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About me

Most of us will feel the need for extra support during certain periods of our lives, and definitely, the current pandemic can trigger a lot of difficult feelings. Anxiety is at an all time high, relationship problems are exacerbated and loneliness is more acute. Perhaps this is an issue you've tried to deal with for a while but it's not getting any better or you're interested in self-development and want to accelerate that process.

I am available for face to face as well as telephone and video calls. Message me to arrange an initial appointment, I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

It's very understandable that for most people, speaking about things that were buried for a while it's a daunting prospect. I am there to make the process as comfortable as possible, going at a pace and in a manner that feels appropriate. Often clients don't know why they feel anxious or sad, and that's ok. I am there to support every client explore what is going on for them and get more clarity.

As an integrative practitioner qualified in 2007, the focus of my work is on building a relationship and creating an individual therapy plan tailored to your needs. . Visual aids and creative expression often enhance the therapeutic process, so in the session there will be opportunities to draw, make stone sculptures, use mood cards etc. We can also talk about dreams, use metaphors and create genograms, to name just a few possibilities. Whether you suffer from panic attacks, difficulty with relationships or were the victim of abuse, the answer is always a combination of kindness and professional skills, and that is what I offer.

I have extensive experience working with both children and adults, as well as couples, affected by a wide variety of difficulties. Here are some of the issues I've encountered most frequently:

  • anxiety
  • anger
  • relationship difficulties (romantic, family, friendships)
  • hopelessness
  • loneliness and isolation
  • family breakdown
  • sexuality and sexual difficulties
  • confidence
  • bereavement and loss
  • domestic violence
  • work related stress

Qualifications: Diploma in Integrative Counselling from Canterbury College

                      Relate trained couple counsellor

Member organisations

BACP

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

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

£50.00 per session

Additional information

Counselling sessions last 50 minutes and generally take place once a week.

Face to face sessions are £45 for individual sessions, and £55 for couples.


Telephone and video call sessions are £45 for 50 minutes for individuals and £50 for couples.

Send me a message with your query and/or to arrange an appointment. I look forward to hearing from you.

Availability

Daytime, some evenings and Saturday morning

Further information

The face to face sessions take place in comfortable, safe rooms in a designated building. Once you get to first floor of the St. Barnabas House, you will be welcomed by one of the staff and I would be informed of your arrival. All counselling sessions are scheduled in advance.

Parking is available within a 5 minute walk. The train station is less that 10 minutes walk away.

St. Barnabas House
Duncan Road
Gillingham
Kent
ME7 4LA

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS checked
Wheelchair user access

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.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
VSee
Whatsapp
Smaranda Jim MBACP (Accred) Individual and Couple Counsellor

Smaranda Jim MBACP (Accred) Individual and Couple Counsellor