The Counselling Centre
Individual Open-Ended Counselling. Brief-focussed Counselling (up to 12 sessions), Couple Counselling:
Visit our web-site: www.thecounsellingcentre.org.uk
There are times in all our lives when we feel unable to cope. Sometimes the reason for this is clear and we know where to seek help but at other times it is more confused. It is at these times that counselling may be beneficial. Sharing your feelings in confidence with a trained counsellor can be a great relief and a source of strength. We offer professional & confidential counselling for personal, relationship & family problems.
We are a non profit making organisation and have been providing affordable counselling for 25 years to people in Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding area. You can refer yourself to our service or your GP or another health professional can do this for you.
Counselling with us is available between 09.00 and 21.00 Monday to Friday and between 09.00 and 12.00 on Saturdays. The office is manned between 10.00 and 15.00 during week days and there are secure facilities to leave messages outside of these hours.
Our counsellors are all trained (or in training) to Diploma level and beyond, and are experienced in a wide range of issues. All of our counsellors have regular supervision not just as a BACP requirement but to ensure the standard of counselling at the Centre is maintained at the highest level.
We are a non-profit making registered Charity, an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy(BACP) and a BACP accredited service. We are also a member of the counselling section of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). The Counselling Centre aims to offer high quality, confidential, professional and affordable counselling within Tunbridge Wells and its surrounding areas. We see clients from the age of 18 upwards within our service.
Long Term Counselling
Long term counselling, which is not readily available on the NHS, offers an opportunity to explore your difficulties without limiting the number of sessions. This enables you to explore many areas of your life.
Brief-focussed counsellingThis counselling is suitable for you if you have a particular issue to focus on which can be worked with over a period of 12 weeks.
Couple Counselling can help couples towards
Better communication; reduced jealousy; increased confidence; a more stable family life; greater awareness of both your and your partner’s needs and improved sexual relationship.
People can face challenges and uncertainties in any relationship and at times need help to make important decisions and choices. It is not unusual for couples to find themselves unable talk to each other or to resolve problems on their own. Meeting together with a counsellor can be a way to open up communication again and gain some understanding of the underlying issues. In turn this can offer new possibilities for resolving your own particular difficulties. Whether you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual or transgender - are married, in a civil partnership, or single, we aim to offer a safe and confidential setting in which to explore your difficulties.
Training, qualifications & experience
Our counsellors are trained to work in an open-ended way giving the client the time they need to resolve the problems that have become difficulties for them. We also have counsellors who are trained to work in a brief focussed way, offering up to 12 sessions of counselling with a particular focus.
Member organisations *
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.
Areas of counselling we deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling need not be focussed on a particular issue or difficulty but can be more concerned with self development and potential. Psychodynamic counselling is particularly effective in opening up thoughts and feelings connected with these areas of personal growth, helping individuals to challenge self-destructive patterns of behaviour and move towards a more reflective way of being.
We are a self-financing, non-profit making charity and our key aim is to make counselling available to all, irrespective of their ability to pay.
To enable us to do this we operate a sliding scale of fees up to a maximum of £50.00. The fee for couples counselling may be more. We have lower fees for people who are unemployed or in very difficult financial positions and we are constantly fund-raising within the community to support this initiative.
Although we do not have disabled access to our main premises we have the use of rooms in a nearby location where we can accommodate wheelchair users and those clients who have difficulty climbing stairs.