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M.B.A.C.P accredited. Dip Couns

About me

Choosing a Counsellor can be a difficult process therefore I believe that it is important to have some knowledge of your chosen therapist’s theoretical background and working methods.

My working method is integrative which means I adopt more than one theoretical approach but predominately incorporates Person Centred and Cognitive Behavioural techniques. Person Centred is a non authoritative, non judgemental approach to Counselling which gives an individual a safe environment to talk freely, adjust negative self concepts and subsequently overcome ‘blocks’ which may hinder or prevent emotional fulfilment. Cognitive Behavioural techniques involve identifying and changing unhelpful patterns of thinking which can often both trigger and maintain psychological and emotional distress.

I am able to offer short or long term therapy according to the wishes and needs of the individual client. I am aware that owing to employment commitments it can often be difficult for individuals to attend daytime sessions, therefore I can offer evening and weekend (Saturday) appointments subject to availability.

A first or initial session would be an opportunity for you to discuss your needs and expectations from therapy. I also feel that it is an important opportunity to decide whether you feel that your chosen Therapist is suitable for you and that you would feel comfortable working together.

Training, qualifications & experience

Following 3 years of NHS based training I was awarded the diploma in Integrative Counselling.

For approximately 7 years I have worked with NHS patients at both GP surgeries and primary care health centres across Kent. I am experienced at working with a diverse range of emotional and psychological problems including, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma, loss, and the emotional consequences of psychological abuse. I also have training and experience of working with survivors of both adult and childhood rape, sexual abuse and childhood neglect. I am an accredited member of the B.A.C.P and I hold a current enhanced DBS certificate.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

My fees are £40.00 per session. I am able to offer concessionary rates for over 65's, for those suffering financial hardship and for student counsellors in training.

When I work

Daytime and evening, I can also offer Saturday appointments subject to availability

39-48 Marsham Street, Maidstone, ME14 1HH

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS check

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