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18th March 2019 

Private counselling in Rochester • Medway • Kent

High Street

Welcome to our award winning private practice in historic Rochester in Kent. Conveniently, our counselling practice rooms are within walking distance of Rochester train station. Several nearby car parks are also within easy access.

Counselling on a short-term basis is available in Rochester if you would like to focus on specific goals. Long-term counselling is also available for more complex work. Choosing a therapist is an important decision, therefore, we appreciate any questions you may have about the counselling process.

Type of counselling in Rochester.
Humanistic counselling, motivational interviewing, and solution-focused brief therapy.

What days and times?
Currently limited to Tuesday: 9 am – 11 am.

We are available 7 days a week to receive enquiries. Contact a counsellor in Rochester.

How much is counselling in Rochester?
56 per session.

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Counsellors in Rochester

Jane Bolton
MBACP Registered

The person-centred approach to counselling underpins my work with adults and young people, having trained as a Humanistic Counsellor. I am able to work with you in a confidential space for a range of issues such as anxiety, depression and bereavement counselling.

I also offer Brief Solution-Focused Therapy in Rochester and have much experience working with adolescents and young adults...view counsellor profile.

“Would recommend to anyone in need of a good mental/emotional support. A great and positive experience. Very approachable, easy to talk to and gave me good techniques” Anonymous, Rochester, 2017

Practice rooms in Rochester are within driving distance of Maidstone, Gravesend, Gillingham, Ebbsfleet, Higham, Meopham, Cobham, and the Medway Towns.

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Humanistic counselling in Rochester

We offer Humanistic counselling in Rochester, which is influenced by person-centred therapy, gestalt, and psychosynthesis. We offer counselling for a range of issues, so, if you are looking for help with depression, or looking for support during a difficult time, our counsellors are here to listen.

What is Humanistic counselling?
At Harley Street Counselling and Training, we believe that in the right circumstances, all approaches to counselling that we offer ‘work’. We do not agree with manualised therapy that suggests one size fits all. This is because the uniqueness of human beings is more likely suspended at the expense of working collaboratively with the client.

Humanistic counselling is a broad term for some of the following approaches to counselling.

Person-centred therapy
Theorist Carl Rogers, believed in offering a non-directive, user-led approach to counselling. He believed that clients have the ability to grow if offered the three main core conditions which are Empathy, Congruence (genuineness) and Unconditional Positive Regard. Person centred counselling remains popular and is an effective form of therapy working with issues such as bereavement. Counselling can be short or long-term depending on what you would like from person-centred counselling. Our counsellors in Rochester can offer person-centred counselling.

Gestalt Psychotherapy
This is an approach to counselling and psychotherapy that works to the ideas of Fritz Perls. Emphasis is placed on the clients experience in the present moment, the here and now. Insights can be gained through the awareness of emotions, physical sensations, and behaviour, as experienced in the here and now. The purpose of Gestalt therapy is to work towards the resolution of unresolved issues. Our counsellors in Rochester may be able to offer you this way of working.

Transactional Analysis (T.A)
Devised by Eric Berne, who believed that people have distinct ways of thinking, feeling and behaving. These are called Ego-states which we act out in the here and now: PARENT (our own re-enactment of parents’ behaviours or significant adults in our life when growing up). ADULT (our response to the here and now). CHILD (thoughts, feelings and behaviours once performed in childhood re-enacted in the present day).

Psychosynthesis counselling
Roberto Assagiolli developed psychosynthesis counselling that supports the growth of an individual (to synthesise) and to integrate all aspects of themselves. This encourages greater self-connection whilst seeking to uncover internal conflicts that might inhibit this process during therapy. There are various creative techniques that are incorporated into this approach to counselling.

Integrative and eclectic counselling
The counsellor will work from one core approach whilst being able to integrate ideas and techniques fluidly from other counselling approaches. For example, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques might be integrated into a humanistic way of working. The therapy is usually integrated into the counsellor's original way of working i.e. the approach the counsellor was first trained.

An eclectic counsellor is able to combine more than one theoretical approach to counselling in a coherent way. Eclecticism certainly is not an exercise in chucking things against the wall to see what sticks (at least it shouldn’t be). It is an approach which does not hold theory rigidly to a single paradigm but will draw meaningfully from a range of sources from an informed skill set.

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Counselling offers a supportive space during difficult times.

Bereavement counselling in Medway, Kent.

A brief summary of clinical psychology, counselling psychology, psychotherapy and counselling

Psychiatry is distinct from other helping professions. Psychiatrists refer to a client as a patient and will have formal medical training. Information will be gathered in order to fully assess and come to a formal diagnosis. The psychiatrist is able to prescribe medication and might refer the patient to a practitioner such as a counsellor, psychotherapist or cognitive behavioural therapist for further treatment.

A Clinical psychologist deals with the diagnosis and treatment of complex mental health, personality and behavioural disorders whereas counselling psychologists tend to deal with the same issues as a counsellor or psychotherapist. Counselling psychologists tend to work in a medical setting and have one agreed training standard and route of study in the UK whereas counsellors or psychotherapists have several routes depending on the therapeutic approach and the level of training.

Counsellors are often trained in a core model such as person-centred, gestalt or psychodynamic and may further their development by integrating other ways of working such as CBT.

Psychotherapy and counselling are terms that are often interchangeable and draw from the same theoretical, relational and practical knowledge base. There is no agreed distinction between the terms counsellor and psychotherapist, however, some may raise the point that counselling is seen as short-term and psychotherapy favours long-term work.

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