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About me

Hi, I'm Kev. I'm a qualified counsellor and live and work in the Blackpool Fylde & Wyre / Preston area.

A little about me? Well, I could tell you about qualifications as a counsellor and how long I've studied, but I doubt this will give you any indication as to how well we may be able to work together.

So here is a little of how I see counselling.

Having been in therapy myself for many years, I believe a great deal in having a place to explore our thoughts, feelings, and whatever might be coming up for you, whilst in a safe and non-judgmental space where confidentiality is key.

Sometimes our thoughts and feelings can be difficult to explore for those closest to us. Though many of them have good intentions, some of what we think and feel may be too much for them to hear what we are trying to say, and in turn, we tend to keep those innermost thoughts and feelings bottled-up and buried.

I believe in the approach of Person-Centred Therapy (PCT) which focuses on you as the centre and driver of your life. You know yourself better than anyone, so who better to decide what's best for you, than you. Therefore, placing ourselves into that space for us to see what is truly going on, can help us to decide for ourselves what's best for us.

This approach is not about telling you what to do, nor advice-giving but about the conditions being right for you to think for yourself what you need. Therapy can be very challenging, however, I believe that ABSOLUTELY everyone can benefit from coming to and being in this process.

My personal experience as a therapist has been around bereavement, children, and general issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, etc. I am personally open to working with many issues though if there is something I feel may be better placed with other services I would recommend this and discuss further with you.

Hope the above makes sense and hits the right note for you!

Training, qualifications & experience

  • 10 years experience as both client and therapist
  • Introduction to High Sensitivity in Psychotherapy 
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • CPCAB Level 3 Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Level 2 Counselling Skills
  • Introduction into Schema Therapy
  • Introduction into Counselling

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

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Fees

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured

Additional information

  • Sessions ongoing fees are discussed during 1st session to review what works best for your financial circumstances.
  • 1st initial session - £40

When I work

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Morning
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evenings and weekends only

Wesham, Preston, Lancashire, PR4

Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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