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About me

Outdoor, face-to-face and online therapy based in Wells, Somerset

I'm an experienced, fully-qualified, and highly-trained therapeutic counselling and personal coaching practitioner, person-centred group facilitator and mindfulness tutor, with research in anxiety, depression and trauma.

My therapy practice offers you opportunities to explore your personal growth issues. My relational approach helps you to connect to your thoughts and feelings, and improve communication with family, friends, colleagues, and close ones. I can accompany you to explore your needs and concerns, at your own pace. With specialised skills in helping people to recover from anxiety, I am also sensitive to diversity, relationship and trauma-related issues. 

I have an outstanding success rate helping people overcome anxiety disorders, panic attacks, social anxiety, depression, feeling sad, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, trauma, and family problems.  

Through ongoing therapy, for as long as needed, I can listen compassionately and support you to accept your current life circumstances and find ways to respond that are self-aware, energised, and more 'you'.

I also provide single-session interventions where you do not have to talk about the intimate details of your life but you can find relief and lower your stress levels. Services are usually available within a few days' or a week's notice.

My work is primarily humanistic, meaning I have a 'whole person' approach to looking at your issues. I integrate psychodynamic thinking to help you to develop insights into how your unconscious processes may be playing out in your life. I utilise subtle, non-invasive techniques situated in a relationship of trust and mutual dialogue.

Counselling can help you to develop more of a sense of who you are and what you are capable of. The self-awareness gained can help you to cope with difficulties and make informed choices about possibilities in your life, so you can take action. I am committed to putting your needs at the centre of my work, and therapeutic outcomes may include many positive changes such as increased self-confidence and peace of mind.

My accessible face-to-face work is based in the centre of Wells, easily reachable by public transport and car, and with public loos and some peaceful relaxing walks, cafes and gardens to visit if you would like a quiet moment before or after therapy.

If you're interested, I may be able to offer you the opportunity to work outdoors with eco-therapy methods, including mindfulness for increased calm, and nature-based creative processes to explore your inner terrain. I also work remotely according to the BACP's Online and Telephone Therapy competency framework. 

When we meet you may find I'm a gentle, kind and ethical therapist, with an encouraging and down-to-earth attitude. You can share with me whatever you need to talk about, and anything that you feel you would like some help with. If you choose to work with me, I could offer you the therapeutic assistance, time, space and tools that you may require. This will enable you to find solutions to your issues that promote psychological growth and wellbeing. I'm here for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a practitioner member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy's register, accredited by the Professional Standards Authority set up by the UK Government's Health & Social Care Department. 

Core Training:

  • Accredited Professional Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from the Sweet Track Centre Somerset (working transpersonally, with competence in mental health, childhood, family, cultural and spiritual issues)
  • Award in Addictions from the Sweet Track Centre
  • Award in Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults from the Sweet Track Centre

Additional Qualifications:

  • Professional Certificate of Proficiency from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (competency to practise psychotherapeutic counselling)
  • Graduate Certificate in Integrative Counselling from the University of Suffolk (working with cognitive behavioural therapy, psychoanalysis/ psychodynamic and humanistic orientations to alleviate mental distress in clients)
  • Training in Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults from Suffolk County Council (in the context of adult, family and child counselling)
  • Graduate Diploma in Gender, Sex & Relationship Diversity Professional Practice from the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (working with identity-related, intimacy and sexual issues)
  • CPD Training in Clinical Specialism in Trauma from Trauma Institute International (focusing on planned interventions and single-session techniques in emergency traumatic stress intervention)
  • CPD Training in Contemporary Analytical Psychology from Johannesburg Centre for Applied Jungian Studies (working with the social and political aspects of historic and contemporary therapy practice)
  • Quality Licensed Professional Diploma in Personal Coaching from the European Centre of Excellence (goal-oriented, metaphysical and motivational work)
  • Training in Group Facilitation from Active Hope London (grief and despair work, motivational interviewing, resilience coaching)
  • Professional Diploma in Holistic Therapy from London City Literary Institute (practising with an embodied approach to stress reduction and lifestyle enhancements)
  • Training in the Human Givens Approach from the Human Givens Institute (trauma intervention, emotional needs,  solution-focused, behavioural psychology)
  • Training in Mindfulness and Neuroscience from Plum Village Mindfulness Practice Centre (optimising the brain's capacity for consciousness to decrease anxiety)
  • Training in Leadership Coaching with Dublin Shaw Academy (team-building, productivity and organisational psychology)
  • Graduate Certificate in Fine Art from University of Brighton
  • Diploma in Fine Art from Camden College
  • Training in Childhood Mental Health & Learning Difficulties from Tamworth and Lichfield College
  • Training in Holistic Therapies from Tamworth and Lichfield College

Experience:

  • Clinical Placement at Kakuma Counselling Service providing long-term and short-term group and individual therapeutic trauma interventions for LGBTQ+ refugees and victims of torture and gender-based violence
  • Clinical Placement at West Suffolk College providing counselling for students with child abuse, anxiety, stress and family-related issues
  • Clinical Placement at Sweet Track Agency providing open-ended therapy to clients with bereavement, rape crisis, anxiety, depression, trauma, family, relationship and spiritual issues
  • Mindfulness Facilitation at Plum Village Mindfulness Practice Centre France providing support for international and multicultural groups and individuals.
  • Community Outreach at Aida Refugee Camp Palestine giving individual and group support to survivors of violent conflict
  • Community Outreach at Adamama Centre Israel facilitating group support for addiction and substance related issues
  • Community Outreach at Peckham Copplestone Centre facilitating art therapies for underprivileged people with medical conditions
  • Clinical Placement at One Clinic London providing complementary holistic health coaching, talking therapies and bodywork to NHS patients

These are just a few examples of more than a decade of work and training. Over many years, I have developed specialised therapeutic skills through the course of my career and vocation. I continue to put people's wellbeing at the centre of my research, amidst local and global issues.

I practise contextually taking into account the relevance of ancestral and historic trauma, geopolitical problems, systemic socioeconomic and environmental factors and biological predispositions to peoples' mental health conditions, and capacities to thrive.

I apply my phenomenological practice-based research to amplify the efficacy of evidence-based, empirical techniques grounded in person-centred therapy.  All my work is clinically supervised according to professional standards.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Work-related stress
  • Health anxiety
  • Childhood neglect / child abuse
  • Spirituality/Spiritual Crisis/Emergency/Awakening/Dark Night of the Soul
  • Anomalous experiences
  • Near Death Experiences (NDE’s)
  • End of life and terminal illness
  • Torture
  • Family issues
  • Community and belonging
  • Kink Aware and psychosexual (including LGBTQIA/GSRD)
  • Pet bereavement
  • Third Culture Kids

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Further information

My philosophy in a nutshell

Anxiety and happiness are facts of life, and there is a way to perpetuate anxiety, and a way to enhance happiness. You may not yet be aware of the choices, which you are making that promote anxious living, however, I can help you to stop those cycles, so that you can tap into happy, peaceful living right now instead. I utilise an integrative, person-centred approach, in a compassionate and warmhearted manner to help my clients in as many sessions as necessary.

Safety in the therapeutic relationship

When you arrive at the session, you will be invited to talk about what you would like from the time we have together. In order to help you achieve your desired positive outcomes, I will offer a solution-focused approach and integrate all my training and experience, to help to tailor the most empowering therapy experience for you. My process is about learning who you are, and helping you to find out what you need. There's no 'one size fits all' in counselling, and I delight in honing practical methods to suit each person with whom I work.

Together we can create the most effective therapy for you - and this may involve sitting and connecting with your feelings in a safe, warm and private room (or digitally, through a screen), or taking a refreshing walk in the woods.

Referrals

Clients can self-refer to me directly, and I also take referrals from GP's, HR departments, health insurance providers and other health and social care professionals.

You're welcome to contact me.

Wells, Somerset, BA5

Glastonbury, BA6 9JX

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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My office is held in a private clinic in the Wells Town Hall (the nearest car park is at Wells Recreation Ground). As you enter the main entrance you may meet a receptionist who will direct you to the waiting room & loo on the right of the main atrium.

Kesley Cage

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