Sheila Kavanagh - Counselling Psychologist
I am a Counselling Psychologist working in Aylesbury. I offer sessions to assist people to explore themselves and their current situation to gain a greater understanding or walk alongside them as they make life changes they feel are necessary.
I am aware that sometimes people find it hard to discuss their worries or their aspirations with people they know, or feel those close to them listen but do not hear. This pandemic has made many difficulties even worse for many people and they feel they are struggling alone despite having others in their lives. For others it is important to take time out of their normal day-to-day life to reflect on their life and their self. I offer one to one counselling either short or long term depending on your needs for issues ranging from feeling sad, low self-worth, depression, anxiety, generalised anxiety, relationship difficulties etc.
I believe the aim of counselling is to provide you with an opportunity to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe place. I will use knowledge acquired from my training to help you gain a better understanding of yourself, your current situation and your relationships.
For some people understanding your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and perhaps where they may have come from is all you require. However for others they wish to understand and then make some changes in order to either minimise distress or adapt more fulfilling ways of being.
My role is to help you through either process without judgement or telling you what to do. I may on occasions give information or offer suggestions. I am well aware that often the nature of the issues discussed are very sensitive so we will endeavour to create an environment in which any issue can be explored.
I am a registered Counselling Psychologist with the HCPC (The Health and Care Professions Council). I am also a Chartered Psychologist and embrace the British Psychological Society's code of ethics and conduct which is available from the website: www.bps.org.uk.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, sessions are by Zoom or telephone. Face to face appointments will resume when it is safe.
Appointments are available at The Belmore Centre or The Meeting House, Rickford's Hill, Aylesbury when face to face is possible. I offer sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the day or evenings.
Please contact me by email or on 07906 620605 to discuss a day and time that best suits you.
If you are unsure of what counselling is or how it can help you, feel free to email me. We could also arrange a time to discuss this.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualification:
BSc in Applied Psychology
Diploma in Psychology (Conversion for Graduates)
MSc Counselling Psychology
Post Graduate Diploma in the Practice of Counselling Psychology
I am a Chartered Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society. I practice within an integrative framework, using Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural approaches. I also have an interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Schema Therapy.
I have worked with adults in a variety of settings including NHS Psychology Departments, GP surgeries and Mental Health voluntary organisations (MIND).
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees are £50 per 50 minute weekly session.
Payment is accepted by cash or cheque at the end of each session or BACs in advance.
Please note that 48 hours notice must be given for cancellations. Missed appointments will be charged for at the full rate.
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, day and evening sessions available.
If you are unsure if counselling could help you or have any questions about the process please feel free to email or call me in office hours. If I am unable to answer the phone I will ring you back as soon as possible.