Kate Heavey BA (Hons) FdSc BACP (Accredited) - Working with counselling students for 6 years+. Supporting trainee counsellors in training. Counselling students from across the world.
Firstly, congratulations. You are on a course that will change your life. I remember being very nervous and not knowing what was about to unfold. Our tutor on the first day said 'we will strip you down yet we will build you up' and that sounded hopeful yet scary too.
I have put the following information for you to read YET know this may all seem a bit mind boogling right now as it would have been when I started the course. YET, imagine, in 2 years much of this will be second nature to you. That is part of the 'build you up'. You are on a journey of disovery of you.
Since qualifing I have had the privilege of working with trainee counsellors and I feel very fortunate, having gained BACP accreditation, to still be able to do this. My experience of counselling students includes places of study such as Guildford College, Sutton College, Kingston University and Roehampton University and now with online working further afield too.
My core model is Clarkson Five Relational which falls under the integrative umbrella. I gained a Foundation Degree (with merit) after passing my NCFE 1, 2 and 3 and went on to do a Bachelor of Arts (with second class honours) in Counselling. I continue to do in excess of the required BACP 30 hours of CPD a year.
My qualification is in individual adult therapy. I have since trained in couple work and I have an Advanced Certificate in Relationship Therapy. Believing I can never know enough about relationships and the dynamics that come from it, I am currently doing a couple course with the The Couples Institute which has the developmental model (attachment) at its core.
I have extensive experience supporting students with personal therapy during counselling training and pride myself on providing a safe and trusting space as I do to all my clients.
BACP accredited counsellor / psychotherapist (Member number 093164).
I work to the BACP Ethical Framework. As proof of your therapy your organisation will require a document to be signed and this is the only document I sign. You can be assured that your sessions are as private as any other clients upholding your right to autonomy.
At this stage the following may seem overwhelming (I remember that feeling) yet I would like to briefly give you details of what Clarkson’s Five Relational Model briefly is. It is an excellent therapy model to hold the ebbing and flowing of all client work: -
Working Alliance – the bridge for all counselling and psychotherapy. It is what holds the counsellor / client relationship and it is on which both stand to look back, look forward and, importantly, into what is happening right now. Components of the working alliance are honest communication, trust, safety, security, consistency, realness, equality and support which enable repair to happen if rupture occur when transference happens.
Transference / Countertransference – I have a saying ‘show me the boy/girl and I will show you the man/woman’ as I believe what comes into therapy is transferred from our past whether this be patterns of relating, value systems, life relating etc. This can include all relationships, group process, power dynamics, etc. It is through our therapeutic relationship you gain awareness and can begin to work through your own transference.
With regards to my countertransference, I too continue to work through my patterns of relating with ‘reactive countertransference’ coming from my reaction to what you bring to sessions and with my ‘proactive countertransference’ being bracketed (most of the time, I am a fallible human being) and taken to supervision or my own counselling to be worked through.
Reparative - The ‘re-parenting’ part of therapy and one I find myself working in a great deal with many clients. We have all had ‘good enough parenting’ else we would not be alive yet there are parts of life experience that can leave scaring and ill-effective ways of being with coping skills and defenses. This can provide internal confusion and conflict and so within this modality we look at providing and replenishing experiences to move to self-compassion, self-acceptance and self-esteem from self-critic, self-berating and self-negative.
The Person to Person – The real relationship is 'you and I' and it is as unique as we are. The working alliance will have 'I/Thou' (Buber) moments in it which counsellor and client truly get one another. From these moments come realisation that you are more able to support yourself. i.e. if I were a conductor and you the instrument we have learnt to play a tune together and you are now playing your own instrument beautifully allowing your own music to flow.
Transpersonal Relationship - Wow, these moments in therapy take my breath away. Heart to heart spiritual meeting rather than rational moments. Two souls vulnerable and transformed by a deep meaningful connection. These transpersonal moments are provided by the safety, security and consistency of the working alliance (Bowlby's theory of attachment).
Clarkson acknowledged “...explicitly that these five forms of relationship are intentionally or unintentionally present in most approaches to psychotherapy or psychoanalysis” (2003: 24) and I feel it is important in your sessions that these elements are experienced for you to heal and become the best therapist you can be.
Lastly, my core training incorporated aspects of Person Centred, Gestalt, Existential, Psychosynthesis, Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis, Attachment Theory, Inner Child Work, Creative Work and CBT. This means I offer different ways of working in therapy, i.e. psychoeducation, visualisations, genograms, family dynamics, defense responses, dream work, artwork, object relational exercises (buttons, shells, stones, Russian dolls), plus so much more as I myself continue to learn on this wonderful journey of life. You can guarantee that sessions will not only access your conscious mind yet also your unconscious.
As I am aware of all the costs of training I offer counselling students a £10 reduction on my fee. Therefore it is: -
£40 for an online 50 minute session
£45 for a face to face 60 minute session in my office in Ripley or Alfold
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