Kay Cerski MBACP Reg. Supervisor. Counselling individuals, couples & children
Hello, I am Kay and welcome to my profile.
I hope this information will give you some insight about me, my experience and qualifications and how I practice. I am a fully qualified and experienced Counsellor and Counselling Supervisor. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy - BACP. I offer one-to-one individual counselling for adults, young people and children, student counsellors and couple relationship counselling. I am an integrative counsellor which means that I work with a number of counselling modalities including Person Centred, Transactional Analysis, Existential, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy/CBT and Psychodynamic depending upon what is appropriate and best suits your needs.
I have a postgraduate certificate in counselling supervision. Please see my supervision page for more details.
Sometimes life is challenging and it can help to have someone to talk to. I offer a supportive, confidential and safe space for you to explore and understand any problems or concerns that you may have. Counselling can help you to find your own solution and feel supported, as you work towards change. The coping strategies and tools that we work with, will empower and help you to move forward towards a brighter future where you feel more in control and positive. My role is to support you whilst you explore thoughts, feelings and beliefs that may be restricting you, causing unhappiness or leaving you feeling unfulfilled and confused. Sometimes we can feel generally low and unable to put our finger on the underlying problem, or perhaps you're struggling with change and feeling anxious and fearful.....counselling can help you make sense of these feelings and give you some clarity about the best way forward. The work takes place within a non-judgemental and professional counselling relationship where you will feel heard, validated and respected
Counselling for young people and children often involves play and art therapy. This provides a relaxed, safe space for the young person and child to explore their thoughts and feelings in a creative way, that is both supportive and effective.
Couple and relationship counselling can help you to explore difficulties in your relationship, as well as provide insight into patterns and behaviours that may sabotage or make establishing and maintaining relationships more difficult for you. Couple counselling explores the importance of empathy and communication styles in relationships, so that there is a greater understanding of one another's needs and feelings
My work experience covers a wide and diverse range of issues. These include relationship issues, depression, panic attacks, common mental health problems, confidence and self esteem difficulties, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, sadness, loneliness, loss issues including bereavement, anticipatory grief, miscarriage and termination, empty nest syndrome, redundancy and retirement amongst others (see list below.)
Many people come to see me with anxiety problems that sometimes include panic attacks and a feeling of being overwhelmed. CBT counselling and the exercises we work through challenge the patterns of thinking and restricting beliefs, to help bring about a different perspective that is more helpful and beneficial for you. Most importantly, the techniques and coping strategies we use will be something that is always available to you going forward.
Other frequent issues I work with involve self esteem, self worth, confidence and problems associated with our sense of who we are versus who we think we should be. This conflict can cause deep unhappiness and confusion. Person Centred and Psychodynamic counselling can help to identify learned behaviours, personal triggers and patterns of relating. An understanding of these factors can enable us to begin to recognise who we truly are, and make life decisions and choices that support us.
Additionally much of my work is with bereavement, loss and anticipatory grief. Counselling can help at a time when everything feels like a struggle and feelings seem overwhelming and sometimes frightening. As an accredited bereavement counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care, I am experienced in working with many different types of bereavement and loss including a child's grief, delayed and complicated grief, suicide, miscarriage and termination.
My established private practice is within easy reach of Market Deeping, Bourne, Boston, Stamford, Spalding, Peterborough and the surrounding areas, and has easy access and toilet facilities. My air conditioned counselling room is in a quiet, private and peaceful garden setting with access for wheelchairs.
In addition to my counselling practice I lecture and tutor Counselling Skills Level 2 and Counselling Studies Level 3 at City College Peterborough. I am also involved with the charities Don't Lose Hope in Bourne, and Little Miracles in Peterborough, providing counselling supervision for trainee counsellors on their placement, qualified counsellors and the clinical lead.
If you would like to have a chat about starting counselling or to make an appointment, I welcome text, telephone or email enquiries. The decision to start counselling can feel daunting and unfamiliar, and so I am happy to address any concerns or questions you may have prior to your first session.
Coronavirus/Covid19: In light of the recent escalation of the Coronavirus pandemic, and in accordance with Government guidelines, I am now providing all counselling and supervision via telephone, Zoom, WhatsApp or Skype. These are very challenging times and the lockdown situation can leave us feeling isolated, anxious, sad and lonely without access to our usual support networks. Skype, Zoom and WhatsApp are easy to set up, and ensure that your counselling needs can continue to be met. I am hoping to be resuming face to face counselling from 6th July 2020..
Training, qualifications & experience
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy BACP - Registered Member
Certificate of Proficiency BACP
Professional Diploma Level 4 in Therapeutic Counselling
Postgraduate Certificate Level 6 in Supervision
Certificate in Counselling Studies Level 3
Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2
Making Sense of Relationships - Bridging Creative Therapies and training
Understanding and working with Attachment Issues - One-to-One Project training
Transactional Analysis 101 course - Berne Institute
Sandtray Therapy - Bridging Creative Therapies
A Child's Grief - Cruse Bereavement Care
Counselling in the Prison Service - Stocken Prison, Lincolnshire
Sudden and Traumatic Death - Cruse Bereavement Care
Trauma, The Brain and Recovery - MindBody Breakthrough
ABC Accredited Cruse Bereavement Counsellor - Ascentis
Art and Play Therapy in Practice - BACP and Cruse Bereavement Care
Understanding and Working with Depression - Cruse Bereavement Care
Working with Metaphors and Therapeutic writing - Cruse Bereavement Care
Understanding and working with anxiety and depression - Cruse Bereavement Care
Psychology & Therapeutic Work in the Criminal Justice System - Peterborough College
Communicating with the Dying, their carers and relatives - St Barnabas Hospice, Lincoln
safeTALK Suicide Awareness training
Physiotherapy in Palliative Care - St Barnabas Hospice, Spalding
Spirituality within Supervision - Cruse Bereavement Care
City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Education and Training
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
In addition to the areas of counselling listed above I also work with the issues and unique problems experienced by survivors of cancer and serious illness and their families, and also patients and their families coping with a life limiting illness, diagnosis or anticipatory grief.
£40 1 hour individual counselling
£40 1 hour couple counselling
£40 1 hour counselling supervision
£35 1 hour Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp or telephone counselling
I offer a reduced rate of £30 for 1 hour of personal therapy or counselling supervision for trainee counsellors. Additionally, there is a concessionary rate of £35 per hour for Keyworkers, Students, OAP's, the unemployed or people on a low income. Please enquire.
Concessions offered for
I recognise that your problems and concerns are unique to you, and tailor my approach and sessions to ensure that your needs are met. Taking the first step towards counselling can be daunting, and so please feel free to contact me to discuss any concerns or for more information.
A few of my Counselling Testimonials:
"Kay, thank you for all the work you have done with myself and us as a couple. We are both so very grateful. Your caring, professional and very kind manner has always been appreciated." Counselling Client February 2019
"First rate counselling from a very kind, supportive and experienced lady! I would highly recommend Kay if you are needing help with anxiety, self esteem, confidence and self worth issues. Private Counselling Client - April 2019
"Kay helped myself and my partner during a very difficult time in our relationship. Following several challenging life events that had left our relationship struggling and our ability to communicate at an all time low, Kay helped us to rediscover the love, friendship and attraction that had brought us together and helped us to work through our differences. This helped us to rebuild our relationship and we have just celebrated our 20 year anniversary! I'm can honestly say without Kay's help I'm not sure we would have made it! Private Counselling Client - June 2018
I went to see Kay for help with anxiety and depression. I had seen other counsellors before over the years but Kay's calm and supportive approach really struck a chord with me. I felt completely understood and accepted and this helped me to understand and work through some of the issues that had been making me feel so helpless and unhappy for so many years. I feel like a new person thanks to Kay's experience and invaluable help.
Private Counselling client - July 2017
"I was referred to Kay for pre-bereavement counselling when I was struggling to cope with the news that my sister was terminally ill. She gave me a wonderful, safe space to let go of a mass of confusing feelings and she helped me to focus on ways of understanding and coping with what was happening. Kay's calm, caring and person-centred approach has made an enormous difference to the way I coped with the whole experience."
Private Counselling Client - April 2012
"Kay is an experienced and well-qualified counsellor, with years of counselling experience working with a variety of issues and problems. If you are looking for top quality counselling from a generous, supportive, technically-gifted and professional counsellor, look no further. I can heartily recommend Kay - she is the real deal!"
Private Counselling Client - October 2015
"Kay helped me following a cancer diagnosis at the age of 26, when I thought my world was collapsing around me. The counselling Kay provided really helped me to cope and to give me another perspective, she helped me to realise that it was OK to feel scared, angry and frustrated and to recognise that my own feelings were important. I felt totally supported and understood by Kay which made me feel less alone and able to manage."
Private Counselling Client - July 2014