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About me

Please do not think that seeking counselling is a sign of weakness or that you can not cope – it shows that you are willing to take good care of yourself, and can be looked on as an investment in yourself.

So how can I help you? What do you need from counselling?

Do you need someone to listen to you and to understand?

Do you need someone to help you:-

  • Sort out your feelings
  • Make changes in your life
  • Get back in control of your own life
  • Combat unhelpful thinking patterns
  • Reduce anxiety and stress
  • Put your relationship back on track
  • Develop your assertiveness skills
  • Increase your confidence
  • Overcome fears
  • Overcome issues from your past that intrude into your current life
  • Take steps to make your life happier and more fulfilling
  • Explore who you really are and how you want your life to look

I offer an experienced, professional and confidential service, at a reasonable price.

I would welcome the opportunity to work together, to help you benefit from the relief of sharing your problems, increase your understanding of issues, to decide what, if any, changes you might want to make and help you set, work towards and to evaluate those changes.

The counselling I offer is called Integrative.  What this means in plain English is that I work from a variety of therapeutic theories, using the models and ‘tools’ that meet the needs of the individual client.  These include psychodynamic, person centred, solution focused and cognitive behaviour.

I work long term and short term, meeting either weekly or fortnightly.

I work with a wide range of issues: -  Please see below for the areas of counselling I work with.

About me

People find me easy to open up to and I am genuinely interested in hearing your story. I am supportive, non judgemental and robust enough to contain complex and painful issues.

  • Accredited Member of the BACP  (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and I abide by their Code of Ethics and Practice.

Location

Medway Towns, Kent. I have a comfortable, private counselling room in Chatham, close to public transport and public car parks.  I have use of a room with disabled access if required.

Opening Hours

I offer day time and evening appointments, with either weekly or fortnightly appointments.  I undertake both short and long term work with clients.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Integrative Counselling - University of Canterbury - 2005
Certificate of Counselling Studies - University of Canterbury - 2002
BACP Accreditation - 2008

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Burn Out,
Personal Development,
Mid Life Crisis,
Life Stage Transitions,
Identity, Self Exploration,
Unhappiness,
Loss,
Change,
Issues from Past,
Feeling Stuck,
Lacking direction,
Suicidal thoughts,
Fears.

Fees

Additional information

£40 - £50 per session.
Reduced costs for Counselling Students.

Silver Birch Counselling, 17 New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent, ME4 6BA

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme