Sunny Austin MBACP (Accred)
I work with both men and women who are stuck, in distress or need support.
As your counsellor, I will offer you a safe place for you to talk about what's troubling you and I will listen to you.
Talking about how you feel can be difficult but I will help you find a way through what you are feeling.
Together, we will look at ways you can draw from your own inner strength to manage life more easily.
How it works
Once you contact me I will offer you a 10 minute telephone call to discuss any queries you may have. We will then arrange a first appointment. If you would prefer to have this conversation by email, let me know when you contact me.
Our first session is an opportunity for you to tell me about what is bothering you, and for us to get to know each other. You can ask me questions about the way forward and, together, we will start to identify goals and challenges you would like to focus on during therapy.
Each session lasts 50 minutes and we would work towards having appointments at a the same time on a weekly basis.
It is not always obvious how many sessions you will need to feel better. To begin with I would usually offer you 6 sessions. However, this is entirely up to you and I am happy to be led by you. After these sessions, you may feel you have done enough work for now, or you may wish to continue.
Go to my website sunnyaustincounselling.co.uk to find out more
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced counsellor having worked in a range of settings including the NHS, education and charity organisations.
As well as my Private Practice, I currently work for a counselling service providing talking therapy to NHS patients, and I support employees through Employee Assistance Programmes.
I am a registered and fully accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I am humanistically trained but also draw from other therapeutic approaches such as Relational Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
I am fully insured with Holistic Insurance Services, and I have an Advanced DBS certificate.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
£45 a session
Lower Fees available - see concessions below. Please email me to discuss fees further.
In person counselling from rooms in Whitstable on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Online/phone counselling throughout week.