My name is Richard King and I am a qualified and accredited with both the BACP as a counsellor and I am accredited with the BABCP as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT). I am also a qualified as a trauma focused this delivering EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing) treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
I work from a location in the Maidstone town centre.
How I work
I would describe my counselling approach as Person Centred, which is a non authoritative, non judgemental approach to Counselling which gives an individual a safe environment to talk freely and overcome ‘blocks’ which may hinder or prevent emotional fulfilment. Cognitive Behavioural techniques involve understand and identifying how our thinking and behaviour impact on our emotions. Counselling sessions tend to be more led by the client, whilst CBT style is more collaborative and requires the client’s commitment to making agreed changes between sessions to overcome psychological difficulties such as anxiety and depression.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) to individuals suffering recent / post-history of trauma and presenting symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD). EMDR is an effective treatment recognised by Nice Guidelines for processing various types of trauma.
If you would like to find out more about how I work and how I could help you then please contact me by phone or email and I will arrange a convenient time to talk with you on the phone before we make an appointment. If you then wish to go ahead we can make an appointment for an initial assessment which provides an opportunity for us to discuss your problems, needs and expectations of therapy. It is also an opportunity to see if we both feel comfortable working together before proceeding.
I can work on a short term or longer term basis, however I will always review with you how the sessions are going to ensure we are working towards your goals.
Since the COVID-19 lock-down I have been unable to continue with face to face sessions in the clinical room. However, I am pleased to say that the delivery of online video seasons has proved better than I expected. This is the current standard method of delivery for primary care mental health services in Kent, with no current plans in the short to medium term for returning to the clinic rooms until it is considered safe to practice. These video sessions are conducted by Google Meet, which is a secure service and offers much greater flexibility for most people. However, this does also require privacy to be established in peoples environments to maintain confidentiality.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am registered as an accredited member with both the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psyhcotherapy) and BABCP (British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapies)
My qualifications include:
- 2017 - Post Graduate Diploma in CBT, Canterbury Christ Church University
- 2010 - EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) Level 2
- 2008 - NCFE Level 5, Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Bexley College
I have more than 10 years clinical experience, working primarily within the NHS primary care sector delivering a range of short term psychological therapies.
During my early years qualifying as a counsellor and shortly after I worked within the voluntary sector. My voluntary counselling experience includes bereavement counselling at a local Hospice, working with children in primary schools with the The Place2be and working with survivors or rape and childhood sexual abuse with Family Matters.
Prior to my work as a counsellor I qualified as an Engineer working in the avionics and film industries, where I worked for 11years.
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 Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per session