Kay Watkins Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
Hello and welcome to my profile. If something in your life is causing you distress, whether it be a current situation or a past experience, I offer a safe and confidential space where you can begin to explore your feelings and thoughts, at your pace. I aim to understand your world from your point of view by listening without judgement. I bring warmth, patience and encouragement in order to support you, and to help you move forward.
I am a qualified counsellor and an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). As such, I work within the organisations Ethical Framework. My approach is humanistic and integrative and I offer both short and long-term counselling to individuals at Oldland Common on the Eastern fringe of Bristol. I also offer sessions via online webcam or by telephone. I am usually able to offer either day or evening appointments.
My background is in training and development. I worked for several large companies before running a training consultancy. I first became interested in working therapeutically as a counsellor after completing a psychology degree, which led me to my own therapeutic journey.
I believe that the relationship between client and counsellor is crucial to the success of therapy. I offer a reduced fee for the initial session in recognition of the importance for you in ensuring that I am the right counsellor for you, and that I am able to offer what you are seeking.
If you have questions, or are interested in coming to see me for counselling please contact me by email or phone. If you leave a message I will get back to you as soon as possible.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling (pass with distinction)
- CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Qualification in Online Counselling (OCST4 Audio and Webcam)
- CRUSE Awareness in Bereavement Care Foundation Course
- BSc.(Hons) Psychology
I worked as a counsellor for a bereavement charity for several years. In addition to grief and loss, I have worked with clients bringing issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, loss of self esteem, confidence or direction, difficulties at work and in relationships, life transitions, self harm and stress. I also have experience of working with young people in a secondary school setting and have worked with people from many different backgrounds, ranging in age from early teens to early 80s.
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
My fee is £45 per 50-minute session.
My fee for an initial session is £25
Monday and Tuesday 9am-8pm
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9am-1pm
I'm currently offering remote sessions either online (Zoom) or by telephone. Face-to-face indoor sessions are also available with COVID precautions in place. These take place in a light and spacious room in Oldland Common, South Gloucestershire. The location is convenient for bus routes and parking is available on-street. In addition, I do have some availability for 'walk and talk' sessions in an outdoor setting that could take place after we have met for at least 1 session online, and had an opportunity to talk through whether this might be suitable.