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About me

Kathleen K. Gherardi MA MBACP (Kathy)

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) in private practice as an integrative counsellor & psychotherapist.

As an integrative counsellor & psychotherapist I support people in addressing the following:

  • Lack of Motivation, Low Energy, Loss of Enjoyment in the Simple Pleasures of Life
  • Unhealthy or Disordered Lifestyle
  • Anger Management
  • Stress Relief
  • Difficult Relationships
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Panic Attacks
  • Depression
  • Trauma (simple or complex)
  • Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD)
  • Unhealthy or Disordered alcohol use, drug use, eating, sexual behaviour

I work with people in a psychodynamic and humanistic way, from the Jungian perspective of an integrated Self and the mindful perspective of connection to others, so that my clients can work towards the following:

  • Wellbeing
  • Balanced Lifestyle
  • Self-care
  • Mental, Emotional, & Physical Health
  • Healthy relationships with family members, friends, work colleagues, and community members

Training, qualifications & experience

I began the academic study and clinical training to become an integrative counsellor & psychotherapist in February 2003. The modality of my initial training was grounded in Carl Jung's psychodynamic, transpersonal approach to understanding human psychology. I starting working with training clients in late 2003 and have been in private practice as a counsellor & psychotherapist since I completed my course and qualified, in the autumn of 2005.

My private practice is based in St Albans.

From April 2013 to January 2016 I worked as an honourary counsellor & psychotherapist at a local drug and alcohol rehabilitation and recovery service, which was community based and non-residential.

From December 2003 to September 2005 I worked as a training counsellor & psychotherapist at a day hospice in Barnet, which provided support services to cancer sufferers.

I also have many years of experience as a mentor and life coach of teenagers and adults.

My Masters thesis is research based, a pilot study on the similarities and differences between mentoring and counselling teenagers in secondary schools in England. I have self-published my MA dissertation. You can find it on Amazon Kindle if you would like to purchase a copy. It is entitled 'Mentoring and Counselling Students in Secondary Education'.

I earned an MA in Psychotherapy from Middlesex University in 2012.

I am currently completing a post-qualifying course in Other Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy, through the Tariki Trust in Leicester. Other Centred training is grounded in Carl Roger's person centred approach and in the Buddhist & Mindfulness approach to understanding human psychology. It complements and informs the integrative and psychodynamic approach that I had been taking in working with my private clients.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I adhere to the BACP code of conduct. It is the foundation of my work.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


Additional information

I have a variable fees scale for counselling & psychotherapy sessions.

I offer an initial, face to face, 30 minute meeting, so that we can discuss your wellbeing and the focus of our work, the length of time that we might be working together, and my fee.

Please telephone me on 07856 555 534 to book an initial meeting, if you would like to do so.

Further information

I work in the short, medium, and long term with my private clients. During the initial meeting, my client and I consider the possible time frame needed to work effectively on their key issue(s). We regularly review progress and discuss new issues as and when they arise.

St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults