Philip Kemp

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MBACP, BA (Hons) Counselling
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Brentwood CM15 & Ipswich IP4
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello. My name is Philip Kemp, MBACP,  and I am a qualified Humanistic counsellor and psychotherapist.

Are you feeling low? Anxious? Questioning your worth for others and yourself? Do you feel isolated? Or are you struggling to reconcile with past trauma?

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.

My passionate belief in human resilence underpins the way that I work: human beings are not simply capable of surviving in the face of hardship, but flourishing. My role is to provide a 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.

I offer flexibility in my offering of therapeutic interventions, with particular proficiency in working with LGBTQ+ issuesbereavement, and historic trauma.

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 after this process, counselling can begin in earnest.

For appointments and telephone consultations, please call me on 07774 539 483, send an email or use the booking form here.

Training, qualifications & experience

Key training/qualifications:

  • Registered BACP membership (MBACP) - 390202
  • BA (Hons) Counselling – South Essex College University Centre/University of East Anglia (First Class Honours)
  • Level 3 Designated Safeguarding Lead
  • Suicide First Aid (ASIST)
  • Online and telephone counselling training


I began my training within the statutory and third sector industries, accruing my counselling hours through The Outhouse, an LGBTQ+ charity, and the probation service (Essex CRC). I met all practical and academic requirements of my course, achieving a First Class Honours degree classification.


I am currently employed by HBBS Counselling and Wellbeing in the Arts, as well as operating my private practice Black Sheep Counselling & Psychotherapy.

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, as well as remote sessions over Microsoft Teams and WhatsApp video call.

I am particularly experienced in working with LGBTQ+ issues  (including gender identity and expression and sexuality), trauma, and bereavement.

I have extensive experience in facilitating sessions both face-to-face and remotely.

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.


£50.00 - £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 onwards) £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

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Further information

The location of my practice is in Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood, with non-permit parking widely available. 

My way of working is traditional Humanistic talk therapy. However, I have experience of working with and facilitating other interventions, including positive affirmations, breathing exercises, and psychoeducation, to name a few. I am also trauma-informed and LGBTQ+ affirmative.

Elizabeth Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15

Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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