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About me

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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, and we can explore that too.

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.  The good news is that whatever you may be going through, it is possible to overcome hurdles and get to that better place where you can find yourself and live out of the values you hold dear.

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 or online initial consultation, without obligation, for us to get to know each other a little, answer any questions you may have and decide whether we can work together.

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
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)
  • Continuing Professional Development
    Health Anxiety, OCD, ADHD, Grief Therapy Models, Creative Therapies, Relationship Counselling, Counselling for Trauma and PTSD

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

Experience
Over 2 years inNHS hospital, 3.5 years in a bereavement hospice, and 3 years in a Christian counselling agency and my own private practice.  My clients come from different ethnic and social backgrounds.

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.

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.

Association for Christian Counsellors

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
Mindfulness Based Stress Relief
Christian counselling

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • 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

From £25.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

Free initial 20-minute phone, Zoom or Skype consultation

Regular fee for individual clients is  £40 per 50 minute session .
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, on a low income,  NHS employee or if you book a block of 5 sessions

Availability

flexible hours, daytime, evenings and occasional weekends

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+)
Socially-distanced face to face,  online or telephone counselling

Gravesend
Kent
DA11

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

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.

Free parking nearby

Dr. Mei Choate, Counsellor/Psychotherapist (PhD, MBACP (Accred), Dip. Couns)

Dr. Mei Choate, Counsellor/Psychotherapist (PhD, MBACP (Accred), Dip. Couns)