COUNSELLING: As an experienced counsellor, I offer a nurturing environment where you will be listened to, valued and accepted as you work through issues. In the important client-counsellor relationship my aim is that you experience empathy and authenticity during the counselling journey. This creates a safe environment where issues can be worked through without fear of judgement.
I am an integrative counsellor which means I use a range of counselling approaches. This will enable counselling to be tailored to you as an individual, the issues you want to focus on and the goals you want to work towards.
Perhaps sometimes you may struggle with negative self-beliefs, such as ‘I’m a failure’, or ‘I’m not good enough’. Counselling can help you understand how your thoughts, beliefs, emotions, choices and behaviour impact each other and are lived out in your everyday life. Gaining this self-awareness can help overcome controlling negative self-beliefs and open up new choices and new approaches to life issues.
Do you ever say to yourself, ‘Why do I always react like that’, ‘Why do I always feel so bad about myself’, ‘Why do I always say things like that’ or ‘I feel so isolated’. Through counselling you can develop self-awareness by reflecting on and exploring aspects of your development as a person and your relationships. This can give you a greater sense of self-understanding by helping you to uncover buried aspects of yourself which cause you to feel and act the way you do. Once you gain this self-understanding you can then work on developing reactions and responses that are understood and desired, helping you develop relational confidence and self-acceptance.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Counselling Children and Young People (2020)
Diploma Counselling Children and Adolescents (2018)
BA(Hons) Counselling and Theology - BACP accredited course (2012)
Diploma (Level 7) Supervision (2017)
Continual Professional Development and Training:
I am committed to ongoing development as a counsellor. This has included further training regarding: emotional regulation and resilience, addictions, eating disorders, personality disorders, trauma, including developmental trauma, self-harm, depression, anxiety and working with suicidal clients; challenging behaviour and conflict resolution.
Solution Focused Training
Creative Gestalt Training Safeguarding training.
Registered Midwife (The Royal London and Newham Hospitals/City University)
Registered Nurse (The Royal London Hospital)
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.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Christian spiritual accompanying
- Close relationship conflict and/or abuse
- Spiritual formation
- Cross-cultural counselling
Other Therapies offered (besides those listed below)
Sometimes it is hard to find words to describe your feelings or experiences, especially when they are painful, hard to remember or unclear. It can be helpful to use other ways of exploring your story, as follows:
- Creative therapy: using a range of interventions including toys, pictures, creative writing, drawing, painting, sand, clay, craft, masks, games. We can also use drama to create and explore stories. For some sessions, we could meet at Kettering Heritage Quarter where we can view art work in the art gallery or historic artefacts in the museum and reflect on what these different images or objects mean or say to you. (Note: meeting at Kettering Heritage Quarter is offered to age 18+ clients).
- Walking therapy: you may find that it helps you to talk when walking rather than sitting in the counselling room. If so, we can meet, and talk as we walk. This may be at: Wicksteed Park in Kettering or we can meet at the Kettering Heritage Quarter where we can view art work in the art gallery or historic artefacts in the museum and reflect on what these different images or objects mean or say to you. The first session would be at my counselling room/via remote counselling. (Age 18+ clients).
- Any of these therapies may be combined. For clients aged 13-18, although walk and talk therapy is not offered, we can still work well towards your goals using all other therapies mentioned.
Self-Awareness Through Creativity Workshop: Individuals / Groups
- Each session is 90 minutes and is designed to run for 4 weeks.
Location of workshops:-Individuals at counselling room.
- Groups at client workplace or agreed community setting booked by clients.
Concessions offered for
COUNSELLING Fee per hour:
Six session block booking available: Individual: £260 Couples: £380
Individual: £45 per hour £65 for one and a half hours
Trainee counsellors: £35 per hour £55 for one and a half hours £65 for two hours
Group: £30 per counsellor for a one and a half hour session (up to 4 counsellors in a group). Please contact me if you wish to have group supervision, even if you do not have others to make a group with, as others may do the same and a group can be created.
Self-awareness Through Creativity Workshop:
Group members (at least 4 members) £30 each per 90 minute session
Individuals: £70 per 90 minute session
I adhere to the BACP Ethics and Principles for good practise framework.
I attend regular supervision to support a high standard of counselling service.
I have enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) clearance.
"I talked with Philippa online and even through the computer screen I felt keenly her strength to hold what I was saying, without rushing. She allowed space and helped me unpack stuff with gentle authority. I also saw in her face genuine empathy as I spoke and no judgement. Thank you Philippa. "
"Philippa came highly recommended to me and now I can see why! Her friendly and calming manner put me at ease and gave me a space to talk about difficult emotions and experiences. Together, we worked through my goals and Philippa's guidance and reflections enabled me to develop a greater understanding of myself. I have finished feeling happier, more confident and more aware of who I am. I would certainly recommend her!!"
"I would recommend Philippa as a counsellor - she is friendly, empathic, supportive and has encouraged me to recognise the significance of losses that occurred during my early life which has given me a greater understanding of myself."