About Kel

“We ALL have mental health and we can all benefit from taking an hour out of our week to talk about and directly care for it”

– Kel

My current work:

 

At the moment my typical working week is a mix of seeing clients for Counselling and Supervision, developing and / or delivering classes and workshops and writing content for my blog, called ‘Mental Health Bites’. This work might be peppered with more ad-hoc tasks, such as attending awareness-raising events, contributing to research and sharing my passion for and knowledge of mental health issues, (especially of Eating Disorders) with anyone who will listen. I am very fortunate that I love what I do, and I get to meet some amazing people along the way.

 

My history and experience:

 

I have been running my own Counselling / Psychotherapy practice for several years now – but I also have experience of working in a high school (with young people who were showing early signs of Eating Disorders) and within the NHS (where I worked as a GP practice-based Counsellor with adult clients experiencing a wide variety of presenting issues, such as depression, stress etc).

 

Like many therapists, my Counselling / Psychotherapy work was not my first vocation. Before I found my calling to this work, I was a Lecturer in a large college where I taught mostly on a Health and Social Care programme.

 

A running theme throughout all of this has been my interest in the area of Eating Disorders – and I started volunteering and working in this field at the age of 19. I have been able to be involved with some great projects including contributing to an awareness-raising docu-drama, running a support group and developing many educational sessions and resources.

 

What are my beliefs about therapy?:

 

I consider myself an Integrative Therapist – essentially I believe that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to talking therapy; clients are each unique and so are their needs. I therefore work to combine my training in different types of therapy with the feedback from my clients to ensure they get the best that they can from therapy.

 

There is still much progress to be made in our understanding of mental health and mental illness – and I know that I am still learning more all the time. However, one thing of which I am certain is that when we talk about our struggles with someone who is trained and experienced, we can develop new self-awareness and self-compassion which can in turn help us move forward in a way that feels meaningful to us.

 

My Qualifications:

– MA (Distinction) Counselling and Psychotherapy

 

– Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (BACP accredited course)

 

– Accredited Diploma in Supervision

 

– Diploma (Distinction) in Eating Disorders

 

– Foundation in Counselling

 

– BA (First Class Honours)

 

– PTLLS

Memberships, Affiliations etc:

– Fully insured

 

– Up to date DBS check

 

– Registered and Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

 

– Committee Member of the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED)

 

– Ambassador for Beat (Eating Disorder Charity)