Rosemary Conolly, MA, BA(Hons), PGDip. Reg MBACP (Accred)
Sometimes in life we are confronted with problems that seem insurmountable and feel overwhelming. At times such as these counselling instills hope and offers compassion in a safe and confidential way.
I am a qualified and experienced counsellor and psychotherapist who helps people with issues of anxiety and low self-esteem, as well as a range of other emotional and psychological problems that you may be experiencing.
I provide a safe, caring and confidential environment where you can explore your difficulties and work towards a greater understanding and way forward so that you can gain the most from your life. I have counselling rooms in St. Marys Medical Centre, Strood and The Studio in Rochester where you will find ample parking in close proximity.
Choosing a counsellor is extremely confusing. You're looking for someone you can feel comfortable with and someone who can help you feel better about things. You may want to speak to one or two on the phone and take it from there. You may prefer to email me initially with your thoughts and questions and we could then go on to arrange an initial meeting after that.
What to expect in our first session
I recognise that this is an important step for you. In your first appointment we can talk about what is on your mind and explore your current and past difficulties. We can look at what you would like to achieve and hold that in mind for our work together. I will discuss confidentiality with you and answer any questions. You can see how you feel working with me. There is no obligation for you to continue. You may want to go away and think about it.
Counselling and Psychotherapy
If you decide to continue we will meet (initially) on a weekly basis. During our sessions I will try to understand your experiences and feelings and respond empathetically and honestly, sensitively offering my insight, and enabling you to become more knowledgeable about yourself, your thoughts and feelings, and work towards your wishes and goals. Through this collaborative relationship a mutual honesty and trust slowly grows. This therapeutic relationship is the beginning of the process of self-growth and change.
As an Counsellor and psychotherapist I offer both short term support at a time of crisis or distress, or longer term treatment that focuses on deeper emotional issues and unconscious conflicts that may have built up over a period of time and may be holding you back. This may be particularly helpful if you feel stuck in a particular pattern of behaviour that you cannot seem to change by yourself.
As an Art Psychotherapist I also offer a form of psychotherapy that enables change and growth through the use of art materials. Art Therapy offers the opportunity for expression and communication that can be particularly helpful to people who find it hard to express their thoughts and feelings verbally. As a fully qualified and experienced Art Therapist I help adults, older adults and children with various difficulties including depression, anxiety and more complex emotional issues such as bipolar and BPD.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience working with adults, older adults, children and adolescents. As a counsellor and art psychotherapist, I have worked with clients from all walks of life who are experiencing difficulties from moderate to severe.
I was drawn to psychotherapy both through my work with people experiencing mental health difficulties and my own personal crises. The support I have received personally through therapy has helped me through painful periods in my life and I discovered how beneficial and rewarding therapy can be.
My qualifications are:
Masters Degree in Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmiths College University of London
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling from University of Greenwich (BACP accredited course)
Continuing Professional Development in:
Mentalisation at BAAT
Attachment and loss at Art Therapy Centre
dissociative disorders at PODS
survivors of childhood abuse at One in four
Dementia - Alzheimers, Vascular, Lewy Bodies
I have worked with:
NHS (adults and older adults with dementia)
CAMHS (Children and adolescents and families)
Community Therapy Services. (adults)
The Health Professions Council
Full member of:
The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy,
The British Association of Art Therapists.
I have enhanced CRB clearance for working with both adults and young people.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling and psychotherapy: £40