Kevin Coleman MA, PG Dip, MBACP (Registered)
I am an integrative counsellor / psychotherapist who works with both adults and young people. I seek to provide a safe space for clients to explore their issues as part of a friendly and adaptable service and am particularly suitable for those who have not had a good experience of counselling previously if at all.
I have a passion for working with teenagers and young adults as I have demonstrated throughout my life and working career. I have an ability to quickly connect with young people which is I believe is more important than any particular counselling approach or theory. I am currently working in a number of mainstream, special needs and therapeutic schools in Waltham Forest which gives me probably a unique breadth of experience. I have established a reputation among many key staff in local schools that places me in constant demand for my services.
As a counsellor I have worked at City and Hackney MIND and in private practice dealing with issues that can particularly concern men such as relationship difficulties, lifestyle changes and living with mental health issues. I am particularly experienced working with men who struggle with the idea of attending counselling and expressing their feelings. Unfortunately this can sometimes make things harder for us to deal with life's difficulties without feeling vulnerable and inadequate. However talking to someone who understands this from a male perspective can make all the difference, particularly one who would have identified with these fears himself not so long ago! Some women may also prefer to chose a counsellor with a male perspective for a variety of reasons and many of my clients have been female.
In counselling couples and families I use a flexible approach that is tailored to the needs of the individuals concerned using communication skills acquired over a long period of working with people. Female partners in relationships often choose me as a couples counsellor as they feel I will be able to relate better to their male partners who may be reluctant to attend therapy. Having lived in various locations in North East London all my life I have learned to relate well to people from all backgrounds, religious and ethnic groups and have come to positively value diversity. This approach helps me to try to bring all the parties involved closer together as we seek a way forward.
If you feel I might be able to help you or a loved one, why not contact me to book an initial session where we can both assess if this is the right step!
Training, qualifications & experience
I have completed a BACP accredited counselling and psychotherapy course at the University of East London, which has equipped me to practice a number of approaches to counselling depending on the needs and circumstances of the client. As well as my counselling qualifications I am a professionally qualified youth and community worker and teacher and have worked successfully with young people throughout my adult life. I am now an experienced and successful counsellor who has a lifetime of working with people from all backgrounds and a gift for connecting with people in order to build a trusting working relationship.
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
£60 per hour for adults, £40 per hour for young people, £75 per hour for couples and families.
Special rate for clients who are teachers or work within the education sector.
I am based at my home address in Chingford Hatch.