can provide individual counselling to meet a person’s own unique needs.

My own personal journey, I feel, provides me with the compassion and understanding of what it can be like when faced with times of despair, seemingly impossible situations, and self acceptance. Prior to counselling I have 5 years’ experience as a Samaritan Listening Volunteer which has given me the privilege of supporting many different people, in all times of their life, with issues that affect us all; everyone has their own story. I’ve also experience of loss, especially of a parent during young adult years and the affect this has on a journey into adulthood.

Training, qualifications & experience

Aside to my private practice I work in a pupil referral unit offering counselling to parents and children who find themselves struggling in mainstream education. I also work within a counselling network that primarily supports adults who suspect or are diagnosed with ADHD. In both these roles I work with problems such as relationship issues, domestic abuse, parenting, bereavement, isolation, loneliness and low self-esteem. All of which can create anxiety and or depression and effect our self-worth.

I hold individual membership of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I agree with and work within their code of practice called the Ethical Framework.

Level 5 Diploma CPCAB Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Psychodynamic/Integrative) completion 2021

Level 4 Diploma CPCAB Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative)

Level 3 Diploma CPCAB Counselling Studies

Level 2 Diploma CPCAP Counselling Skills

Foundation in Art Therapy BAAT 2014 (London)

BA Hons Product Design 1995 (Central St Martins)

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Fees

Additional information

If this is your first experience of counselling you may be apprehensive, please contact me and we can arrange a brief phone conversation to discuss any questions you may have. To get the most from counselling also very much relies on the two persons being fully invested in the relationship and the work. And so I feel it is important you find the right counsellor for you.

If you decide you would like to proceed sessions cost £50. I also offer concessions, please ask for more details.

Availability

Currently have availability Thursdays day time.

Abbots Langley
WD5

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Kathy (Kathleen) Charlton

Kathy (Kathleen) Charlton