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Dip Couns, MBACP (Registered)

About me

It takes tremendous strength and courage to reach out and finally say - something's not working. It can be easy to put aside our doubts, worries, traumas and behaviours, and let our busy lives take the lead. 

Yet as you know, these feelings don't just disappear, and one day something builds up within us that makes us say - 'ENOUGH, I need to deal with this.' 

Naturally, our first step is to reach out to friends, family, or colleagues, and although we respect their opinions, do we truly allow ourselves to be vulnerable within these relationships? 

Are we completely honest about our feelings, or do we often water things down as to not worry or upset those we love? More importantly, how often do we sense that they’ve really listened or understood us?

That’s where a counsellor like myself can help. Counselling creates a safe space where you can talk openly and honestly about you, and what you need, without worrying about judgement or damage to a relationship.

Now, you may be thinking - how can just talking bring about change? 

And my response would be - when was the last time you felt truly heard? 

Yet in the context of our professional relationship, I will hear you, as you will too, allowing you to slowly make sense of your difficulties.

And that genuinely is my philosophy of counselling and why I'm so passionate about supporting others; because when we feel truly heard and understood, we have the ability to survive, renew and grow.

What to expect from your First Session
I understand you’ll have many questions racing through your mind at this stage; will I like them, will they like me, will I feel comfortable, will they judge me, what if....

So please let me put your mind at rest; I offer a free 30 minute ‘coming together’ session, which gives you the time to ask as many questions as you like, and decide if I’m the right person for you.

It also allows me time to explore your situation, and to understand your hopes and expectations.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training

  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Level 6 Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling (Trauma Informed Approach)
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency 
  • Currently working towards Accreditation

Additional Continued Professional Development

  • Trauma Informed Therapy 
  • EKRCC Rape Crisis Training
  • BACP Working On-Line
  • CPCAB Walk and Talk Therapy
  • Eating Disorders
  • Teenage Anxiety 
  • Supporting Male Victims of Domestic Abuse
  • Honour Based Abuse

Experience

  • Counsellor – Adults, Children and Young People
  • Counsellor – Working therapeutically with Children in Kent Primary and Secondary Schools

As well as my private practice, I have many years experience working within Domestic Abuse Services; consequently I specialise in Trauma Focused Therapy.

Yet my work is not limited to Trauma. I have experience working with a broad range of issues.

I also currently work in numerous Kent Primary and Secondary Schools, where I use a range of creative resources to support the children in expressing their thoughts and feelings. 

My therapy space is also fully equipped for children's therapy.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I also offer a limited number of concessionary rates for Trainee Counsellors, and clients where the full fee may be a barrier for accessing counselling.

When I work

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Further information

As well as offering face to face, and online counselling, I also offer Walk and Talk Therapy.
I use a number of thought out routes, in the open countryside, which we can explore at our coming together session.
We will also discuss your preferred alternative options, if the weather is against us at times.
(Please note that these sessions are 60 mins, in order to accommodate different paces, as I’ve found that some clients like to ponder, while others prefer brisk walking)
Fees: £60.00 - 60 mins

GreenShed Counselling, 2 Conqueror Court, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 5BH

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

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