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BA (Hons), MBACP

About me

Hello, my name is Phil Kemp and I am a qualified Humanistic counsellor and psychotherapist.

Are you feeling low? Anxious? Questioning your worth for others and yourself? Feeling isolated irrespective of your social and community connections? You are not alone. Whilst battling these internal conflicts can leave you feeling alienated, and somewhat of a black sheep, my experiences, both professionally and personally, suggest that these are universal of human living.

How can counselling help?

So how does one deal with these issues? Over the course of my counselling training, I have developed the belief that individuals are stronger and more capable than they would ever give themselves credit for, even in the face of adversity. While I believe this capacity for resilience is innate in human beings, with the backing of a supportive other such as a counsellor or psychotherapist, the rewards of this human quality can be greater reaped and enhanced.

These tales of resilience along with the philosophy of Humanistic psychology underpin the way that I work. I believe that not only are human beings capable of surviving in the face of hardship, but flourishing. My role is simply to provide a warm, non-judgmental but challenging environment through which you can explore anything you wish to bring to the session, where your voice will be heard and your confidentiality will be protected.

While my background is predominantly person-centred, I have a keen interest in various other therapeutic interventions, including creative techniques, CBT practices such as positive affirmations, gestalt experiments and existential therapy.

I am a registered member of the BACP and abide by their ethical framework, attending regular clinical supervision and continuing to enhance my practice through further training and research. I offer face-to-face counselling sessions in Brentwood, as well as remote sessions over Zoom and via telephone.

What can I expect in the first session?

The first session will be an assessment, which is an opportunity for me to get to know you, the problems you are experiencing and your goals for therapy. If you choose to work with me, we will usually contract for a minimum of six sessions, the sixth being a review. After which, a discussion regarding further sessions will be had; if a mutual agreement for the continuation of therapy is reached, sessions will continue at your discretion until you feel comfortable for an ending.

Training, qualifications & experience


I started my training within the statutory and third sector industries, accruing my counselling hours through The Outhouse (formerly Outhouse East), an LGBTQ+ charity, and the probation service (Essex CRC). I currently work as a counsellor for HBBS Counselling, and operate my private practice Black Sheep Counselling & Psychotherapy from my home in Brentwood.

Over the course of my career, I have engaged with a range of client experiences, including depression, bereavement, suicide ideation, domestic violence, racial identity and various LGBTQ+ issues, including gender identity and expression and sexuality.

I have experience in facilitating sessions both face-to-face and remotely (i.e., Zoom and telephone).


Registered BACP membership (MBACP- 390202

BA (Hons) Counselling – South Essex College University Centre (examining body – University of East Anglia): First Class Honours

Level 2 Safeguarding

Various CPD certificates

Member organisations


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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have worked therapeutically within the criminal justice system, and as such have experience with low-to-medium risk offenders.


From £50.00 to £55.00

Additional information

Please note that I offer my counselling services to adults (18 years +) only

Individual sessions (daytime) £50

Individual sessions (evening - 5pm and beyond) £55

I also offer a free 15-minute telephone consultation, to discuss any queries and to establish whether counselling is right for you.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday availability: 9am to 5pm

Thursday availability: 9am to 5pm

Friday availability: 9 am to 5pm

Saturday availability: 9am to 1pm

Further information

The location of my practice is central to Brentwood, within walking distance of both the high street and the local railway station (which has direct links to both London and Essex). 

My way of working is traditional Humanistic talk therapy. However, I have experience of working with and facilitating other interventions, many of them creative, including positive affirmations, breathing exercises, and guided imagery, to name a few.

Brentwood, Essex, CM14 4DF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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