About me

I am a qualified, experienced counsellor, and a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).

I offer a confidential, safe and non-judgemental space in which you can explore whatever brings you to counselling.

It could be that there have been things that have troubled you for some time and which you now feel ready to think about in more depth. Maybe recent events have caused you to feel like you need some help to cope. Or perhaps you just don’t feel right and would like some space to explore why that may be.

Talking with a skilled, impartial counsellor can help you find the words to make sense of your experiences and to better understand yourself. Taking time to think about what's going on will help you to find a way forward.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from The Counselling Centre in Tunbridge Wells, where I continue to work as a senior counsellor. I also have experience working within the NHS in pre and postnatal mental health, and as part of the counselling team at West Kent Mind.

​I have worked with people across a variety of areas including anxiety, depression, relationship breakdown, bereavement, trauma and abuse. I also have particular experience working during pregnancy, following childbirth and into early parenthood.

​I take my commitment to ensuring the quality and development of my practice very seriously and undertake regular further training. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, whose ethical framework I adhere to.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I specialise in working during the perinatal period - from the earliest days of pregnancy and through early parenthood. I work with mothers-to-be, fathers-to-be and new parents, to help you work through difficulties that have arisen during the journey to parenthood. This might include pre and postnatal depression/anxiety, recovery from a difficult or traumatic birth experience, or difficulties with early bonding.

It may also be that, given present circumstances, you would appreciate a space in which to think about your experience of having a baby during such challenging times. I can help you to think through the impact this has had on you and how you might manage going forward.

Therapies offered

  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

Additional information

My fee is £50 per session.

Availability

I currently have availability on Fridays.

Further information

I understand that making the decision to start counselling can feel like a big step, and it's important you feel comfortable with whoever you decide to work with.

Following a brief telephone conversation or email exchange, we will arrange to meet for an initial consultation where we can discuss what brings you to counselling. We'll think about how it might help you and whether open-ended or a brief series of sessions would be most beneficial. This is also an opportunity for you to get a feel for how I work.

There is no obligation to proceed beyond this point, but if we agree to ongoing sessions, we will meet weekly, on the same day and at the same time.

My comfortable practice room is located a short walk from Tunbridge Wells station. There is plenty of on and off-street parking nearby.

At present, I understand that you may prefer to have sessions remotely, and we can arrange to meet on Zoom or by telephone as an alternative.

Richmond Terrace
49 London Road
Tunbridge Wells
TN1 1DT

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Key details

My practice room is situated on the ground floor, with a few shallow steps up to the front door. Should you need to attend your session with your baby, there is plenty of room for your buggy, and I will be on hand to help you with the steps.

Rachael Manku

Rachael Manku