About me

My Private Practice is situated in a beautiful and peaceful location, just outside Maidstone with private parking.

At times, we need a little extra support when life can feel as if it has been turned upside down, sometimes with no obvious reasons why. I work with you to explore what is happening in your life and how perhaps difficult past life experiences can affect you. Feeling depressed and or anxious often stems from difficulties with relationships and I work with you to help you explore this in a safe environment.

Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy.

EFP is a short term and effective therapeutic approach that uses the dynamic nature of horses in a natural environment. It is a collaborative activity with horses that encourages participants to gain new insight into their thoughts and emotions.

Working as a EFP practitioner means I work one to one with you and the horses so ensuring a comfortable and confidential experience between two people. There are a number of differences from room based talking therapy, the first obviously being outdoors, in a beautiful and peaceful environment on the edge of the North Downs, and finally an element of fun!

There is no riding involved, all the work is done on the ground and no previous experience or knowledge of horses is necessary.

EFP is beneficial for those who feel uncomfortable in room based therapy and can help with an extensive range of issues including: anxiety, depression, anger management, addictions, relationships, autism, abuse, behavioural issues, bullying, low self confidence and many more.

EFP is suitable for people of all ages and I provide sessions from the age of 11 upwards

DIT ( Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy)

DIT is used in the NHS as a treatment for depression and generalised anxiety disorder, as recommended by NHS England.

DIT is a time limited therapy over 16 weekly sessions. The aim is to help you understand the connection between something that feels wrong to what is happening in your relationships, through identifying a core, repetitive pattern of relating to people that can often be traced back to childhood. Once it is identified, it will be used to make sense of what is happening in your life and that may be significant contributors to your anxiety and depression.


Thinking about counselling can be a daunting experience but perhaps by reading this you have taken the first step.  There is no obligation to continue after the first meeting but if you wish to, we will agree a day and time that works for you. Sessions are for 50 minutes and can go on for as long as you feel you need them. They typically take place on an agreed time and day each week, including evenings and weekends, subject to availability.

I have extensive experience in agencies, private schools, the NHS and private practice, working with all sorts of issues ranging from bereavement, generalised anxiety disorder, attachment disorders, depression, bullying, low self esteem, physical and emotional abuse, eating disorders, self harm and domestic violence.

I believe we all have the capacity to work through and take control of our lives in a more positive way.

Training, qualifications & experience

WPF Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling

LEAP Certified EFP Practitioner.
Certificate in CBT Skills.

BPC Accredited Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy Practitioner.

I have over 5 years experience providing short term counselling as part of the IAPT service, schools, agencies and currently work in Private Practice in Maidstone, Kent. I have over 25 years experience working with horses.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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 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).

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Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

An initial assessment is £25.00.   This gives you the chance to be sure working with me is right for you.

I can work for an unlimited period or for a specific number of sessions.

Further Fees are charged at £45 per 1: 1 room based 50 minute session
Equine Therapy is charged at £70 per session.

Concession rates are available on assessment.


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I offer online counselling

I can offer flexible times including evenings and weekends.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Ground floor facilities.

Additional languages

I can work alongside interpreters.

Sandy Kempson

Sandy Kempson