‘Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.’ (BACP) 


Talking therapies offer a safe, respectful and confidential environment for you to explore problems and issues which may be keeping you stuck or causing difficulties in your relationships.

Most people experience periods of anxiety and low moods as they travel through life. Often coming to terms with loss and disappointment can be achieved without professional help.  But sometimes, circumstances put unbearable strain on coping strategies which have worked reasonably well up to now. Problems such as a bereavement, redundancy or divorce increase tension in relationships as well and can raise uncomfortable feelings from the past.  All this can make life feel unmanageable.  However it is possible to enhance existing coping strategies and gain new perspectives through a process of regular psychotherapy.

The UK Council for Psychotherapy states that it "holds the quality mark for high standards in psychotherapy".

The kite mark is upheld because of the psychotherapy training process.  Psychotherapists undergo an extensive and rigorous training which demands taking an in-depth look at self though lengthy personal therapy. This engenders an ability to offer clients an in-depth therapy with the potential to stimulate longer lasting effects than some shorter-term work.

South Kent Counselling and Psychotherapy therapists abide by the ethical principles of The United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and are individual members of the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis (CPJA).

"All members of the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis (CPJA) believe that unconscious processes shape our behaviour and our lives. Broadly speaking this means that we don’t know as much about ourselves as we think we do. The unconscious is, as the word suggests, ‘un’-conscious but manifests in dreams, symptoms and patterns of behaviour. Often we know these patterns are damaging to our selves and others, but we feel powerless to change them. More positively, the unconscious is also a source of creativity and imagination. While psychotherapy attempts a greater understanding, its entire contents can never be known." (Reference: UKCP website CPJA page)

The SKCP team offer such psychotherapeutic processes aimed to help you make sense of your problems by exploring your feelings, thoughts, dreams, memories and behaviour. This can be a prolonged endeavour and requires a commitment over time. However, a therapeutic relationship which is creative and develops gradually can be very rewarding. It may help you to gain insight, effect long term positive change and give new found meaning to your life.

Talking therapy draws on ideas from Psychoanalysis, Psychodynamics and neuroscience. Our service offers a holistic approach which can be helpful in treating a wide variety of people and their individual needs.  For example:

  • Anxiety or Depression                      
  • Stress
  • Relationship issues
  • Bereavement or loss
  • Lack of confidence and low self-esteem
  • Work or study related problems
  • Abuse and problems from childhood
  • Lack of purpose or meaning in life
  • Transitions


Initial Consultation to evaluate on going psychological needs and give information about Psychotherapy, Primary or Secondary Care, if appropriate.

Private psychotherapy
Psychodynamic psychotherapy.  
Once weekly, face to face. Length of treatment: 1 year - 18 months.
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy.   Depth psychotherapy - Length of treatment: Open ended.
Frequency: 1-2-3-4-5 sessions per week.
Use of the Psychoanalytic Couch.

Extended assessment consultation [up to 90 minutes] with an experienced and fully qualified senior UKCP Psychotherapist. To diagnose and assess psychological requirements and give information about Counselling, Psychotherapy, Primary or Secondary Care Services, if appropriate.

Supervision and Training Therapy.   For student therapists and trainee counsellors.


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