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Person-Centred Counsellor (Dip.Couns), MBACP

About me

Welcome to PEACE n MIND Counselling in Rochester, Gillingham & London, SW11

Do you have a sense something is wrong but struggle to open up or express how you feel to your partner, family or friends as 'they just don't get you'? Anxiety and panic attacks starting to control your life but not sure what is triggering them? Have you been recommended to seek counselling for an addiction or need some support with your mental health or a recent diagnosis?  

Whatever your reason, it's ok not to be in a 'great place'.  I have been there myself and know how alone you can feel with those struggles and thoughts. So how can counselling help?

Introduction

My name is Sam and I welcome you as even getting this far you may have had to deal with anxiety, hurdles or people telling you to just learn to deal with it.  

Often trying to figure out if and what support you may need can feel like a minefield in itself.  The thought of talking to a stranger about our problems and feelings can make us feel vulnerable and exposed.  The beauty of talking to a counsellor though is we are neutral and independent of your situation which can make it easier to open up.  We are also here to listen to you and your concerns,  not bring our own problems into the discussion as well.  However, making a 'connection' with your counsellor is probably the most important factor in feeling comfortable and safe to begin talking.  So, let me introduce myself.

About me

I am a qualified Counsellor and  member of the BACP.  My core therapeutic practice is Person-Centred but I am also trained in several other Humanistic approaches which means I can tailor therapy to meet your individual needs.  Person-centred counselling is more like a talking therapy.  This type of therapy is, I feel, very unique for clients struggling with addiction/mental health as person-centred counsellors view the client as the expert of their own life and we are not here to judge or tell you what you should be doing but rather to empathetically listen and get to understand your needs and what makes you who you are. 

Each session, you set the agenda which means basically we can discuss whatever you feel you need to and we go at your pace. This can be very different to what most clients have experienced when engaged in other services or with the medical profession and this alone can be very beneficial in clients feeling heard and supported. Often all clients really need to help them find their own answers, is just to openly be able to verbalise thoughts and ideas without judgement, shame or even unwanted advice.

Experience

I believe life experience is just as important as academic qualifications and I have had the privilege of working with many clients from a vast array of backgrounds.

Whilst running my private practice, I also volunteer as a counsellor with a local homeless charity supporting clients who have been involved in the criminal justice system due to struggles with addictions, some who have trauma and others with complex mental health issues.

I have previously been a Support Worker in addiction services and criminal justice supporting clients with alcohol and substance misuse, mental health including anxiety and depression, BPD, ADHD, paranoia, suicidal thoughts and self-harm.

As well as being a counsellor, I also work part-time within a secondary school in the Special Educational Needs Team.  I am trained and used to working with students with diagnosed ADHD, ADD and ASD, Sensory Disorders, Anxiety and Disabilities.  I am also trained as a Mental Health First Aider.

What's next?

I would be happy to arrange an assessment or as I like to call it, 'getting to know each other'.  You will not be pressured to discuss anything you don't feel comfortable too and you will be under no obligation to book counselling with me if it doesn't feel right for you. 

Please either email or press the "request an introductory call" button if you have any questions or to book a counselling session.  Feel free to also visit my website for more information. 

Please note, I am often with clients during the day so not available to answer phone calls unless pre-booked through the call request button.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPCAB - L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Humanistic)
  • CPCAB - L3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Mediation for Neighbourhood Disputes
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) - currently studying
  • Assist Suicide Intervention - Grassroots
  • MIND - MHFA Youth Mental Health First Aider

I am trained to also offer psycho-social and educational support in addictions which I integrate within counselling when needed. 

As a member of the BACP, I adhere to their Ethical Framework (2018) which recommends I undertake regular CPD training.  Some examples of CPD courses I have undertaken include: 

  • Counselling Clients in Substance Misuse
  • Working with Self-Harm
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Counselling Autisic Clients
  • Counselling ADHD Clients
  • Working with Challenging Behaviour
  • Working with Bereavement & Complex Grief
  • Building Rational Depth with Traumatised Clients
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults & Young People
  • PREVENT (Terrorism & Extremism)

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am keen to offer support to those not usually comfortable reaching out for counselling due to cultural upbringing.  BAME and diversity aware.

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Fees

From £45.00 to £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Students

Additional information

  • £45.00 - DAY RATE (in-person & online)
  • £45.00 - EVENING RATE - ONLINE
  • £50.00 - EVENING RATE - IN PERSON (Gillingham only)

Concessions for block bookings of 4 sessions - please enquire directly.

I also offer a few reduced cost spaces for students.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

LONDON - Online sessions only currently - day & evenings.

ROCHESTER - Face-to-face daytime sessions only or online evenings.

GILLINGHAM -  Evenings face-to-face.

Rochester, Kent, ME1

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Office situated just off Rochester High Street with payable carpark 5mins away in Union Street. Within walking distance from Rochester Train Station and on bus routes. Room is disability friendly and toilet has one step.

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