Simone McConnell-also BSL user, Hearing Parents of Deaf Children, AS & Dyslexia.
In seven years of private practice, I have sat with clients who are experiencing many different life challenges including my specialisms of working with hearing parents of Deaf children and Deaf individuals of all ages; supporting individuals and couples encountering the Autistic Spectrum and individuals experiencing the effects of Dyslexia. Contact me if this is you, I would like to hear from you so that we can look at how we can work together.
My interest in counselling goes back thirty years when I experienced how effective therapy can be. I learned how liberating it is for an individual to have the time and space to express anything they want in a safe and confidential setting. This influences my approach today and I aim to always offer the same experience to you.
Since qualifying I have enjoyed continuing my professional development, fostering and increasing my skills, knowledge and experience. Over the years this has included Creative and Therapeutic play, Animal Assisted Therapy and British Sign Language as well as workshops designed to develop skills for Walk and Talk Therapy, Working with Ruptured Relationships, Safeguarding, Autism and other neurological strengths.
I have a good deal of experience working with children, young people and adults with various life challenges from different cultures and genders.
I am warm with a personal approach. My focus is on meeting your goals by working in a compassionate and accepting manner enabling you to explore your values and beliefs. Working this way enables you to help yourself, giving you a voice where you may have felt you had none.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Level 4 Diploma BACP Gold Standard Integrative Counselling 2014
- ABC Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling 2015
- Certificate in Creative Therapy 2015
- Certificate in Couples Counselling 2016
- Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling 2017
- British Sign Language Level 3
- Certificate in Online Therapy 2020
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling 2020
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £50.00 to £120.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
Individuals (50 minutes) £50.00
Couples (two people 50 minutes) £70.00
Student Therapists £35.00 (50 minutes)
I can offer a limited number of reduced rate therapy slots, therefore please ask if cost is preventing you from accessing therapy when you may need it the most.
I currently offer work via Zoom and telephone. I also offer Walk & Talk therapy in the Medway area. Sessions are available Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm.