Kay J Thomas, Psychotherapist, Counselling Dip, M.BACP
Welcome, to my profile. (https://kayjcounselling.com):
Im a qualified registered (BACP) counsellor for individual adults on a long, medium or short term basis, in Lymington, Hampshire.
You might be looking for a counsellor because of a specific issue or a general sense of something not being quite right. I provide and accepting, supportive and safe space for you to explore experiences, thoughts, feelings and memories that may be getting in the way of you feeling grounded, at ease with yourself and others, or just fully alive.
If your interested in exploring what it might be like to work with me as your counsellor, please do get in touch by messaging me through the contact section, or calling me on the number provided. We can arrange an initial session to get to know each other and find out whether the support I offer would be useful to you, in my office at Kay's Counselling.
I am predominantly Person Centred in my approach, although I also am trained in CBT and Psychodynamic counselling and integrate elements of these approaches in my work. I believe we all have a tendency to move towards what we need in life, so long as the conditions (including care and love) around us are and have been, supportive and accepting of our needs. Many of us learn, sometimes early on in life, that some of our real needs and feelings are not acceptable to others, and therefore we find it difficult to accept them ourselves.
If you come to counselling with me you will be setting the pace of the work. We will work with whatever you want to bring and at whatever pace and depth you chose. I will facilitate the work , but I will not act as an expert pretending that I know best. You are the expert in your own experiences, and I will support you by being fully present and attuned to your process, so you feel more able to trust yourself. The relationship and connection with a counsellor is key to this process, therefore, I will work to create a space where you feel you can trust me. I will support you when you may be feeling at your most vulnerable or stressed. Together we will find the perspective you feel you have lost, enable you to find the resources within yourself for growth, and change. Tapping into your' toolbox of knowledge, making you master of your own experience.
'You have brains in your head. And feet in your shoes. "You can steer yourself in any direction you choose" Your on your own. And you know what you know. Your the guy who'll decide where to go! ... Dr Seuss
Training, qualifications & experience
Level 4 Diploma in Person-Centred/Integrative Counselling
- Registered: MBACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
- MHACP, (Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
- Volunteered previously for 'Life Changes Counselling Service' (Southampton)
- Volunteered/trained at Yellow Door, Rape Crisis service, (Southampton)
- Volunteered previously as a counsellor at 'Brockenhurst College'
- DBS checked/Fully insured
I have experience of, providing bereavement counselling, although my practice is by no means limited to this. Loss, in its many forms, can be core to much of what we bring to and explore in therapy. Present day losses of any kind (e.g. of a relationship, status, health, functioning, achievement, aspirations, lifestyle, routine) might trigger depression and loneliness and, in some cases, memories of past losses that exploration in therapy can help you to process.
Worked in Shanghai and S Korea and experienced many cultural differences.
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
I have worked with adults who have Special Needs, especially Downs syndrome, everyone needs a space to be heard no matter your issues.
- During these testing times, if using the online sessions I offer a reduced fee of £30.
- Initial consultation 20 mins, either face to face or telephone,
- If 6 sessions are booked/paid in advance, sessions = £40,
- Sessions 50 minutes (£45 Per session)
- Contact me by email, or phone, I will try to get back to you asap.
- I'm able to offer flexible hours as I have an office space at home
- Concessions are possible, please ask.
I have a purpose built therapy space, which offers you the private/confidential place you need to explore your issues.
I use the online platform ZOOM for online counselling..
My approach to counselling is flexible; if your house-bound let me bring the counselling to you.
My office has off street parking.