Are you overwhelmed, anxious, unhappy or just generally feeling quite stuck? Perhaps you aren’t quite sure where to begin, or how to put into words what you are experiencing right now? Taking that first step to reach out for support can feel frightening, especially to a complete stranger. Let me begin by introducing myself, my name is Kerry and I am a qualified psychodynamic counsellor.
I offer a non-judgemental and gentle approach where we can work together to make sense of any difficult thoughts or feelings you may be experiencing. By working in an open ended way we can think about past relationships and experiences together and consider how these may be unconsciously informing your thoughts and feelings in the present.
Whether you are at crisis point or looking for additional support to get you through a confusing or difficult time, I am here to support you. Talking through your concerns with me will enable you to gain a better understanding of yourself and move you towards a more positive and settled sense of wellbeing.
Training, qualifications & experience
- July 2001- British Sign Language, stage one- Oaklands college, St Albans.
- July 2015 -Introduction to Counselling - University of Hertfordshire.
- September 2015-Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory - The Counselling Foundation, St Albans.
- September 2016-Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling- The Counselling Foundation, St Albans.
- September 2018-Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, year 1- The Counselling Foundation, St Albans.
- January 2021-Stage One Certificate Course of Working with Young People aged 11+, Riverside Counselling Service.
In the past, I gained experience as a HomeStart volunteer whilst I trained to be a counsellor. As a volunteer, I was able to support families with young children by offering continuity with a visit to the family home each week providing practical advice, support and a listening ear.
As well as working in private practice, I am proud to be a part of the counselling team at The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living.
I am able to offer virtual counselling sessions either by phone or by video call as well as face to face sessions in Hertford or Letchworth.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
Fees are £50 per 50 minute sessions.
Low cost fees may be available on enquiry, however these are limited and dependant on personal circumstances.
To avoid being charged for missed sessions, please ensure you give me 24 hours notice if you are unable to attend.
Monday 9am - 8 pm
Tuesday 2pm - 8 pm
Thursday 9 am - 6pm
Friday 9 am - 5 pm
“When I started my counselling sessions with Kerry, I was going through a very difficult time in my life.
She always made me feel that during my session that, that room was my space my time. I had the freedom to share anything without judgement.
Kerry encouraged me to reflect look inward and truly realise what it was I was saying almost like peeling back the layers on issues throughout my life.
Kerry has a gift of making you feel safe and that it is ok.
She would often bring in a sentence or word from a previous session and yes it would fall into place.
I would not be in this place today more grounded and stronger if I hadn’t had Kerry to see me through my journey.
I am just so grateful to her.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Kerry to anyone. “
“I saw Kerry after suffering a traumatic incident. Her supportive, non-judgemental sessions helped me in my recovery, and gave me insight into areas I had not addressed before that could impact upon my future mental health.
I now have a ‘toolkit’ of different strategies/ways to provide self help and care. I feel confident I can move forward in life and actually feel I have more emotional strength than I did before.
I am in a much better place mentally and this is helping my recovery in general.”
“I worked with Kerry having weekly sessions for eight months and I cannot thank her enough for helping me with my emotions, as I was feeling so absolutely lost after the death of my husband. I have seen a few counsellors throughout my lifetime and Kerry's support far exceeded my previous experiences and I felt like I could really communicate with her, aiding me to see a way forward when I had lost all hope. Even though our work has come to an end I feel that the established relationship we achieved enables me to return to our work if and when I may come across a blip. I am so thankful and thank you for helping me tremendously Kerry.”
“At the start of my journey looking for a Counsellor I was extremely anxious.
I had spoken to several Counsellors on the phone, and they had all heightened this sense of unease, so it was with a feeling of extreme caution that I finally spoke to Kerry.
Immediately upon hearing her voice on the phone, I realised that she was very different to the previous Counsellors I had spoken too.
Kerry has a very calming demeanor and I instantly felt like this could be the right person for me. I booked an appointment with her and I couldn't have been more correct.
I had no idea what to expect from my counselling but I did know I had a long journey ahead of me.
Kerry is and continues to be incredibly patient, kind and empathetic.
During my weekly sessions I felt completely at ease and spoke about things I hadn't thought about in a long time.
Needless to say some of these memories were painful, but Kerry always guided me through them and made sure each session was finished with me feeling a sense of accomplishment and calm.
At various points throughout the early sessions with Kerry, she assured me that if I wished to change Counsellors at any point that it was perfectly okay to do so.
Kerry also bent over backwards trying to make sure that I was happy and easily able to continue my sessions through the global pandemic, via virtual video calling.
Kerry is a Counsellor that I would recommend to anyone, especially those who are taking their first step into counselling.
I am pleased that I have been on this journey and genuinely couldn't be happier with the processes I have been through.
Nothing is ever too much trouble for Kerry, and she will go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable and reassured in her presence.”
“To all those who wish to work with a therapist who is sensitive to their needs, willingly works at the client’s pace and who always maintains professionalism; then I highly recommend a therapeutic journey with Kerry Engledew.
I went to Kerry to address issues relating to my experiences of child abuse, domestic violence, bereavement and anxiety. Our sessions also included attention to my self- deprecating thoughts, and negative patterns of behaviour.
Although my journey towards ‘wholeness’ has been fraught with challenges, her ability to facilitate, compassionately and patiently throughout - madeeach step manageable. The process has resulted in my shifting from a woman bearing enormous internal struggles into one who is able to view life in the present moment, coupled with optimism. Kerry’ssuccess in enabling me to ‘hold onto the good’, became a vehicle of change that has created an emotional ease in my life, that I never knew before.After a few false starts with therapists, I can only say that I wish I had found Kerry sooner! Our work together over 4 years has culminated in me valuing and nurturing myself despite my past traumas. Equally, I am now able to discern and foster positive relationships.
Owing to Kerry’s use of practical strategies I have stepped into a brighter, happier future. I therefore believe you have nothing to lose and plenty to gain by at least, seeking out an introductory session with Kerry Engledew.”
Ms R H
Teacher and Author