Kim Glover - Person centered counsellor
Do you have times when you don’t sleep, are snappy, agitated, flat, numb or withdrawn? Do you buy too many things online or work more hours than you need to? Are you scared to be at home? Is it difficult to start the workday? Are you in a relationship that isn’t working? Have you lost a loved one? Even the things we celebrate can cause us to feel swamped and full of mixed feelings we would rather avoid. It can be hard to talk to anyone about them. Even harder to talk to a stranger like me.
You’ve made a great start in looking at my profile for help to explore what your thoughts and feelings are about, to want to understand why you behave the way you do and the people around you. I know you’ll need someone who is calm and understanding. Someone who has life experience, someone who knows about the emotional distress that life events can bring. I know how times like that have felt for me. I know about that critical voice in your head telling you to get a grip, get on with it, stop being stuck. I know you want help with someone who gets you.
As a mother (of a grown-up daughter) and through my own therapy when I was in training, I now have a better perspective and personal insight into how family and life traumas interconnect, and what part I played within these dynamics. I understand how I got to where I am now, and I’m open to the not-knowing exactly how the future will pan out.
I’ve been in various working environments for many years. Besides being a private practice counsellor, I counsel students within a secondary school and have worked in the voluntary sector providing pro bono counselling sessions for the last 15 years. I also have experience working in the corporate finance sector. This gives me a wider understanding of working practices, the pressures of the life/work balancing act and the impact this often has on your well-being.
I know you’ll want to find someone to connect with. Someone who gets who you are and accepts the place you’re in without judging what you are saying. It’s not my place to judge you but to help you through your difficult time at your pace, not mine, to work alongside you and be a guide to where you want to be. And if you’re unsure what that is, that’s OK. Let’s find out together. Maybe you know how you might work best. You may want some direction, or you may want to lead the way. I can share some ideas with you and we’ll work it out together. This will be YOUR therapy and YOUR time.
Together, we can work towards your goals, or simply make some sense of what's going on for you. I will never judge you, and I will stay with you at a pace which feels comfortable and will help bring focus to areas I feel you may be struggling with.
Counselling can help you make better sense of what's happening in your life. It's a journey (short or long) where I accompany you through difficult thoughts and emotions to help you arrive at a more comfortable and empowered place in your life. Through counselling, I can help you recover perspective, and discover the balance that you are seeking in your life. I look forward to meeting you.
COVID-19 Update (updated 20 June 2020)
I am continuing to see clients, both existing and new. Sessions have now moved to remote video or telephone. I am using ‘Zoom’ for online video sessions. This software is more stable and secure than Skype. We can talk through any concerns you have about security and confidentiality. Whilst it’s not a perfect solution and doesn’t replace being in a room with a fellow human being, it can work well for many people.
Please get in touch for a telephone consultation if you are looking for counselling. Whilst I will resume face-to-face work in Reading once it is safe to do so, if you wish to continue your therapy with me online, we can talk that through.
Training, qualifications & experience
MBACP Registrant on the BACP Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (No. 50989)
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Young People
ACTO Online 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
From £50 per 50 minute session