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Mei Choate (PhD, MACC-Accred, MBACP, Dip.Couns)

Gravesend, Kent, DA11 07396534521 07396534521
Gravesend, Kent, DA11
07396534521 07396534521

About me

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Specially tailored Covid-19 Package for reducing fear, anxiety and stress
Please go to my website to find out more about this money-saving package of 4 sessions for £80 to help you manage fear, stress and anxiety specifically related to the pandemic, lockdown and uncertain future.

What is Counselling - a time set aside for you to talk in a relaxed, confidential and professional setting about what is causing you distress, either face-to-face or online.

It's a safe space in which you are accepted and held, listened to and not judged, so you can get in touch with and express innermost feelings. I will help you gain insights and explore more helpful ways of looking at things. Sometimes, the seeds of our present distress were sown in our past.

My Counselling Style
As an integrative counsellor, I draw from a variety of counselling models so as to best serve the unique person that you are. Having lived and worked in several countries, I can relate with clients going through similar transitions.

If you find it helpful, we can also explore spirituality and faith, as painful present-day realities may prompt us to look beyond the veil of our material existence. For more information go to my website.

Free Initial Consultation
It takes courage to seek help from someone, especially if you've never had counselling before, and so I offer a free 20-minute phone, Zoom or Skype initial consultation, without obligation, so that you can decide whether we can work together. We can agree on an initial number of sessions which can be adjusted.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 5 Diploma in Integrative Counselling
  • Certificate in Marriage and Family Counselling
  • Certificate in Crisis Counselling
  • Certificate in Grief and Bereavement Counselling
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Certificate
  • Continuing Professional Development
    Health Anxiety, OCD, ADHD, Grief Therapy Models, Creative Therapies, Relationship Counselling, Counselling for Trauma and PTSD

I am a registered counsellor with the BACP, and a registered, accredited counsellor with the ACC.

Experience
2.5 years counselling experience and over 800 client hours, including 2 years  in NHS hospital and a bereavement hospice as well as recent private practice and counselling agency.

Member organisations

ACC

Association for Christian Counsellors

The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK.

The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.

BACP

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

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

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Health Anxiety, including Covid-19 related
Family issues
Cultural Issues
Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) for relationship difficulties
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology

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Fees

Free initial 20-minute phone, Zoom or Skype consultation.

Regular fee £40 per session, discounted if a block of sessions is booked. For online counselling, a £5 discount is applied.
Please go to my website to access the special Covid-19 package (4 sessions for £80) to help you cope with anxiety, fear and stress.

Concessions
I truly believe counselling shouldn't be an out-of-reach luxury for you at the time you need it:  and so please discuss with me about concessions I do offer if you are a student or on a low income.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

My Counselling Room (see picture above) is accessible. It is on the ground floor and there is free parking outside.

I offer short, medium and long term counselling with individuals (18+)
Face to face. online or telephone counselling
Exmployee Assistance Program referrals

Gravesend
Kent
DA11

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Free parking nearby

Availability

flexible hours, daytime, evenings and weekends

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Mei Choate (PhD, MACC-Accred, MBACP, Dip.Couns)

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