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Kay Fletcher Counselling began life back in 2011, offering counselling to adults and couples. It has grown and evolved since then and now also provides counselling to children and young people, including working in schools locally.
I am a person-centred counsellor which is a 'humanistic' therapeutic approach. This means I look at the way a person views and values themselves, the conscious thoughts, feelings and emotions, but I don't aim to interpret or diagnose. In this way I would aim to work with the meaning your experiences have for you, in order to understand your experience from your point of view. To this end the counselling relationship is an important part of the therapeutic alliance and I would offer empathy, respect and honesty, to establish and support it. During the first session we can discuss working together and if we felt this was something we could do.
As a person-centred therapist then, I value the client's experience and am genuine, open and non-judgemental. I would hope you felt accepted and able to work honestly with, and understand, your own feelings. I believe this move to relying on your own values, and sense of self-worth would create a positive relationship with your inner resources and on-going access to this continued support.
I work privately from my practice in the small but picturesque village of Leintwardine, on the Shropshire/Herefordshire border. Appointments are available Monday-Saturday, with evening sessions an option. I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor and the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) is a professional body which safeguards clients and ensures they have access to competent and ethical practitioners. Accreditation means my '...practice has been deemed to meet our higher standard as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner,'
If you feel unsure about contacting me but feel you need help right now or you may harm yourself or someone else, please contact the Samaritans on 116 123 which is free to call from within the UK and Ireland.
There is also a Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge 0808 2000 247.
Please don't suffer in silence - please ask for the help you need.
I am both pleased and proud to be able to announce that I have successfully gained BACP Accreditation. This means that my counselling practice has been deemed to meet the BACP's higher standard as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner. Gaining Accreditation demonstrates that I have undergone a substantial level of training and achieved high standards of knowledge, development, and experience.
On a more personal note! I found the application and assessment process to be a challenging but rewarding experience. Mainly, I think, because throughout it I was demonstrating my personal awareness and understanding of how my approach benefits clients. It took me a great deal of time and thought to complete, and, as a lot of the work was built around my reflective practice, I felt that I produced an assessment that represented the depth and breadth of myself as a counselling practitioner. It was as if the document I sent off contained the very essence of me as a counsellor! When, many months later, the envelope came through the door, clearly marked private and confidential with the BACP logo, I felt nervous and anxious, as if I was to receive judgment on my authentic self - this is who I am, am I good enough? My application had been deferred as three questions needed further exploration. I felt deflated and relieved all at the same time. Deflated as I had wanted to experience the joy and thrill of acceptance, a 'judgment' validating my professional practice! Relieved that I only had three questions to look at again. I spent the next few weeks adding to these answers and again sent off the paperwork...and waited. I thought about my motivation, how I wanted to have a measure of my work and how I valued my self-awareness and the learning it brought.
Many months later and another official BACP envelope marked private and confidential again dropped on to my hall floor. I went for a walk and took the unopened envelope with me. I wanted to ponder on these feelings around self-belief. I decided that this was about challenges and opportunities. I felt that whatever the decision held inside the envelope, I had offered up a piece of work that represented my true self as a counselling practitioner at this point in time, and, as I believed in and actively sought continued professional development, whatever the outcome I was on a journey, this was not a destination. I opened the envelope and on reading the first word, 'congratulations', I felt really emotional. I was grateful for all the help my supervisor and proposer had given me, as they filled in forms and reports, and I was thankful for the support of those around me that made it possible for me to spend so many long hours on the assessment process. It felt as if I had arrived at a viewing point on my journey, I could consolidate and appreciate my learning - I could take some time to enjoy the view!
Kay Fletcher, Registered Member MBACP (Accred).