Kate Heavey BA (Hons) FdSc BACP (Accredited) - Individual and Couples Counsellor and Psychotherapist currently offering online counselling and psychotherapy via Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype or the telephone only.
**Please note that face to face counselling is currently suspended due to Government Guidelines**
Ever since I qualified 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 has; further afield too.
My own 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 and additionally have entered the field of Couple Counselling gaining an Advanced Certificate in Relationship Therapy and I am currently doing a course with the The Couples Institute.
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. I believe in the BACP Ethical Framework of upholding your autonomy to only discuss what you wish to outside of your therapy. Students have exactly the same BACP Ethical Framework consideration as any client, i.e. I will not complete any documentation advising what is discussed in your sessions; I merely complete the documentation to say you are in therapy and how many hours you have completed.
Incase you are unfamiliar with Clarkson’s Five Relational Model I will briefly describe it here as it is what enables therapy sessions to ebb and flow:-
Working Alliance – the bridge for all therapy. 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 for you. Components of the working alliance are honest communication, trust, safety, security, consistency, realness, equality and support which enable repair to happen if rupture occurs.
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 and taken to supervision or my own counselling to be worked through as I too, I believe, continue to heal through working with clients.
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 may have been parts of your experience that have left scars with you and you may not feel ‘good enough’ in. The reparative part of my modality provides corrective and replenishing experiences for you to be able to rid yourself of some of your defences and for you to really like yourself and the person you are. Elements of this will include working with self-compassion, self-acceptance, and self-love knowing that you are doing your best. Simply put, as you are right now, you are enough.
The Person to Person – The real relationship is 'you and I' and it is as unique as we are. Our working alliance will have 'I/Thou' (Buber) moments in it where we truly get one another. From these moments come your 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 of meeting take my breath away. These are heart to heart moments when we are truly in the moment meeting spiritually rather than rationally; two souls vulnerable and transformed by a deep meaningful connection. These transpersonal moments are provided by the safety, security and consistency of our 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 will bring different aspects to your therapy, i.e. psychoeducation, visualisations, genograms, family dynamics, defense responses, dream work, artwork, object relational exercises (buttons, shells, stones, Russian dolls), plus much more as I myself continue to learn on this wonderful journey of life. You can guarantee that our work together 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 25% reduction on my fee.
£45 for a 50 minute session.
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