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Integrative Counselling ... finding a way forward together Counselling, Psychotherapy and EMDR in Maidstone


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I am a fully-qualified and experienced BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) psychotherapeutic counsellor in Maidstone , Kent, covering the surrounding Medway areas. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental relationship in which you can explore personal or difficult issues that may be causing you distress.

My professionally accredited training and experience enables me to work with clients on a short-term focused or goal-orientated basis, as well as an open-ended longer term basis to enable us to explore personal challenges at a deeper level. It is so important for you to have a robust connection with your counsellor and that is why we meet for an initial assessment so that you can make sure you feel comfortable working with me. Not only can we talk about what is troubling you, but also what may be blocking progression and any feelings about personal change. Counselling is a fluid process and can be challenging at times but you will find the best results through your commitment and engagement.

As your counsellor Maidstone, Kent, I will only work on a face-to-face basis as studies confirm that a substantial proportion of our communication is non-verbal - i.e. behaviours such as posture, facial expressions, eye gaze, gestures and tone of voice. These non-verbal details reveal who we are and impact on how we relate to other people giving a much fuller picture.

Some of the issues that Counselling, psychotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprogramming (EMDR) can help you with include:-

Eating disorders
Low self-esteem
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Relationship difficulties
Work related issues

If you are experiencing distress with one particular issue or a combination of different issues, please contact me to discuss how counselling and psychotherapy in Maidstone, covering the Medway areas can help you.

I believe that we cannot forget what has happened in our lives but we can positively change the way in which our experiences affect our daily lives.

If you are looking for a counsellor in Medway, then making an appointment in Maidstone couldn’t be easier. Telephone me in the strictest confidence on 07738 197739 or click here to email me.

Personal Therapy for Students

I regularly work with students as part of their college or university counselling and psychotherapy requirements. If you are a student requiring a therapist for counselling or psychotherapy in Maidstone, please call me directly on 07738 197739 or click here to email me.

Why Choose a Private Therapist rather than the NHS?

No lengthy waiting lists! I often hear people come to me and say that the NHS waiting lists are too long. I work in Maidstone Tuesdays to Fridays so can usually book new clients for counselling, psychotherapy or EMDR in Maidstone within 2 weeks of initial enquiry depending on client availability.

No information on medical records. When you go through your GP for therapy on the NHS, of course that will be on your medical records and it's often the case that people do not want this to be the case. Here at Integrative Counselling I have strict confidentiality and data protection policies which means that I never contact any third parties and therefore there will be no record of you attending counselling on your medical records (only in extreme high risk situations would there be a need to contact a client's GP or a relevant third party)

Your choice of approach. The NHS mainly uses cognitive-behavioural therapy ("CBT") and tries to differentiate it from counselling. Even though this approach may suit some people, "one size" does not always fit all! CBT is a counselling approach and I am an integrative counsellor (see my Integrative Counselling page) which includes training in CBT so if you're looking for CBT I can offer that but also other approaches which may be more suitable for you.

Choice of counsellor. Research shows that the relationship with your counsellor is as important as the actual method they use. Therefore, being able to choose your counsellor is another key benefit with private therapy which is not always the case through NHS providers.

Choose how long you have sessions for. The NHS will only offer you a capped number of sessions and that may not be enough for you. Coming to see me on a self-funding basis means you can choose how many sessions you have which gives an opportunity to fully address the issues.

Quote of the month: "The body’s uncomfortable emotions happen only to remind you that there’s a thought available for questioning".

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