Kim Shepherd ( MBACP Registered Counsellor) Diploma in Advanced Counselling
Hello, and welcome to my profile.
I am a BACP Registered Counsellor and have been practicing for 17 years offering both short and long term Counselling. I have many years experience working in Mental Health and Primary Care settings covering a range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, low self esteem/confidence, bereavement including loss of child, emotional/physical/sexual abuse including childhood abuse and other childhood issues, personal growth, pain management. I have also worked with Northumbria Police providing counselling and support to those affected by rape and sexual assault. As there are too many to name here, please see the list below to view other issues I work with.
I understand the thought of coming to Counselling can feel very daunting and raise anxiety. This is natural and I believe, therefore, the relationship between you and your Counsellor is of utmost importance. I understand if you feel the need to contact me to discuss any uncertainties you may have before deciding if Counselling is right for you at the present time. Please leave a message if I am unavailable with a convenient time to call you back.
Now, a little bit about Counselling:
Counselling offers you the space and time to explore what is troubling you and there are many reasons why people choose to come to Counselling. Maybe you know why you feel the way you do and are looking for some time and space to explore those feelings in a safe, supportive, confidential place - a place where you will not be judged but will be listened to and accepted with warmth and empathy. Together we can decide what therapeutic intervention would be helpful to you as an individual.
Maybe you have lost your way, don't know what to do, where to turn leaving you feeling helpless, alone and/or sad. Some of us don't know why we feel, think, behave the way we do and this can keep us stuck in unhelpful repetitive patterns in life which can lead to anxiety, depression, feelings of low self worth and impact on our overall wellbeing. Counselling offers you the opportunity to gently explore this further raising self awarenesss. When we understand ourselves we are no longer in conflict with 'the self' and this opens up a window - a choice for change. Counselling can help you work through those changes enabling you take control of your life again, bringing self confidence, inner strength and a sense of empowerment.
The core of my Counselling is Person Centred, however, I offer an Integrative Counselling approach as I believe not one therapy suits all and it is important to focus on what you as an individual hope to get from Counselling. Together we can discuss your options and agree a way forward for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Advanced Counselling and Therapy Skills
Certificate in Bereavement Awareness and Counselling Skills
Certificate in supporting bereaved parents including stillbirth, miscarriage and termination.
Certificate in Pain Management
Certificate in EFT Practice (Emotional Freedom Technique)
Certificate in Mindfulness
Counselling Helpline Supervisor (managing staff of helpline offering support and counselling to parents/carers who have concerns/issues regarding children).
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per 60 minute session.
Students - 25% discount for students
Over the years I have gained a lot of experience working with many issues.
Please contact me should you wish to have a short discussion about what is troubling you before deciding if Counselling is right for you at the present time.
I offer both short and long-term therapy with both day and evening appointments.
I am close to bus and metro links and there is plenty car parking available.
I look forward to hearing from you.