Mental Health support: -
If you are worried about your mental health or someone you know please the following services are available: -
The Samaritans on 116 123 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in Folkestone there is the Folkestone Haven which is an out of hours mental health support service.
Alternatively you can use the 24 hour service Release the Pressure by either calling 0800 107 0160 or texting the word "Kent" to 85258
I work with you to find ways to support you in your journey, to identify barriers, develop ways to overcome them and to feel more whole. Life can often challenge us, our values and beliefs leaving us feeling down or confused. Talking through these concerns or experiences can help to make more sense of our feelings, thoughts and behaviours. I sometimes use literature to help explain or understand complex or difficult feelings which can feel less intense and enable you to share or connect with me.
I am really interested in individual and cultural stories that make up our sense of self and how these stories can sometimes prevent us from becoming the person we want to be.
I work with individuals on a one to one basis for as long as needed. This can be either in person or online.
Therapeutic groups can be an interesting and cost effective way to access counselling.
Update: online groups are now available
Sometimes people just need a single session to talk things through, explore feelings. I offer single sessions either in person or online.
These are set costs however please discuss any barriers to costs with me as I am able to offer limited reduced sessions.
Up to 45 minutes initial conversation to discuss suitability
60 minute session either face to face, online or telephone.
*Reduced rate of £30 for keyworkers through NCS or construction workers via Mates in Mind
Time limited groups are usually 8 x 90/120 minute sessions of no more than 8 participants.
Ongoing therapy groups are weekly and usually 90 minutes with 8-12 participants.
Sessions will still be charged at the full rate if less than 24 hours notice is given and group work is paid in full at least one week before the start of the programme. Full payment details with be discussed with each individual.
Here are some pointers to help you chose the right counsellor for you: -
1. Check they are a member of a professional body who are registered with the Professional Standards Authority This will ensure that your counsellor is fully trained and works to a high ethical standard to keep you safe. For more information this NCS video may help.
2. Does it feel right? Most counsellors will offer an initial consultation. This is just as much an opportunity for you to see if you 'fit' with the counsellor as it is for the counsellor to find out a little about you and why you would like counselling.
3. Shop around! Don't feel you need to use the first counsellor you meet - unless it feels right. Meet with a few counsellors and take your time when choosing. A good counsellor will not be offended if you choose someone else, they may even be able to suggest someone else.
If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment please get in touch using the details below.
My working hours vary and I do include some evenings so please do get in touch to find a mutually suitable time.