Sunny Austin

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Accredited MBACP
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

Whitstable CT5 & Herne Bay CT6
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I work with both men and women who are in distress, stuck 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 so that life can be more manageable.

You will be supported in exploring your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can develop a better understanding of yourself and of others.  You may be offered information, but you will not be told what you should think or do.

The counselling process will help you find your own solutions – whether that is making effective changes in your life or finding ways of dealing with your problems.

How it works

Once you contact me, I will offer you a short 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 troubling 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.

Contact me

Contact me by email or phone to arrange an initial appointment or to find out more.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am an experienced counsellor having worked in a range of settings including GP surgeries, NHS IAPT, further education and charity organisations.

As well as my Private Practice, I currently support employees with work-related and/or personal issues 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 Existential Therapy, Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

I am fully insured with Holistic Insurance Services, and I have an Advanced DBS certificate.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I work Monday to Friday during the day and evening.  Contact me for current availability.

Whitstable, CT5

Herne Bay, CT6

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

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Sunny Austin
Sunny Austin