Kathy Mead MBACP (Accred)
I'm an Accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Member of the BACP working with both individuals and couples in a long term or short term way, depending on what feels best for the client.
We can all have times when life feels just too much and our problems can feel too big to deal with on our own. It can be difficult to talk about these things with those closest to us for fear of upsetting others or feeling judged or misunderstood. This is where talking with a counsellor can help and just having the space to explore things can make all the difference. Areas that counselling can help with are depression or low mood, stress, anxiety, bereavement and loss, relationship difficulties, sexual problems, trauma such as rape or abuse, eating disorders and many more.
I welcome a wide range of issues and offer a professional yet comfortable space for difficulties to be worked through in a confidential, non-judgemental and respectful way. This may involve looking at unresolved issues from the past and how this is affecting you now or it may be coping with the stresses of managing life on a day to day basis. You may not even know why you feel like you do, you just know you want to do something about it and this is the first step to recovery.
As a counsellor I aim to offer a safe and confidential place for you to talk, be heard and be able to explore the different thoughts, feelings and emotions that might be coming up for you, whatever they might be. This can lead to greater understanding, insight and acceptance of what might be going on enabling you to continue with life in a more manageable way, whatever that may mean for you.
As a couple you may have difficulty in your relationship with communication, letting the other person know how you feel and identifying your own needs and getting those needs met. An affair may have happened or there may be sexual problems which can be difficult to even acknowledge, much less talk about. That's where I can help to give you a place to talk about these things and help you as a couple to talk to each other in a more honest, respectful and loving way, whilst being able to identify what each individual wants and needs and how this can be met within the relationship. It may also be that the relationship is not fulfilling those needs any more and you need help and guidance with how to go about making changes, which may include ending the relationship and finding ways of doing this in a less destructive way.
Appointments are available Mon-Thursday between 2pm and 9pm
Training, qualifications & experience
NCFE Levels I-III in Person Centred Counselling
Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Advanced Certificate in Relationship Therapy
As part of my ongoing training and continued professional development I regularly attend courses on specific areas. Some of these are as follows:
- Attachment Patterns
- Working with Dreams
- Eating Disorders
- Money related issues
- CBT Skills and Interventions
- Psychosexual Issues
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 currently charge £40 per session for individuals and £50 for couples