Hi, Im Fiona. I'm an integritively trained, fully qualified counsellor in Gravesend.
As a person, I am patient, warm and friendly. I like to think that my clients feel comfortable with me. Although I have lots of qualifications to help do my job, I am a down to earth person too. YOU are the expert in your life, I am just the person YOU choose to help you unravel your difficulties. My personal qualities show in my counselling work, and I absolutely thrive when working with others to help them achieve their goals.
I firmly believe that building secure relationship with a counsellor is key to how successful therapy will be for you. I know that when we consider finding a counsellor, It can be an anxiety provoking experience... with so many different therapists to choose from where do we start? All counsellors on this site are fully trained, and qualified, so you don't have to worry about that. The counselling directory has done that work for you.
Like other counsellors I 'know my stuff". I may be down to earth, but I take my learned skills and knowledge seriously (behind the scenes!) I really do work in tailored ways with each of my clients. I have lots of methods and means of working with others in an ethical and productive way. I am a firm believer that the client knows what is best for them (person centered approach), and will never force our work in a direction you are not comfortable with.
I believe that inner child work can be very powerful. Our core beliefs can have a major impact on who we are today. I love helping others connect with the past and overcome learned beliefs that are not helpful or useful to us in our adult lives.
I love using stones, and other forms of art therapy, but please remember, I fully appreciate that they aren't everyones 'cup of tea'.
I am also very aware that a lot of people may prefer a more logical and "here and now" approach. I find that CBT (Cognitive Behavioual Therapy) can be really effective for a lot of people, and I am ready and willing to help you focus on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour, and I can help teach you coping skills for dealing with different problems.
With my guidance, you can learn about your patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviours and how to exert your power of choice over what life throws at you.
During an initial no-obligation assessment with a potential client, I will start to get a feel for what might work for you. I am very interested in what your expectations and desired outcomes for counselling are. Every client I already see is of course unique, and I work with everyone differently. I've been told on several occasions that clients have appreciated my warm, and calm approach. There is never any pressure to book for further sessions after assessment.
You may feel that counselling will be beneficial to you, as it will simply be good to have someone to talk to. If that is the case, I can do simply that. I am able to listen to others, with a very non judgemental approach. I will be there to support you, with no hidden agenda, and help you process what you are saying with very simple gestures that you probably wont even notice.
Others might want more directive help in understanding their thoughts and feelings. I can offer lots of help with this too. I will ask you questions that might provoke your mind, and untangle thoughts that you may not have previously understood. I'm not here to offer you advice... that would be very unethical indeed. Instead, I am here to gently guide and support you in making your own decisions. My integritive style of training, alongside my personality allows me to very successfully work with all sorts of presenting issues.
Training, qualifications & experience
"Mental health" is a widely publisiced topic nowadays. My backround is in this field, and I have lots of experience with clients who have both severe and mild types of mental health issues. Anxiety and depression are both very common, but individual to each persons experience. I recognise and help many people with these issues through their own personal experience, and have worked with numerous individuals that also have diagnosis of less common mental health problems. I am also very experienced in helping others with the impact it can have to help a loved one through mental health issues.
I've worked in hospice care, Including bereavement and managing the many emotions that surround terminal illness. Grief and loss are emotions/phases that most of us endure at some point in our lives, but that in no way makes it easy to live through. Many of us have to go through loss without death, by means of relationship breakdown, geographical distance from our loved ones, losing our job, and so many other causes which are all very difficult.
I have a wide range of other experiences working with a huge variety of presenting issues, including :
Domestic violence, Addictions, OCD, Bullying, Trauma, PTSD, Gender identity issues, Physical illness, Stress, Issues surrounding sexuality, and much more.
I hold the following qualifications (and have more, as I am continually having ongoing training to keep my learning, and knowledge current. These cover many areas and are too long to list.)
- Level 2 counselling studies CPCAB
- Level 3 Counselling skills CPCAB
- Level 4 Diploma in therapeutic Counselling CPCAB
- Freedom Programme Training (for working with victims of domestic abuse)
- Treating Intrusive Thoughts and the inner critical voice.
- Autism Awareness
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
Individual Counselling costs from £40 per 50-60 minutes during daytimes Monday-Thursday.
I am able to offer a limited number of evening appointments for £50 per 50-60 minute session.
***I am willing to negotiate costs for those on low incomes, although spaces for low cost counselling are limited. I am also able to offer counselling students a reduced rate, Please contact me to discuss availability.