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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Support for Carers
Individuals - £35 per hour
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer varied session times from 0900 to 1930 Monday to Friday and 0900 to 1200 Saturdays and Sundays.
Types of client