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 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 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 counselor 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.
£40 for an online 50 minute session
£45 for a face to face 60 minute session in my office in Ripley.
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