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About me

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.

Interested? 

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

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

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

£45 a session

Lower Fees available - see concessions below.  Please email me to discuss fees further.

Availability

In person counselling from rooms in Whitstable on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  Online/phone counselling throughout week.

Whitstable
CT5

Herne Bay
Kent
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

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.

Sunny Austin MBACP (Accred)

Sunny Austin MBACP (Accred)