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About us

We offer counselling at our Cheriton based practice as well as online, we have a team of counsellors that are experienced in all aspects of counselling and work with children, young people, adults, families and groups. We have a full cost service and also low-cost service for people on a low income. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Our team of qualified counsellors are highly skilled within their individual fields.

Our team offering our low-cost service are working towards a qualification or doing further training in their field.

Meet the Team


Stephanie is a qualified counsellor and a senior accredited member of the National Counselling Society. Before training to be a counsellor in 2010, she had a career in Early Years education and owned her own nursery. Stephanie now works with children, young people, adults, couples and families. She is committed to continued learning and recently graduated with a certificate in systemic practice from the Tavistock.

Alongside counselling, Stephanie is a counselling tutor and enjoys sharing her passion of counselling with her students.

She also works with businesses as a well-being consultant to help them develop well-being strategies for their staff and also to deliver training around different aspects of well-being.


Wayne has over 27 years’ experience of working in the military and public sectors, dealing with critical and traumatic incidents. He is an experienced trainer in a variety of mental health and well-being subjects specialising in Mental Health First Aid.

Wayne is passionate about reducing the stigma associated with discussing poor mental health.

He is a qualified counsellor and a member of the National Counselling Society and has lots of experience of working with male clients with a range of complex issues.
Wayne has had articles on mental health and well-being published as well as a chapter in a book and has addressed MPs at the House of Commons on the subject as part of World Mental Health Day


Michelle is a qualified counsellor and Professional Clinical counselling supervisor.
Before training as a counsellor, she has had a long career in the health and social care sector, as a community carer and then a field care supervisor and assessor.

Michelle has extensive counselling experience working with adults, couples, Young people and children, particularly looked after children who have experienced significant trauma.

Alongside counselling she is a Clinical counselling supervisor working and supporting other counsellors with their practice. Michelle also delivers therapeutic workshops to carers and foster carers.


Donna has been a qualified counsellor since 2009 and is accredited with the BACP. Since that time, she has also qualified in clinical supervision, EMDR therapy and working with couples.

Prior to training, Donna has for many years worked for a local charity in Cheriton supporting adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs. This has encouraged her to join Lighthouse43 and part of our innovative team.

Donna is particularly experienced in working with clients who have experienced trauma, perinatal issues [eg. birth trauma/loss], weight management issues and helping couples with relationship difficulties.


Stephanie has been working as an Art Psychotherapist within the NHS and Community Sectors since qualifying in 2014. During that time, she has supported individuals of all ages and has treated clients presenting with a wide range of difficulties. She is registered with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and with The British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT).

Art therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of expression and communication. Within this context, art is not used as a diagnostic tool but as a medium to address emotional issues which may be confusing and distressing. Art Psychotherapy can help an individual to express thoughts and feelings which may be too difficult to verbalise and to help make meaning of past and present experiences.

Art Therapy is not a recreational activity or an art lesson, although the sessions can be enjoyable. Clients do not need to have any previous experience or expertise in art.

Art Psychotherapists are professionals trained in both art and therapy. Although influenced by psychoanalysis, Art Psychotherapists have been inspired by theories such as attachment-based psychotherapy and have developed a broad range of client-centred approaches such as psycho-educational, mindfulness and mentalization-based treatments, compassion-focussed and cognitive analytic therapies


Jenny is a fully qualified Play Therapist. She trained with PTUK and is listed on their register of Play Therapists. This register is regulated by the Professional Standards Association, who ensures all registrants linked to them work to a safe and ethical standard.

Before studying Play Therapy, Jenny qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and afterwards, spent a long time looking at different career paths in therapy with children but none of them suited her as everything she found was theory based and more distanced from the client which she didn’t want.

She then discovered play therapy and initially went on to study and graduate, as a Therapeutic Play Practioner with PTUK.

She later continued her studies and trained to become a Play Therapist.
Jenny comments on Play Therapy – ‘I really enjoy the practical experience of working with a child therapeutically. Seeing the small shifts in behaviour and language, shows me the child is not only engaging well but growing and beginning to manage their own behaviour’.

‘My role as their therapist, is key to their therapy progressing. Although I work mostly non-directly, I am not passive in the room. I emotionally hold and support the child and whatever they are expressing. The space is for them to do what they need safely and I am there to ensure their wellbeing is cared for’.

Alice Hawkins-COUNSELLOR

Alice is a qualified counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. She has worked for many years within schools providing children with both learning and emotional support and continues to support families as a Family Liaison Officer, alongside her work as a counsellor. Alice has experience of counselling children and young people and is passionate about continuing her personal development.


Frank is a miniature dachshund and a therapy dog in training. He loves to sit on laps and have cuddles. Frank also likes to meet new people and play. He goes to work at school each week and enjoys helping children.

In future, Frank will have some walk and talk sessions available with his human Stephanie Garnham.

Member organisations *

Registered / Accredited

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National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

We have verified that at least one professional at this organisation is registered with the relevant professional body.

Areas of counselling we deal with


From £20.00 to £43.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Full cost counselling from £43 per session 

Low cost counselling £20 per session 

When we work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Our team work daytimes and evenings

43 Cheriton High Street, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 4EZ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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In person

We have qualified supervisors able to provide face to face and online supervision.

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