Counselling near Canterbury, Folkestone & Dover
You may find it difficult to think that things could be different from the way they feel at the moment. However I have been a counsellor for over 18 years and have worked with many people who have learned to see things from a different perspective, gained illuminating insights, and ultimately felt happier and more in control.
Counselling offers space for you to step back and see the wood and not just all the trees.
Whilst counselling is often referred to as a talking therapy, we can access a variety of approaches according to what works for you. These include:
- Written exercises - Diaries - Creative media -Mindfulness techniques - Visualisation work -
What I offer
I work face to face with adults and couples, initially for an agreed time period which is extended as needed.
The people with whom I have worked have come from many different backgrounds and life experiences. Some of the most regular concerns include:
- depression, anxiety, stress and overwhelm
- caring for a parent, children or grandchildren
- dealing with challenges at work, or thinking about retirement
- bereavement and loss
- working out life direction
- spiritual exploration
What unites most of them, regardless of the current issue, is wanting to feel better about their situation - and a sense of being at peace with themselves and their choices.
I offer a free phone call which lasts 15-20 minutes for you to check me out and tell me a little about what you'd like to be different in your life.
If we want to move forward from there, we will arrange a face to face meeting. This gives us the chance to see if you feel comfortable with me, and for me to hear your concerns and hopes in more detail.
All being well, we would then arrange regular sessions. The timings and fees for these meetings are detailed below.
The premises I use for counselling are in Adisham Kent, within easy reach of Canterbury, Folkstone and Dover, both by road and by train. The train station at Adisham is on the Canterbury/ Dover line, and is a 15 minute walk away.
Individuals (50 minutes): £50 per session
Couples (75 minutes): £75 per session
Initial meetings are often a little longer, but are charged at the same rate.
Sessions are usually confidential, but it is worth knowing that occasionally there are exceptions in order to make sure people are safe and that the counselling is being provided in line with professional good practice. These include situations where I believe that someone may hurt themselves or someone else is in danger. This would generally involve contact with that person's GP, and wherever possible with the person's agreement.
I have worked extensively within the NHS, as well as higher education and private practice for almost 20 years.