Kelly Mayes. MBACP, Ba (Hons) Counselling, Dip CBT.
Coming into a counselling room for the first time can be overwhelming and asking someone else to listen to you, can be anxiety provoking, just knowing where to start is sometimes difficult for clients. We understand this and therefore provide a safe, welcoming and non-judgemental environment for our clients at all times.
I am aware that when people begin exploring their thoughts, feelings and emotions it can be difficult and painful, yet with the right level of empathy and teaching you the skills you need to make changes, leads my clients on to happier futures.
l work primarily as a Person-Centred and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy practitioner, however, I am also qualified in Transactional Analysis and Motivational Interviewing. We can incorporate any of these into therapy if we both agree it would benefit you.
I have experience working as a counsellor for mental health charities such as MIND, within schools and for the NHS. I have worked with adults, children and young people, as individuals or as families/couples, giving me vast experience in a wide range of areas. I work with people who are mainly experiencing issues such as anxiety, grief, low mood, depression, experiences of trauma and suicidal ideation.
I have offices in Southend, Rayleigh, Brentwood and Chelmsford. All easily accessible from the surrounding high streets.
Please note if you are NHS staff and you have been affected in your work or family, by the coronavirus, I will offer 6 free sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons): Counselling
Practitioners Diploma: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Post Graduate Certificate: Children and Young Person Improving Access to Psychological Therapies - Enhanced Evidence Based Practice in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Group Facilitation Skills
Narrative Exposure Therapy - Trauma/PTSD work
Trauma focused training (CBT)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (CBT)
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Individuals: £45 a session
Families and Couples: £60 a session
Concessions for students and individuals claiming ESA or JSA.
Concessions offered for
I have worked as a counsellor at Mind, mainly with adults who are suffering from a range of mental health issues and disorders, such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar and personality disorders. I work within primary schools in the Essex area and for the NHS, under the Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) department, we see children 4 - 18 years old, who are experiencing emotional and mental health issues, such as anxiety, low mood, suicidal ideation, emotional issues, experiences of trauma and phobias, I work as part of a multi-disciplinary team. I also work for companies and agencies providing counselling support for staff members who are experiencing issues such as bereavement, work related injury, stress, and anxiety.