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Katy Acton Counselling

Leigh-on-sea, Essex, SS9
Leigh-on-sea, Essex, SS9

About me

Professional Credentials

My name is Katy Acton (MBACP) and I am a warm professional counsellor. I have a first class degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy and nearly a decade of experience in working with clients. I am a registered member (number 98695) of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their ‘Ethical framework for the counselling professions’.


I sincerely believe that counselling is a vocational job, with people at the heart. I decided to train as a counsellor after counselling helped me through a difficult time in my life. So I know how it feels to be a counselling client and have experienced its positive effects on my own life. As an individual I am committed to being trustworthy, sincere and acting with integrity.

Theoretical Approach

My client is at the heart of my practice. I am an integrative counsellor, which means I integrate several approaches of therapy into one model of helping.   I believe each individual benefits from an approach tailored to their personality and what they are experiencing in their life. I work with the psychodynamic approach to understand how my client’s past experiences have shaped their present reality. Humanistic approach, through being empathic and treating my clients with unconditional positive regard and congruence. And Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), to help my clients to move forward with coping strategies, goals and thought-pattern challenging. As well as theories and skills, my degree covered neuroscience, psychopathology and multicultural counselling; all of which inform my practice. I am also a trained children’s Yoga Teacher and my knowledge of mindfulness, gratitude and the power of the breath, also underpin my approach. I have completed training in creative interventions and working non-verbally; this may include drawing, working with toy animals or using pictures. I will always be client-led when deciding to work this way.

I have a diploma in Sydney Bank’s Three Principles Life Coaching method. This approach aims to recognise your inner purpose and explore ways in which you may be self-sabotaging your achievement of this. One of the key principles in this method is the relevance of thought in shaping our reality. This can be explored through new awareness of your thinking patterns and the influence of your inner voice. Hopefully this process will help you to discover what is stopping you from reaching your full potential, improve your self-esteem and cultivate a growth mindset.

As an integrative counsellor, my life coaching training informs and underpins my practice and interventions. For some clients, working with a focus on personal development through coaching, could be provided on request.

Above all else, I am here to listen and support without judging.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • BA (hons) Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy (First Class Pass) - 3 years (2010-2013)
  • Understanding Counselling Skills and Theories - Level 2 - 30 weeks (2011-2012)
  • Understanding Counselling Skills and Theories - Level 3 - 30 weeks (2012-2013)
  • Postnatal Depression Awareness Diploma - Distinction (2018)
  • Three Principles Coaching Diploma - Distinction (2020)
  • Cosmic Kid’s: Teaching kid’s yoga (2017)

Further training (CPD)

  • Domestic Violence Awareness
  • Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.
  • Suicide
  • Self-harm
  • Online exploitation of children
  • Talking to teens about relationships in a digital age
  • Creative skills in counselling (2 days)
  • Childhood sexual abuse and its effects into adulthood
  • Play therapy with 6-12 year olds (2 days)
  • Basic child protection
  • The essential toolkit for running groups
  • Novel psychoactive substances
  • Equality and diversity
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Disordered eating and attachment
  • Pre and Perinatal trauma: Life in the womb
  • Mindfulness Foundation Course (6 weeks)
  • Emergency First Aid Level 3 (VTQ) and Basic Life Support training
  • Infection control (covid)
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (80 hour course)


I have nearly a decade of experience of working with clients of various ages, ethnicities, backgrounds and gender, When I was training I completed my student placement with Basildon Women’s Aid (now changing Pathways); working with women who had (or were currently) experiencing domestic violence and Open Door Interventions, working with 12-21 year olds. I stayed on to volunteer with both agencies long after completing my training hours; working at each for two years. I also volunteered with Thurrock Mind for 1 year, working with clients who were suffering with mental health problems. Before starting my own private practice.

I have worked with clients on both a short-term (6 sessions) and long-term basis (over 2 years).

Member organisations


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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


£50 per session.

£35 trainee counsellors

6 session blocks for £270 payable in advance.

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

Session Information

I offer 50 minute face to face sessions, to be booked on the same day and at the same time each week.

Sessions will take place face to face in a room at Edith Wellness Centre, in Leigh on Sea, Essex.

Cancellation Policy

48 cancellation policy, otherwise full fee will be charged (also see Covid-19 below).

Client age group

Due to my insurance restrictions, I cannot work with people under the age of 16.


When you contact me to arrange counselling, I will ask you a few questions regarding Covid-19 vulnerability. Risk of face to face meeting will be assessed on a case by case basis. By choosing to come for face to face counselling, please understand you are assuming risk of exposure to Covid-19. This risk is increased if you travel to sessions via public transport. I will do everything I can to provide a safe environment, detailed below:

Please note adequate social distancing is possible all the time at the venue where our face to face counselling sessions will take place.

There will be hand sanitiser provided, which must be used on arrival.

The room will be cleaned before and after each use.

There will be face masks available for you or you can bring your own. I will ensure the chairs are placed at least 2 metres apart and not directly face to face. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, rest assured I will be wearing a visor and we will be adequately distanced.

Please do not attend if you are unwell or have symptoms of Covid-19. In line with my venue, there will be no cancellation charges if you are unwell; have Covid-19 symptoms; are asked to self-isolate through track and trace or because a family member has Covid-19 symptoms.

If government guidance changes, or I am become unwell with Covid-19 symptoms or am asked to self-isolate, there may be short notice cancellation of our session. Sessions will then be suspended until I am able to continue.

I have recently completed an 80-hour certificate in online and telephone counselling training and will be offering counselling via zoom for clients who do not feel comfortable with face to face counselling soon. Please email me to register your interest for this service and I will let you know once my online practice is set up.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

I hold my counselling sessions at a new wellness centre that will soon be modified for wheelchair access. In the meantime, I can source another location that has wheelchair access if required.


Evenings after 6.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday between 11-1.

Other times may be available, please ask.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Katy Acton Counselling

Katy Acton Counselling