My name is Dawn Carter and I am an accredited BACP counsellor, EMDR practitioner and Couple Therapist. I work as an integrative therapist, and although Person Centred is my underlining approach I also have training in other modalities such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy ,Systemic Therapy and also mindfulness. I have a nursing background both as a Registered General Nurse and Mental Health Nurse. I worked for many years in the NHS as a Nurse Specialist in Addiction field 1990 - 2003 and completed a Post graduate Diploma in Addictive Behaviour at St Georges Hospital in Tooting 1993. In 2003 I [...]
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I am a qualified and experienced BACP registered therapeutic counsellor. I meet and work with my clients either in Ashford or Faversham and I offer to meet your needs with either short- or long-term counselling. My experience as a counsellor includes working with clients seeking help with low mood / depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, abuse, low self-esteem, anger management, overcoming loss, bereavement, compulsive thoughts and/or behaviours, trauma and relationship difficulties. I have also significant experience working with parents experiencing symptoms of postnatal depression. I aim to create a safe, confidential and relaxed environment in which you and I can work [...]
Hi, my name’s Jonathon, a Therapeutic Counsellor based in East Kent. My clients reflect society, from 18 plus through to those in their late 70’s and come from diverse social backgrounds, ethnicities and sexuality. We predominantly meet for face-to-face counselling or in some circumstances clients choose therapy via Skype, FaceTime, or telephone. For almost two years my work has been with clients at MIND, the UK’s number one mental health charity. In addition, clients are now welcomed at my own private practice. Fifty minute sessions are usually open-ended (as opposed to specific in number) and clients are given the same [...]
I am a fully qualified coach and counsellor with over 15 years’ experience of helping individuals deal with the challenges that life throws our way. I offer a person centered, friendly approach and can help you feel at ease and able to discuss the issues that are concerning you. I have a wealth of experience in supporting clients, where I provide a confidential environment that enables opportunities to be fully explored, identify barriers that may be holding clients back and empower them to think outside the box to generate new effective strategies that enables progress with their individual goals. My [...]
For those who are in recovery, life can seem like an endless slog of therapy and support. If you are struggling with, or recovering from, an addiction, mental health problem, or eating disorder then life coaching may be able to help you see other life options that will support your recovery and help you move forward in a positive way. Effective coaching may help you regain the confidence to work out what you want from life and how to get there. When we feel empowered, we focus on what we can do, rather than what we can’t. It is in [...]
A study by Dr Sally Robinson from Christchurch University in Canterbury found that 22.9% of four to five year olds were overweight or obese, and in the report claims in the last 25 years alone the number of people shown to be overweight or obese has tripled. I have friends who have been horrified by schools wanting to weigh their children at school and label them as overweight (and believe me they don’t look it), who have felt patronised by the healthy eating guides they have been given. Don’t get me wrong – I watched Jamie Oliver’s battle to improve [...]
Will you make me cluck like a chicken? Am I out of control? Will I tell you my secrets? Can I get stuck in hypnosis? These are the types of questions I get asked by new clients and it is often the reason that prevents people from seeking help with a hypnotherapist. These myths (they are not true by the way :) ) are often the result of media sensationalism. To promote hypnosis in this way makes good tv watching, even childrens’ cartoons portray hypnosis as a way to control others in a ‘zombie’ type state (often with spinning eyes!). [...]
You may not have thought of hypnotherapy or other holistic therapies as an aid conception but research has shown that using mind body techniques can more than double your chance of becoming pregnant 1. There has been a rise in recent years of the number of couples having difficulties and it is thought that 3.5 million people have problems conceiving in the UK alone, that's around 15% of couples trying for a baby taking longer than 1 year to conceive 2. For many there is a physical cause that can be found for infertility 3, but for about a quarter [...]
As a supervisor to counsellors, hypnotherapists and other therapists I find it really useful to take a look at the different models of therapy. This can help me to understand the model my supervisees are working from. I am an Integrative therapist which means I have my model of therapy that integrates various models. As a client looking for a therapist you may be confused by all the different types of counsellors and therapists around, some may say they are humanistic, existential, person centred, client centred, psychodynamic, behavioural etc. Which do you choose? The humanistic model covers existential, person centered, [...]
One of the most common questions I get is ‘how does coaching work’? Well, coaching is both a process and a relationship – between the client and the coach. Clients come to me because they feel stuck, confused or they are experiencing self doubt. My coaching programmes help them to get clarity, feel more confident and make positive changes to their life, business or career. The process involves me working with client to talk about what aspects of their life, work or business they want to change, why they feel stuck and what obstacles they see in their way. Then [...]