Katie Balcombe

Dip.counselling. MBACP

Hi there,

I am a fully qualified Counsellor and a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy).

I offer counselling sessions on-line via Zoom, or in person at my Tunbridge Wells practice.

I work as an Integrative Counsellor, meaning that I have been trained in a number of different therapeutic modalities and will combine these in a way that best suits my clients’ needs.

This approach acknowledges that each person is completely unique and requires their own individualised style of therapy.

Alongside my therapeutic approach I promise to bring a listening ear, empathy, honesty and respect, whilst you provide expertise in the one thing that really matters in all this, you!

Please see the headers above to find out more and answer any questions you may have.

Then please feel free to contact me via email to arrange an initial consultation where we can decide together on how best to meet your needs.

what my clients say

WHY USE A COUNSELLOR?

We all experience times in our lives when things begin to feel unmanageable and we feel as if we are struggling to cope. Perhaps feelings of sadness, hopelessness, anger or fear are overwhelming you? Or perhaps your thoughts and feelings are making it difficult for you to function in your job or in your relationships? Or maybe it’s less clear and you are finding it difficult to make the changes you want to make in your life? If these or similar thoughts and feelings feel familiar then it will help to talk to a professional.

Often we try talking about how we feel to friends or family but this is not always appropriate, or helpful. You can begin to feel as if you do not understand how you feel, or why you feel the way you do. Talking to a trained, experienced professional who is impartial and skilled in counselling will help you to work through your difficulties and find your own solutions.

Counselling and therapy are often referred to as the “talking cure.” Sometimes people find it hard to imagine how talking with someone can alleviate suffering, yet time and again they find it does. It is important to feel free to speak your mind without fear of being judged, where you feel you can trust that what you have to say will be received with respect, thought about carefully and responded to with empathy. This in itself is a profoundly healing experience.

Counselling is a therapeutic partnership in which I will help you to explore your feelings, thoughts and behaviours in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental way. This process is not about giving you advice but about providing you with the space and support you need to find your own answers. Realising this will enable you to feel that you have the inner resources you need to have greater control over your life and to live in a more satisfying and positive way.

Alongside my private practice, I have considerable experience with young adults at West Kent College and longer-term clients at the charity Mind.

Some of my Expertise

Anger management

Abandonment

Addictions & Gambling

Young Adult Issues

Midlife crisis

Life purpose

Attachment issues

Low Mood

Stress

Anxiety

Grief and loss

Career/other life changes

Family problems

Past abuse and trauma

Relationship problems

Bullying

Anger management

Abandonment

Addictions & Gambling

Young Adult Issues

Midlife crisis

Life purpose

Attachment issues

Low Mood

Stress

Anxiety

Grief and loss

Career/other life changes

Family problems

Past abuse and trauma

Relationship problems

WHAT TO EXPECT

Sessions are usually weekly and last for 50 minutes.
This depends on what your needs are. This is something that we would decide together following our initial consultation. The most important thing is we make progress together.

I charge £60 per session, payable in advance or at the end of the session.

In line with the BACP ethical code of practice I treat all contact with you and information disclosed to me as confidential.

It is important to understand that confidentiality is limited by legal obligations and issues relating to the serious and immediate risk of harm to yourself or others. In such instances , I would encourage you to make the disclosure first through the appropriate channels, or seek help from appropriate outside agencies, and I would support you through this process.

Counsellors have different approaches and the most important thing is to find someone that you feel you can connect with and talk to, irrespective of their theoretical orientation. The initial consultation is a mutual process and as such it is also an opportunity for you to decide whether you feel comfortable with me. There is no obligation to continue at this stage.

Contact

Offering counselling both in person and online.

Email:  info@katiebalcombecounselling.co.uk

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