Kim Patel Registered MBACP (Accred)
Hello and welcome! Thank you for choosing to find out a little about me and what I offer, as I do appreciate choosing the right counsellor for your particular needs and concerns is an important one.
Before I trained as a counsellor I was a nurse for many years working in Intensive Care, Day Surgery and Pain Management. I had used counselling as a way through difficulties a couple of times and only became interested in counselling as a career during a time of physical ill health. I am a registered and accredited member of the BACP (MBACP Accred) which means that as a counsellor I follow an ethical and professional code of practice. I am also a Breathworks trained Mindfulness and Meditation teacher listed with British Association for Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA), formerly the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations.
How do I work?
As a Person-Centered Counsellor, I believe that you know yourself better than anyone else, and that you hold your own answers and inner resources to deal with your difficulties. I will not tell you what to do! My role is to work alongside you in discovering what your resources may be through exploring issues and talking about how you feel, behave and think. It may be a challenging and empowering experience!
I work with individuals for as many or as few sessions as they would like, or we can agree a fixed number and review it.
Some individuals prefer a more structured approach to counselling with small, agreed challenges to achieve outside of therapy- a more "problem-solving" approach to their difficulties. I can also offer that as a way of working.
The therapy can take place at any of my three Wrexham based locations.
Alternatively, if travelling to one of the locations is impractical we can meet in my virtual counselling room via Zoom/Skype/Telephone.
We can also meet outside for Walking Talking Therapy. I am also able to offer more creative approaches in therapy from a Shamanic perspective such as Journeying, Soul Retrieval, Ancestral Work and the Medicine Wheel.
I practice meditation and mindfulness and have completed teacher training in a mindfulness- based approach to managing pain,stress, and illness through Breathworks. I am happy to explore this with you if this is an area of interest. I can offer mindfulness as part of personal therapy, as stand alone sessions and offer 8 week courses on mindfulness for health (pain management) and mindfulness for stress. I am listed with the British Association for Mindfulness Based Approaches (BAMBA), formerly the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations. Please contact me for current pricing of 8 week courses.
For the next 8 week mindfulness courses (health and stress) please contact me directly or more information is available through my website (www.counsellinginwrexham.co.uk) and for information on Breathworks please go to: www.breathworks-mindfulness.org.uk.
Drop-in meditation group (for all levels) is the 4th Wednesday evening of the month in Wrexham. More information and dates for the year are available through my website (www.counsellinginwrexham.co.uk). The cost is £9 (or £7 in advance) and the first session is FREE. Due to Covid-19, all sessions take place on zoom (£7).
Where do I work?
I am pleased to announce that I am available to work with you at S. W. Physiotherapy, Bryn Estyn Business Park (the rugby club) Wrexham LL13 9TY, and this room has excellent facilities for disabled access including a wheelchair accessible toilet. The room is on the ground floor and there is a small waiting area.
I also work out of rooms at the "Back to Health" Chiropractic clinic, 160 Chester Road opposite the shops at Garden Village, Wrexham, LL12 8DS. The room is on the 1st floor and there are no wheelchair accessible toilets. There is a receptionist and a small waiting area.
I also work out of rooms in Wrexham town center, based in the Wrexham Wellness Center in Charles Street above Schwartz opticians. We would meet in one of the rooms on the first floor, and there are no wheelchair accessible toilets.
Although you can choose the location that best meets your needs, if no preference of location is stated at time of booking I shall meet with you at S.W. Physio, Bryn Estyn, Wrexham.
Alternatively, I can offer telephone or Zoom/Skype counselling and WALKING TALKING THERAPY (at a mutually agreed location, following an initial meeting in one of my consulting rooms or online through zoom/Skype.
Is there any Disabled access?
Yes, at S.W. Physiotherapy. There are no steps to enter the building and the floor is vinyl up to the consulting room which has a low pile carpet. There is a wheelchair accessible toilet. Please be aware that there is a series of three fire doors to access the clinic, I can open these for you.
No, at Back to Health, Wrexham. There are no steps to enter the building and the hallway and reception are tiled/laminate flooring. The waiting area on the ground floor is low-pile carpet. We cannot meet in a downstairs room.
Not at this time, at the Wellness center. There is a small step into the building and a stair chair lift to the first floor is currently out of use. There is no lift and no ground floor room that we could use. The ground floor surface is wood, with carpet (low pile) to the first floor.
Do I speak Welsh?
I am not a Welsh speaker.
Training, qualifications & experience
What counselling training have I had?
I hold a MA in Clinical Counselling which is strong in the theory and practice of counselling. Clinical and professional placements allowed me to work as a "counsellor in training" over the last two years of the course and I was rigorously assessed in my counselling work with individuals.
Since qualification I undergo regular training and development such as Trauma therapy and couples counselling.
As an accredited counsellor, my practice has been deemed to meet the BACP's higher standard of work as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner. The BACP is the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
What counselling experience do I have?
In the NHS I have worked in a doctors surgery and Staff Support in an NHS Trust. I have also worked as a counsellor within a university and am a Student counsellor in a college. These settings have exposed me to a wide variety of individuals with a diverse range of difficulties. These individuals also chose to work in many different ways. The difficulties I have worked with is wide ranging and some of them are listed below. Broadly speaking, issues included relationship and family concerns; gender or sexuality issues; trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); bereavement and loss; low self esteem; work/study concerns and chronic pain.
My nursing experience is invaluable to me as a counsellor as I have a working knowledge of many medical conditions and medicines which has meant that previous clients can talk about their concerns rather than feel the need to explain their condition. Also, my nursing experience and personal experience of chronic pain allows me great insight into how it may be for my clients with long-term health conditions and/or chronic pain.
I have experience of working with many different problems and difficulties and if you do not see your concern listed please contact me (without obligation), it may be that I can work with that and have not included it here.I am also happy to introduce Mindfulness into our work.
What qualifications do I hold?
I have included here the qualifications I feel are most useful and directly related to my work as a counsellor.
Professional Doctorate in Counselling & Psychotherapy
Medicine Woman (shamanic course working with energy) 3/5 modules
Compassion Focused Therapy (Advanced Clinical Skills)
Rewind Trauma Therapy
Moving your Practice Online (Online Therapy Training)
Compassion Focused Therapy (Introduction)
Psycho-spiritual Shamanic Therapeutic Practitioner
EFT Level 1
Accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher
MA Clinical Counselling;
Trauma Therapy; Certificate in Therapeutic Couples Counselling;
Basic and Intermediate Counselling Skills;
Post Graduate Diploma in Pain Management;
BSc (HONS) Health Studies;
Diploma in Higher Education Nursing Studies (Adult).
I am a member of the BACP (MBACP Accred) which means that I am a member of the counselling governing body, the BACP. Furthermore, having completed a rigorous accredited training course, I am also on the BACP Register and have undergone further work to achieve accreditation status. This means that I am approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care; I meet added professional requirements to maintain my place on the register as an accredited member, so you can be assured that I sustain high levels of personal and professional development and supervision.
Registered / Accredited
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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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Chronic ill health
There is a FREE 15 minute initial telephone consultation, please contact me to schedule this in.
The fees are as follows according to location:
- SW Physiotherapy, Bryn Estyn is £46.50 per session, or £33.50 for concessions (evidence of benefits, current student status or similar).
- Back to Health Chiropractic Clinic is £46.50 per session, or £33.50 for concessions (evidence of benefits, current student status or similar).
- The fee for Zoom, Skype or Telephone sessions are £46.50
- For Walking Talking Therapy, the cost is £36.50. We would need to meet at one of the above locations to discuss this further before embarking on the great outdoors.
I kindly ask for payment of the full fee due, before our scheduled appointment. Payment of this fee enables me to secure the room and my time for our use.
- Clients must give a minimum of 48 hours' notice if unable to come to the scheduled appointment, or if there is a need to change it. With less notice it is difficult for me to fill this appointment time resulting in a loss of income to myself and the room we were due to use still has to be paid for.
- Cancellation within 48 hours (until 24 hours) will result in a 50% charge being applied (i.e. 50% of the prepaid fee will be returned to you, the other 50% retained by myself to meet my expenses in terms of time and room hire).
- If you give 24 hours or less notice to cancel your booking-or if you do not attend-the total fee is non-refundable.
- Please be aware that the notice period for cancellation is Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.
How and when to pay.
- Face-to-Face meetings:
Fees are payable before each session, and can be paid as cash, cheque or electronic bank transfer (details available on request). I am also happy to receive Debit or Credit Card payments or PayPal payments (use link on my website) and I will need to see that payment has been made before our session commences.
Zoom, Skype or Telephone: Fees are payable before each session, and can be paid as cash, cheque or electronic bank transfer (details available on request). I am also happy to receive Debit or Credit Card payments or PayPal payments (use link on the "fees" page of my website) and I will need to see that payment has been made before our session commences.
Concessions offered for
Each session lasts 50-60 minutes. The first meeting is usually termed an "assessment" and gives us the opportunity to look at your concern/s and decide if we can work together. The assessment is also where you can find out more about counselling, and identify what you want to achieve. We can also talk about some more practical things around our working together which is usually termed "contracting". This is about things like missing or cancelling sessions and other "housekeeping" type things.
If you have children, it may be more useful to you to have someone else care for them during our meetings.