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
- Grief and Bereavement
- Panic Attacks
- 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:
- Balanced Lifestyle
- 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.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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.
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.