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Kent Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (KACP) Counselling Psychotherapy and CBT Service in Maidstone, Kent

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About Counselling

Counsellors are trained to listen in an accepting understanding and supportive way helping you to explore your thoughts and feelings and how they are affecting you in a safe confidential environment

Therapy entails a collaborative professional relationship and is a very personal process. It is important to choose a counsellor with whom you feel you can place your trust to share your concerns. Good counselling is associated with reputable professional training organisations whose standards and qualifications are recognised by The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The first step

Taking the decision to seek therapy may not be the easiest option. We ask you to come along for an initial consultation/assessment lasting for around one to one and a half hours. This is an opportunity for us to meet to look at the issues that are troubling you. We shall be able to give you an indication of whether therapy may be beneficial and whether brief focus therapy or longer term in-depth psychotherapy may be more helpful to you.

Counsellors do not usually talk about themselves, their problems beliefs or opinions as the counselling space is for you. Counsellors do not usually give advice unless they become unduly concerned about your wellbeing.

A Counsellor’s Duties Include:

  • Providing you with professional and respectful care
  • Honouring the trust you place in us.
  • Working with you in a non-judgemental dignified way, respecting any social, cultural sexual or physical differences you may have.
  • To respect your confidentiality, unless we become aware that you are contemplating causing serious harm to yourself or to others.

  • The Counselling Process

    A counsellor's responsibility is to provide a therapeutic structure to help facilitate you in exploring matters that cause concern. This therapeutic process encourages a deeper sense of personal awareness and understanding enabling you to recognise the changes you may choose to make for yourself

    Some clients very quickly find that therapy can help make a discernible difference to how they are managing their distress. Other clients, perhaps speaking about themselves and their worries for the first time may take a while before they begin to feel they are benefiting from the counselling process. The overall aim of therapy is to enable you to feel better

    Counsellors are required to have as a minimum, monthly supervision. Counselling supervision is a ‘protected’ confidential space in which counsellor’s take their clients to an ‘expert’ for review. This supervision represents safeguarding for you the client and is used for support and containment by the counsellor

    If you decide to proceed we will agree on a contract together covering the day, time your goals and your fee. We will have fifty minutes to an hour together usually on a weekly basis and will regularly review progress.

    If as a client you were to experience concerns about your counsellor’s practice, or any other issues to do with therapy we would ask that you raise it with your counsellor first. If you did not feel able to remedy your concerns with your counsellor it may be appropriate to obtain their supervisor’s details. At KACP as members of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), we are bound by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy and are subject to the Association’s Professional Conduct Procedures for any alleged misconduct. A copy of the Framework is available in our consulting rooms or you may download a copy free from BACP

    'Ask Kathleen' is a confidential telephone and email information and guidance service run by the BACP for clients who have questions or concerns about their experience of counselling. email kathleen.daymond@bacp.co.uk or phone:01455 883344

    "All they had in them was themselves but they would keep going until they found what was in them to find"- Russell Hoban: Turtle Diary

    You are welcome to contact us by email info@kacp.co.uk Phone: 01892 614228 Mobile: 07806 898069

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    About CBT

    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a practical, problem-solving, goal-orientated time-limited here and now approach. Through semi-structured, collaborative and initially directive sessions’ client and therapist explore and develop a mutual understanding of the interaction between thoughts, feelings, behaviour and physical sensations surrounding triggering events in the client's life, and identify strategies for tackling those issues.

    CBT entails homework assignments, consisting of diary keeping, various worksheets and devising and practising experiments. In this way clients are encouraged to maintain a rational perspective becoming their own detective, critically evaluating their own initial reactions, thoughts, feelings behaviour and physical sensations.

    CBT has embraced the notion that it is not the events themselves that trigger emotional and behavioural responses, but the client's interpretation of those events.

    CBT emphasis what is called thinking errors and defines and works with three levels of thinking patterns that at each level can undermine a client, limiting their ability to cope with difficulties. At the most accessible level, we find our automatic negative thoughts (NATs) it can be enough for many clients simply to identify and challenge their NATs for symptom relief to occur.

    At a slightly deeper level of our cognitions particularly when we are distressed, we may be familiar with recurring themes expressed as our beliefs rules and assumptions which may be dysfunctional. These assumptions called cognitive errors, with awareness motivation and practising explicit techniques can be challenged and changed.

    At a deeper level still, probably out of awareness we find our core beliefs or schemas, which are deep routed generalised statements about ourselves, others and the world. These core beliefs are formed in response to our early life perceptions and stimulate our responses today. Core beliefs are learned they are not intrinsic, however, because they are ingrained they will take far longer to challenge. As a client begins to tackle their negative and dysfunctional assumptions their core beliefs may gradually be challenged and change may take place at a fundamental level.

    Clients are empowered by consciously, actively employing their own resources, learning and practising specific and proactive techniques and skills that become internalised and can be called upon to help prevent further relapse.

    We are likely to be more aware of and troubled by our emotions and our behaviour and far less alert to how our thinking may be influencing our difficulties. Maintaining a rational perspective may also initially pose a huge challenge for clients experiencing extreme distress. CBT requires effort, time, commitment, motivation, education reflection and insight. CBT, unlike other talking therapy approaches, involves the client being encouraged to consciously become pro-active in their own treatment plan within and outside of the therapy room. Doing things differently can be a risky prospect, however, those fears are usually unfounded and the rewards outweigh any initial apprehension.

    Fable of the Porcupine

    "It was the coldest winter ever - many animals died because of the cold. The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together. This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions even though they gave off heat to each other. After a while they decided to distance themselves from each other and they began to die, alone and frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth. Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. This way they learned to live with the wounds that were caused by the close relationship with their companion, but the most important part of it, was the heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive."

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