Harmonious Counselling Counselling and Psychotherapy in Ripley
near Woking and Guildford in Surrey

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Kate Heavey BA (Hons) FdSc BACP (Accredited) - Counsellor and Psychotherapist offering Online and Telephone Counselling. Based in Ripley in Surrey. Counselling near Woking and Psychotherapy near Guildford.

**Update 1 August 2020**
I currently have a full practice and I am not taking on new clients.

Please visit BACP's website (www.bacp.co.uk/search/Therapists) to find an alternative BACP accredited therapist.

Note: Counselling students wishing to start therapy or previous clients please do contact me to talk through your individual requirements.

Welcome to my website which I hope will give you an idea of how I work as a BACP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist. I am very passionate about my work believing change is available to us all if we want it. I offer counselling in Ripley, near Woking, Surrey and online and telephone counselling for those further afield.

What is interesting in life is that we are only born with two fears.....fear of falling and fear of loud noises; everything else (thoughts, feelings and behaviour) is learnt and what is learnt can be unlearnt.

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Important information – Adjustment to way of working due to Covid-19 / CoronaVirus and social distancing

Updated 1 August 2020

What is currently going on in England has impacted how I work.

Government guidelines continue to state that 'people who can work from home should continue to do so' which is the category that I currently fall under. Therefore, I continue to offer the majority of counselling via Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp and telephone working in a risk-free, ethical and safe way.

A face to face appointment may only be conducted subject to all current guidelines being followed, i.e. 2 metres social distancing, windows being open (confidentiality cannot be ensured), cleaning in between sessions, etc., if, in my professional opinion, it is detrimental to a client's mental health to not have a face to face appointment

For those that live / work locally and would like to start online counselling with a view to moving to face to face counselling when it is safe to do so, please do contact me.

For those further afield who deem I am the right counsellor for them, equally, please do get in touch as I do offer a few online counselling only appointments in my working week.

We know the impact of the pandemic is worldwide and in March I wrote an article based on my own experience. I share this here as I hope it may help others to make sense of what is possibly going on in their own world:-

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Reasons for counselling during COVID-19 / Coronavirus

Having been in this pandemic for over 100 days you may be finding life challenging due to guidelines imposed or due to spending more time in initimate relationship then you normally would. Challenges are perfectly normal when adjusting to any change. It may be that you feel that a grenade has gone off in your life (the shock) and you are wondering how to adapt. Some of the challenges you may be experiencing:-

  • Unpleasant feelings (anxiety, loneliness, uncertainty, overwhelmed, isolation, etc.)
  • Using unhelpful ways to manage your feelings, i..e OCD, excessive drinking and/or eating
  • Experiencing separation or loss from not physically seeing your family, friends and work colleagues
  • Challenges if someone died from COVID-19 and you were not able to say goodbye
  • Work insecurity / fear of job loss
  • Struggling with debt and how to cope with smaller / no wage
  • Anxious about social contact (food shopping, medication or daily exercise)
  • Changes to relationships due to limited personal space (partner, family and extended family)
  • Cohabiting sooner than you anticipated which has put a strain on your newly formed relationship
  • Experiencing a traumatic reaction which is varying your resilience and tolerance levels
  • Feeling out of control
  • Death anxiety which is a normal reaction yet your thoughts may be frightening you
  • Suicidial thoughts
  • Bereavement and grief due to COVID-19; either personal or collective
  • Impact of delayed / cancelled treatments
  • Feeling unsafe in the world
  • Struggles with your own belief system and making meaning
  • Loss of support network (i.e. church, social clubs, classes)
  • Plus many others...........

    What is important at that time is to take time for yourself and to talk about what you may be bottling up inside you; counselling offers a safe confidential place to do that......you and your mental health are important.

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  • Benefits of counselling

  • Increased self-awareness
  • Insights into your patterns to empower you to bring change
  • Improvement in relationship whether this be self, marriage, business colleagues, family or friends
  • New opportunities created / embraced
  • Changed outlook / life-perspective
  • Freedom from depression, stress and unhealthy anxiety
  • Improved self-esteem, confidence and self-expression
  • Movement from passive or aggressive communication to assertiveness
  • Ability to deal with emotions; particularly challenging ones, i.e. anger or bereavement
  • Healthier ways of relating / living for you
  • Learning about alcohol / alcoholism and being free to make more informed choices
  • Healing from abuse and trauma
  • Recovery from current wounds

    Whatever your reasons for seeking counselling / psychotherapy our sessions are confidential and separate from your everyday life.

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  • Reasons for counselling

  • Feeling stuck, unfulfilled or that life is going no-where
  • Relationship or family concerns
  • Increase in unpleasant feelings such as anger, frustration, confusion or sadness
  • Not feeling listened to or understood
  • Embracing a part of life you are currently struggling with
  • Making sense of childhood experiences such as neglect, trauma, not having needs met or shaming
  • Helping process feelings of abandonment, rejection or helplessness
  • Increasing self-awareness / self-confidence / self-esteem
  • Exploring choices you have made or are about to make
  • Talking through a life-changing event, e.g. bereavement, abuse, rape, redundancy, divorce, etc.
  • Increase in use of alcohol or food
  • Awareness of mental health decline
  • To gain a different perspective on life
  • Exploring isolation / loneliness
  • Wanting to feel happier
  • Talking in a confidential space away from your everyday life
  • ....or it may be none of the above as you have your own reason for seeking counselling.

  • Who I work with

    I work with men and women on an individual and couple basis.

    I have extensive experience in a wide spectrum of issues including:-

  • Relationship issues, i.e. communication, co-dependency, coercive control or conflict (more info)
  • Couple counselling including affairs/betrayals, trust issues, difficulty communicating or conflict
  • Alcohol dependency / alcoholism (more info)
  • Bereavement, grief and loss including separation, affairs, divorce, pet or childhood (more info)
  • Mental health issues including anxiety, social anxiety, fear, depression and low mood
  • Learning disabilities of Aspergers, Autism and Prader-Willi
  • Work issues including assertiveness, stress, feeling dissatisfied and anger
  • Exploring job or career change
  • Family issues with parents, siblings, clash of personalities, 'steps' or estrangement
  • Life events and transitions such as leaving home, 'mid-life crisis', retirement or moving house
  • Loss / change of purpose
  • Low self-esteem
  • Low self-confidence
  • Abuse whether this be sexual, emotional, physical or verbal
  • Traumatic experiences and feelings of shame, helplessness, loss, rage, anger etc. arising from
  • Anger management although I prefer the term 'anger awareness'
  • Terminal illness diagnosis working with patients and carers
  • Death anxiety where you may feel like the clock is ticking, have thoughts of death or fear dying

    (Being diagnosed with a label and finding a word that accurately matches experience, whether internally or externally, can help something shift inside bringing understanding and awareness yet each person is so much more than a label being unique, special and different).

  • Location

    Zoom and Skype Online Counselling. Counselling Ripley (Surrey). Counsellor Woking. Psychotherapy Guildford.

    Update 6 July 2020

    I offer Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp and telephone counselling as an alternative to face to face which I do from home so please do advise me of your preferred counselling method when contacting.

    All face to face counselling is currently suspended.

    I offer counselling in Ripley (in Surrey) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays so if you are looking for a counsellor near Woking or psychotherapy near Guildford I could be the counsellor for you.

    My Ripley office is located on the first floor of business premises (sadly no lift available).

    My counselling office in Ripley in Surrey is accessable to the surrounding villages of Burnt Common, Send, Old Woking, Ockham, Pyrford, Knaphill, East Horsley, West Horsley, Cobham, Sheerwater, Wisley, Sutton Green, Jacobs Well, Shere, Shalford, Effingham and Clandon being on the Portsmouth Road (B2215) in Ripley.

    If you are coming from further afield you are likely to use the A3 to access counselling in Ripley being convenient for psychotherapy near Guildford, Godalming, Worplesdon, Ash, Aldershot, Merrow, Burpham, Farnham, Frimley, Farnborough, Dorking, Milford, Chiddingfold, Esher, West Byfleet and Byfleet as all are within a 30 minute journey.

    If you do not have use of a car and require a counsellor near Woking then bus numbers 462 and 463 will get you to within 50 metres of my Ripley Office. Likewise, if you require counselling and psychotherapy near Guildford or Kingston, bus 715 will get you to my office.

    Contact Details

    Please click here to contact me directly on this website
    Email [email protected]
    Telephone / text 07941 305511

    Counselling is a journey and in the words of Carl Jung "I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become." What will you choose to become?

    Counselling students: My training is Clarkson - 5 Relationship Model

    Online Counselling (Zoom and Skype). Telephone Counselling (and WhatsApp). Counselling Ripley. Counsellor Woking. Psychotherapy Guildford.


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