Hello and welcome to the Integrative Counselling website
I am a fully-qualified and experienced BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) psychotherapeutic counsellor with practices in Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells, Kent covering the surrounding 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 in either Maidstone or Tunbridge Wells, I will only work on a face-to-face basis, as this is proven to be the most effective form of therapy. 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.
Counselling, psychotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprogramming (EMDR) can help you with:-
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
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 or Tunbridge Wells 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.
Making an appointment 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 or Tunbridge Wells, 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. I work in Tunbridge Wells on Monday afternoons only so there may be a longer wait for that location.
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. CBT through the NHS usually means you get allocated your counsellor. Going down the private route means you can choose your therapist. The relationship is one of the key factors in therapy being successful so it is extremely important that you feel your therapist is the right person for you
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.