Dr Nathan Faulkner (DCPsych, CPsychol)
I'm a chartered counselling psychologist and integrative psychotherapist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS), Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I work with individuals and couples from my practice in the centre of Maidstone in Kent.
My approach is an integration of therapeutic approaches viewing both past and present experiences and situations as being important in influencing the ways in which we experience our lives. By considering these together we will explore ways in which you can gain a greater understanding of yourself to enable you to move on from issues that you feel might be holding you back.
Relationship counselling can help you both gain an understanding of the reasons for the difficulties you are experiencing and consider the best ways for you both to move forward.
The types of issues that lead a couple to consider counselling can be varied however examples include; couples who have recently got married, who are experiencing issues around fertility, infidelity, empty nest or challenges arising from being a blended family.
Below I have tried to include information that will hopefully help you decide whether I might be the right therapist for you to work with. If you have any other questions that are not answered here please feel free to contact me to discuss these. I am happy to have a confidential discussion over the phone to answer any questions with no obligation to meet if you decide you do not wish to.
Training, qualifications & experience
Prior to training as a Counselling Psychologist and Psychotherapist, I first studied Fine Art before returning to complete a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology. In addition to training as a Counselling Psychologist and Integrative Psychotherapist, I have also trained in Person-Centred and Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) approaches.
Throughout my career I have also worked in both primary and secondary mental health services in the NHS and charitable organisations as well as within specialist weight loss surgery services. Alongside working in private practice I also work as a visiting lecturer in counselling psychology as well as within a private hospital in Kent where I provide psychological support for individuals experiencing either mental health difficulties, managing major life transitions following diagnosis, surgery and/or other health-related difficulties.
Throughout my career, I have become interested in how physical change affects how people feel about themselves. Whether it be a physical part of yourself that you don’t like or a physical change brought about by illness, an accident or surgery (e.g. scarring, mastectomy, pregnancy, ageing, weight loss etc.) I work with individuals to overcome the limits and challenges that prevent them from living their lives fully and authentically.
Adopting a holistic view of the person allows me to help them explore and understand how they feel in their bodies, what impact changes to their physical functioning have had and what roles food and appearance play so to enable them to experience a more authentic relationship with their body.
Below I have indicated some specific areas I have experience of working with. The terms used here might not feel as though they match exactly what you are experiencing. This is perfectly natural so you might want to come along and talk over what you are experiencing without labelling it as anything in particular.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
In addition to the areas mentioned above I have also worked extensively with individual's experiencing issues related to changes in their physical health and body. In particular I have worked with a lot of clients who are are considering or who have previously had weight-loss (bariatric) surgery.
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All therapy sessions, including the initial meeting, are charged at the same rate. Working with individual clients and couples requires somewhat different approaches which are reflected in my fees and length of sessions. I also accept referrals for assessments required ahead of undergoing cosmetic surgery; fees for which can be found below.
I am also registered with BUPA to accept referrals via your health insurance.
Unless sessions are being paid via your health insurance, fees can be paid at the end of each session by cash or cheque or alternatively by BACS transfer if after discussion we feel this is a more convenient option (e.g. if we are meeting online).
- Individual self-funded sessions: £70 per session lasting 50 minutes.
- Couples self-funded sessions: £80 per session lasting 60 minutes.
- Single Assessment Session: £100 lasting 75 minutes
Reports/long e-mails or calls/ and letter writing are charged at £60 per hour or part thereof.
If you would like to make use of your health insurance, please discuss this with me before booking a session. Before meeting for an initial session, please also check with your insurance company whether your policy is valid and to find out the number of sessions that you are covered for.
If at any point during therapy your policy does not qualify for benefit or if your policy expires then you will be responsible for paying any fees. Please note that missed or cancelled sessions are not usually covered by insurance companies.
My practice is situated in Marsham Street, a quiet street in the centre of Maidstone, Kent, which is a few minutes from the main bus station and only a short walk from both Maidstone East and West train stations. There is also plenty of reasonably priced parking very nearby.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Due to my practice being situated in a private address it is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.
Please contact me to discuss your specific availability. I offer early morning, daytime and evening appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer individual supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists who are currently in training as well as those who are qualified or working towards accreditation.