Dr Kathy Carey, Counselling Psychologist (Accred, MBPsS)

Dr Kathy Carey, Counselling Psychologist (Accred, MBPsS)

The Chelmsford Wellbeing Centre
Signal Chambers
13 Railway Street


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About me

Hello, I’m Kathy. I am an accredited counselling psychologist offering private therapy in Chelmsford.

Whatever has brought you to the counselling directory, talking to a qualified professional can help. I offer a safe and supportive environment where we can talk about your difficulties and find a way to navigate them together.

I offer both counselling and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT). I work with a range of difficulties including low mood, depression, bereavement, adjusting to life changes, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, panic attacks, inter-personal difficulties, low self-esteem, trauma, stress and insomnia.

When I'm not working in Chelmsford I work for the NHS in a service known as IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy) in London Bridge.

I am a registered member of the British Psychological Society and adhere to their code of ethics and conduct. This means that I work in the strictest of confidence and hold your safety and best interests at the centre of my work.

Getting started

The best way to get started is to email, text or call me. I'll be able to answer any questions you have and you can let me know whether you want to book in a first session.

In the first session we will explore whatever it is that has brought you to therapy. We might also begin to think about the change you'd like to see in yourself, and consider whether this can be put into goals that we could work towards. If I think that counselling would be helpful for you I will ask whether you'd be happy to have a second session with me. If you agree then we can schedule it in, probably for the following week if possible.

Sessions usually take place on the same day and time each week, and last for 50 minutes. The number of sessions you have can be short-term (e.g. to deal with a specific issue) or open-ended, depending on your needs.

My Approach

I’m interested in the things that are getting in the way of your enjoyment in life. Developing a good understanding of what these problems are will enable you to strengthen your sense of self, as well as your sense of control over your response to them.

I work in an integrative and relational way, and offer both counselling and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT).

Being an integrative therapist means that I draw on different therapeutic approaches according to your difficulties and the way you wish to work through them. In our initial session we can think about which approach might better suit you and why.

Being a relational therapist means that I value the working relationship that we develop, and consider it to be a very helpful place from which to explore your difficulties. So I aim to provide a non-judgemental environment in which you feel safe to explore your difficulties with me.

I have received training in therapeutic approaches including the humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural therapies. I also draw on ACT (acceptance commitment therapy), experiential therapy and CFT (compassion-focussed therapy) where appropriate.

For more information about what therapy involves, please visit my website www.drkathycarey.co.uk.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council and registered with the British Psychological Society. I have completed a doctorate in Counselling Psychology and an MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience.

I have several years of experience working in a primary care service in the NHS (IAPT), and continue to work there as a high intensity therapist. This job enables me to support individuals from different cultures, genders, ethnicities, ages and socio-economic backgrounds. In this role I provide both individual and group therapy to support clients struggling with a range of psychological difficulties.

Having worked within university student services for over ten years, I also have significant experience in supporting students in distress. This experience led me to conduct my doctoral research on how university counselling services can enhance the wellbeing of their students.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited



Each face-to-face session is £70. I also offer a concession rate, please get in touch to discuss this if you are a student, retired, or out of work. Payment can be made by cash or electronic transfer.

Maps & Directions

Chelmsford, CM1 1QS

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Yes


Daytime and evening appointments available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults