Simon Hardy M.B.A.C.P accredited. Dip Couns.
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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Childhood bullying
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening, I can also offer Saturday appointments subject to availability