Kay Sturgess BA(hons) Humanistic Counselling MBACP
I am a mature, qualified and fully insured Humanistic Counsellor, and have had a private practice for several years now with experience of a range of issues, including loss, bereavement, phobias, trauma, sexual abuse and anxiety. In addition I have extensive experience of working with a wide variety of clients whilst volunteering for Emotional Support for Carers.
I believe an integral part of counselling is trust which starts with finding a counsellor you feel totally comfortable with. Having been a client in counselling myself I understand the process of finding and deciding on whom to work with can be daunting, if you would like to call me for an informal chat we can discuss your needs which may allay some anxieties. In addition I offer the first half an hour free as a taster where you are then free to decide if it feels right for us to work together.
In my counselling practice I provide a safe space in which experiences, thoughts and feelings can be explored. As a Humanistic counsellor my aim is to offer a non-judgemental, warm and accepting environment, drawing on a range of mediums, that you are comfortable with, including talking, writing, art and visualisation to explore what it is like for you to exist in your life. Sessions are lead by you the client, using methods you are happy to use, and are paced according to your individual needs.
Existing in today’s world is in itself is challenging, often exploring the present and/or the past can allow us to have a greater understanding of who we are, and how we are in life. How experience now is uniquely formed in early life can greatly impact on the person we are today, exploring our behaviours can help us understand not only who we are, but also our coping strategies.
I offer both short and long term individual counselling. Short term therapy normally between six to ten sessions, working in solution focussed way, generally focuses on specific issues and can be extremely successful in assisting clients in moving forward to peaceful outcomes. Longer term therapy offers an opportunity to explore the wider spectrum of life's experiences, which in turn can provide a greater understanding of who we are, and how we function in our individual situation.
My wish for each of my clients is to gain a better understanding of themselves so that they may achieve a greater sense of peace, wholeness, and be happier with themselves in their day to day lives.
On a more formal note I am a member of and I adhere to the ethical code of conduct of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and have regular supervision. I also hold a clean CRB certificate.
Training, qualifications & experience
Humanistic Counselling BA (hons) Degree
Diploma Humanistic Counselling
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Diploma
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
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Support for Carers
Individuals - £35 per hour