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About me

I work with adults, children and adolescents who would like a safe place to explore and make sense of feelings, thoughts or relationships. Sometimes talking with someone helps to work out what you want to do next and see clearer what choices we have. Art and creative materials can often help children and young people express themselves more clearly. Being a parent is rewarding, but hard work, with each unique relationship requiring different responses. Together, we find a way to understand the challenges more clearly, make sense of the emotions and behaviours involved and take decisions on the ways you want to go forward.

During our first meeting we will talk about what you would like to get from coming to therapy and how we might work together. Then, we talk about what that would look like and ideas of how we might work together going forward. Different types of work are structured differently depending on your needs and goals. We can discuss in a free phone consultation.

I listen with empathy and compassion to your experiences and challenges. Whether it is as an adult, a parent, or a child - I use my experience, knowledge and skills to try and make sense of your experiences so you can make the best decisions for yourself going forward and be supported and make the most of the opportunities before you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have been working as a therapist for over 25 years, working as a psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapist with adults, children and young people. Receiving my M.A. in Art Therapy at New York University and specialist training at St. Luke's Child/Adolescent and Family Institute in New York. I Co-Authored the Curriculum and lectured on the Postgraduate Diploma for Counselling Children in Schools at Place2be, University East London, a BACP accredited course for over 10 yrs and have worked, as an individual adult psychotherapist, internationally in school counselling and child mental health for as a practitioner, educator, supervisor, advisor, author and advocate for children's mental health. I have published in The Handbook for counselling children and young people and wrote the BACP Minded for Counselling in Primary Schools. I develop and deliver training across the country and maintain a private counselling and supervisory practice. I am a registered member of the BACP, HCPC and the AATA.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

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.

HCPC

Health and Care Professions Council

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Fees

My fees are £65/session.

Further information

I also offer training and supervisory services in my private practice.

Tonbridge
TN12

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Organisations

Social

Kelli Swain-Cowper

Kelli Swain-Cowper