Kevin Hargest BSc (Couns.), MBACP & MNCS [Accredited]
In these unprecedented times of Covid-19, I am an experienced counsellor offering an online space to explore, support and process the challenges facing you in these times of uncertianity.
I understand how challenging therapy can be; it is a big step to contact a stranger and talk about personal difficulties. I have experience of helping with a wide variety of problems and make every effort to help you to feel respected, listened to, and understood.
My approach is founded on the belief that each individual has the ability to effect positive growth and change, to enhance a sense of well-being and build resilience’s to cope with life’s challenges. Through a therapeutic relationship of trust, creativity and mutual respect I seek to support you in developing resources to improve your quality of life. My client outcomes are very positive and satisfaction levels are very high.
Sessions usually last for 50-55 minutes on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis though both time and frequency maybe negotiated. Reviews of the therapy are undertaken every few weeks to ensure you are comfortable and that we are making steps forward. The number of sessions you will have is flexible and open ended, we decide together when you feel you want the therapy to end.
I chose to become a counsellor because I know what it is to need help beyond the resources of friends and family. I believe whole-heartedly in the counselling process, and that any person has the ability and resources within them to create the life they want.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc. (Hons) Systemic Counselling, (First), University of South Wales, Sept 2013 - Jul 2016
MA, Critical and Cultural Theory (Pass), Cardiff University, Sept 2008 - Aug 2009
Individual Member, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Accredited Registrant, National Counselling Society
Counsellor, Cardiff Concern, October 2014 - August 2019
I have worked with a wide variety of clients, covering different genders, ages, races, belief systems, financial & educational backgrounds and nationalities.
I have integrated different approaches into my practice including Systemic, Narrative and Gestalt therapies.
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.
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.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
Charges for 55 minute session:
Individual: £30 for the first session, followed by £45 for each subsequent session.
Couples: £45 for the first session, followed by £60 for each subsequent session.
Online Counselling (Individual): £40 per session.
Cash & Card payments will be accepted (Cash preferred).
Counsellors in training: looking for compulsory hours- please inquire.
Reductions available for students / unwaged.
The First Session is a chance to see if we can work together; while identifying what you’re looking for in counselling. This first session isn't mandatory and you are not committing to further sessions if you take up the initial appointments.
Concessions offered for
I also undertake EAP (Employee Assistance Program) work.
I have worked with different communities including men's groups, across different backgrounds and ages.