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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 to be. Having been in therapy myself for many years, I believe in having a place to explore our thoughts, feelings, fears, etc in a safe and non-judgemental environment.
These thoughts and feelings can be difficult sometimes to explore with others within our everyday lives. Though many of our friends and family have good intentions for us, some of what we think and feel may be too much for them to explore with us, and in turn, we tend to keep those innermost thoughts and feelings bottled-up and buried inside.
I believe in the approach of Person-Centred Therapy (PCT) which focuses on you as the driver of your life for the journey you're on. You know yourself more than anyone else does, so who better to decide what's best for you, than you. We just need the right environment and conditions to discover this sometimes.
PCT is not about telling you what to do, nor advice-giving, but by placing ourselves in an environment of non-judgment, trust, understanding and safety - over a period of time, our awareness of who we really are can begin to reveal itself. Counselling can be a challenging journey for many of us but the process is life-changing.
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 with you.
Counselling is all about you, so enjoy it!
Training, qualifications & experience
- 10 years experience as both client and therapist
- 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
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