Counselling & Psychological Therapy - Sevenoaks/Tonbridge, Kent
I am a Clinical Psychologist and Counsellor based in Tonbridge and Sevenoaks with 20 years experience of counselling and working with psychological difficulties. Since qualifying as Clinical Psychologist in 2003 I have worked in a variety of NHS settings, supporting and counselling adults and adolescents in managing common problems such as: depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment, relationship problems, fatigue and sleep difficulties, eating and other behavioural changes. I have also worked as a Psychologist and Counsellor supporting clients in managing long-term physical illness such as chronic pain, CFS/ME, Cardiac and Respiratory problems and Diabetes. I am registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS), the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Information Commissioners Office (ICO)
I am trained in a range of psychological therapy and counselling approaches including CBT, Systemic and Psychodynamic therapy, but tend to work using primarily CBT, drawing on other approaches where appropriate. As a Counsellor, I also incorporate Mindfulness based theory and practice and Compassion-focussed therapy ideas into my work. Drawing on a range of approaches means that counselling and therapy can work towards a more in-depth understanding of a variety of problems.
CBT or “Cognitive Behavioural Therapy” is a talking therapy that tries to understand an individual’s difficulties in terms of the relationships between their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. In this way, psychological counselling and therapy aims to address problems by listening, understanding and then challenging underlying beliefs and assumptions and helping to make changes to behaviour if necessary. The focus of counselling and therapy tends to be in the here and now but sometimes understanding past issues can help the process. CBT is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence- NICE in the psychological treatment of most mental health problems.
Mindfulness aims to encourage individuals to be more aware of the relationship between their thoughts and feelings in the current moment and can work well along-side CBT. Compassion focused therapy has been shown to be a particularly effective counselling approach when looking at the role of self-critical thoughts.
Within my role as a Psychologist and Counsellor, I am also able to offer group sessions in both Tonbridge and Sevenoaks for people with long term illness/health problems and supervision or psychological therpay to other Psychologists, Counsellors and Therapists.
My Sevenoaks psychological therapy and counselling practice is also with easy reach of: Riverhead, Godden Green, Seal, Dunton Green, Chipstead, Otford, Kemsing, Chevening, Whitley Row, Stone Street, Knatts Valley, Underriver, Sevenoaks Weald, Heaverham, Sundridge, Ivy Hatch, Brasted, Ide Hill, Knockholt Pound, Wrotham, Ightham, Shipbourne, Seal, Leigh, Hildenborough, Southborough, Charcott, Chiddingstone Causeway, Penshurst, Bidborough, Chiddingstone, Speldhurst, Sevenoaks Weald, Underriver, Bough Beech, Fordcombe, Higham Wood, Rusthall, Langton Green, Hever, Tudeley, Mark Beech.