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Shirley-Ann Galbraith, BA (Hons), PgDip. Counsellor & Psychotherapist MBACP

Maidstone, Kent, ME18
07701000822 07701000822

About me

About me

Hello and welcome.

I am a qualified psychotherapist and counsellor with over 30 years experience. For many of those years I worked within the Adult Mental Health Sector of the NHS and with the young persons department of Relate.

I have extensive training and experience and have worked with many aspects of human difficulty, both in the NHS and now within my private therapy practice.

This includes:

  • relational trauma:
  • relationship difficulties:
  • bereavement:
  • depression:
  • anxiety:
  • self-esteem and self-worth issues:
  • eating disorders:

Sometimes life presents challenges and the turbulence of these can be overwhelming and may impact negatively on our mental health and emotional well-being. Psychotherapy and counselling offer a safe space to explore your experiences of these difficulties. To feel safe with your therapist is one of the most important factors to consider before beginning therapy, so our first meeting provides a time to reflect and explore your reasons for considering therapy. In my private practice I work with adults experiencing all aspects of mental ill health concerns, relationship and life issues.

If these are feelings you are experiencing you may decide to make an appointment to discuss your concerns or issues. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to book an initial appointment.

I have trained as an integrative counsellor and then as a psychotherapist to post graduate level at the Metanoia Institute, London. In therapy the term integrative describes that I use different therapeutic models to work most effectively with the issues or concerns that you have. I regularly attend courses and workshops that support my psychotherapy qualification.

I offer face to face appointments in my office ( with a Covid 19 risk assessment in place) and online, via zoom, and telephone. appointments.

My office and consulting room are located at Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone and has free parking.

You can contact me via telephone or email and I will get back to you within 24hrs.

Training, qualifications & experience

Metanoia Institute:

  • Integrative Psychotherapy Training.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy, (Level 7)


  • Diploma in Counselling 1994 - 1998.

Central Saint Martins, UAL, London

  • BA (Hons). Fine Art

During my BA Fine Art I undertook extensive research into Art and Psychoanalysis and how they are observed in the therapeutic process.

British Psychological Society:

  • Life Coach Training.

British Mindfulness Academy

  • Certificate in Mindfulness for Professionals.

Counsellor Tutor

  • Online and Telephone Counselling Certificate, approved by ACTO

I previously worked for West Kent Social Care & Mental Health Trust

Over 30 years working as a counsellor and psychotherapist within the NHS, Charity and Private Sectors.

Working predominately with people over the age of 18, presenting with all aspects of mental ill health concerns.

Previous position: Inpatient and outreach work within the Drug and Alcohol Division. NHS

Previous position: Project Coordinator and Group Facilitator: Secondary Mental Health Sector, West Kent Social Care & Mental Health Trust.

Previous position: Relateen, the young persons division of Relate.

Previous position: Psychology & Psychological Therapies Division. Secondary Mental Health and

Outpatient referrals. NHS.

Previous position: Clinical Supervisor at Inter-Psyche Training Institute, Dip in Counselling.

Private Practice: Senior Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Life CoachI am now working predominantly within a private practice as a psychotherapist, counsellor and life coach.

Member organisations


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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies

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My fee is £65 per individual session and my concessionary fee is £45 - £65.

Concessions offered for

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

Further information

I work with adults and older teenagers from the age of sixteen upwards.

You can contact me via telephone or email and I will get back to you within 24hrs.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

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.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


I offer face to face appointments in my office (with a Covid 19 risk assessment in place) and also online, via zoom, and telephone appointments with flexible availability.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Shirley-Ann Galbraith, BA (Hons), PgDip. Counsellor & Psychotherapist MBACP

Shirley-Ann Galbraith, BA (Hons), PgDip. Counsellor & Psychotherapist MBACP