"I'm writing to you because I did not say thank you for your help, listening to me during my troubled times. You have a calm voice and a relaxed and friendly manner, which made you an easy person to talk to, working through my problems, and talking to someone impartial does help. I hope you help many more people in the future. Thanks again."
East Kent Therapy offers private one-to-one and online counselling, CBT, and psychodynamic therapy, and EMDR therapy. This can be in person and online. We provide a safe and confidential space for you to talk to a trained professional about your concerns and difficulties.
An initial assessment by phone can ensure you get the right service. You can use this free discussion to explore how the service can help and whether we are the right place to support you. You can ask any questions and decide if you want to go ahead and start therapy.
After this introduction to East Kent Therapy your sessions will begin, with an experienced therapist guiding the way. EMDR is a form of therapy that can quite quickly deal with trauma and associated problems. Trauma therapy can unlock you from the burdens of the past.
Therapy takes place in a safe space, whether in person or online, where you can meet with someone who will listen with sensitivity and empathy - and without judgement. In the therapy space thoughts and feelings can be expressed freely and in confidence.
"Johnnie worked with my 18-year-old son for about 16 months. My son felt a rapport quickly and felt safe and supported. As a parent I have been able to watch my son grow from someone of self-doubt and anxiety into someone who has learnt to manage himself more positively. I value the work they've done and know this was a great investment."
"Hello Johnnie, I wanted to say thank you. You are a wonderful, beautifully evidenced by your client feedback during supervision. It was a pleasure to work with you."
I can often help people recover from serious mental health problems. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through talk therapy and EMDR:
Feelings of stress or anxiety
Panic attacks and phobias
anger and self-destructive sabotage
Grief, loss and bereavement
Problems with addiction and weight gain
Trauma and post-traumatic stress
Chronic pain and physical health problems
Hopelessness, worthlessness, negativity
Problems with confidence or self-esteem
obsessional compulsive disorder
Issues relating to identity and individuation
Difficulties at work or academic problems
Problems with relationship capacity
Personality issues and self-harm
Counselling is usually a good way to help with a current problem; something that can be discussed and - hopefully - resolved within a limited number of sessions. Over a certain number of weeks the understanding of the problem improves and away forward becomes clear. Therapy often describes work that goes a bit deeper, towards more substantial life issues and problems having a deeper effect on the client’s life. Therapy often requires a long-term approach, so the number of sessions can be open-ended.
Which option is most suitable depends on the client and the difficulties they are facing. In some cases counselling works well as an ongoing, longer-term option - or therapy can manage to resolve an issue in just a few sessions.
How long a period of counselling lasts will vary from person to person and depend on the depth of the issues they are facing. For some people a couple of sessions helps to bring their problems into focus, and they feel ready to move forward; other problems may require more of an open-ended approach.
Before we begin any work we will agree on the number of sessions we’ll undertake, and at the end of that number review our progress. As long as we both agree further therapy will be of benefit to you, sessions can continue.
My aim is to offer a first appointment - known as an initial assessment - within 1-2 weeks. Then we would arrange a set number of counselling sessions to take place at the same time every week, that is convenient for you and where I have availabity. How quickly these sessions can begin will depend on the availabity of that free ‘slot’.
Usually I am asked this question by people who are nervous about entering into counselling, or when they are looking for support in coming to see a therapist. This anxiety is understandable, but a key aspect of therapy is that you should feel free to talk about any issues you feel are important to you. Having someone else with you who can be connected those issues makes this opening-up more difficult, so for this reason I do not see clients accompanied by friends or family.
Adults, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, Trainees and young people.
I offer brief therapy, CBT, EMDR, Emotionally focused therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Jungian, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Relational and Systemic.
Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling and Short-term face-to-face work.
Everything that is said within the counselling room is private - this is one of the main ways counselling and therapy differ from talking to a friend or relative. Once you are comfortable with the format of weekly sessions and the safe space they provide, you will find the freedom to speak in confidence is of great value.
Note that there are some situations where you may be a risk to yourself or others, and there the law requires that I notify an authority; in these cases I may not be able to keep total confidentiality. Breaking confidentiality is very rare though, and only happens after the person concerned has been informed.
Based in Canterbury, East Kent Therapy can offer one-to-one sessions in person or online to suit your situation.
Normally the sessions are weekly consultations in East Kent, Canterbury. Or the meetings can be online on Zoom if you prefer.
EMDR uses a platform called Bilateral Base which can enhance your sessions.
Please call or text in confidence on 07525 456544 for a free introductory discussion.
"I have been through counselling various times over the years, and no-one has helped me as much."
"Just a note to say 'thank you'. You elevated what I had seen as silly/shameful to the sacred and you opened my eyes (but more importantly my heart) to new dimensions I have yet to fully explore."
"You're a brilliant therapist and a wonderful person ... I feel blessed to have known you."
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