How I work
I have been working as an accredited BACP counsellor and psychotherapist for almost 30 years since training at the University of Bristol. My approach is underpinned by a belief that each person is unique. I therefore tailor the work to suit each person's needs and their situation. In our first meeting we spend time assessing those needs and deciding the best way forward. My goal is to provide a safe space where we can explore whatever the client needs to address within a confidential relationship.
I was initially trained in humanistic, cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic theories and have since integrated narrative practices and ideas. I am also an EMDR therapist accredited by EMDR UK and Ireland (see https://emdrassociation.org.uk/ for further details. This is an approach recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and is particularly suited to working with current or historic trauma as well as being helpful for those with issues arising from disrupted attachment during childhood, perhaps through separation, bereavement, hospitalisation, neglect or abuse.
I have experience of working online, both as a client myself and as a therapist, using Skype or Zoom platforms. If you are unable to attend in person please contact me to discuss the possibility of meeting online.
I practise from my riverside home in Melton Mowbray: within easy reach of Rutland, Leicester, Nottingham, Grantham and the villages in between. There is easy parking.
Why have therapy?
There are many reasons why people come for counselling. Some people come because they are experiencing feelings of depression and/or generalised anxiety, or because they have been bereaved or traumatised. Sometimes people's suffering is harder to identify: they may experience unexplained bodily symptoms, nightmares, panic attacks, unwanted thoughts or intrusive images. Occasionally past memories and experiences can remain unresolved and might cause difficulties in current relationships; there might be difficulties at work or within the family; or concerns related to feelings of hurt or rejection and lack of confidence.
I also offer therapy to colleagues, qualified or in training, who want to gain experience of any of the therapies I offer.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at the University of Bristol almost 30 years ago following a career as an Occupational Therapist when I worked for the NHS, Social Services and charitable organisations (Child Guidance Clinic and Community for Autistic Adolescents):
1989: Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling
1992: MSc in Counselling (Supervision and Training)
1995: PhD (Adult male survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse)
2010: Qualified as an EMDR therapist by EMDR UK and Ireland
2012: Accredited as an EMDR practitioner by EMDR UK and Ireland
I was honoured with a BACP Fellowship in 2007 in recognition of my contributions to the profession.
I have been a BACP accredited supervisor since 1995 and have supported counsellors, psychotherapists, health professionals, doctors, social workers and organisational managers.
Alongside my therapeutic practice I have also worked an an academic at the University of Bristol and am now Professor Emerita. As an academic I have published journal papers and books based on research from my practice - two of which focus on working with adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and another on the impact of abuse and trauma on the body. Please see my website for further details: http://kim.etherington.com
I charge £100.00 per hour and 90 minute EMDR sessions cost £130. One-off assessments can be arranged. I have a few concessions available for those on limited income.
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.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Women who have been traumatised by childbirth or miscarriages.
Sexual abuse: men and women.