Welcome - Counselling and Psychotherapy

Hi, welcome to my website. 

Counselling and psychotherapy - if you are experiencing any of the problems below, or dissatisfaction with life or loss of a sense of direction or purpose then give me a call to find out how counselling and psychotherapy can help - whether coping with a problem you are facing now, or a past traumatic experience. If you are looking for someone to talk to, someone to listen to you then please read on.

* Relational Issues

* Anxiety

* Loss

* Grief

* Depression

* Change

* Separation

* Substance Use

* Age Related Issues

* Illness and Injury

I follow a Humanistic perspective both in my life and as a therapist - seeking to work with clients as equals in a non-judgemental way and believe that we have the potential to often achieve far more than we think possible. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and a member of the British Psychological Society.

Rather than seeking to fit people into standardised and rigid pigeon holes, I respect individuals, with their own strengths, challenges and opportunities. Counselling and psychotherapy provide different ways of addressing personal issues and at different levels, your wishes and decisions will be respected regarding how we work together. 

I integrate different therapeutic perspectives and methods, with a focus on 'what does this person need at this time' rather than believing that one size does not fit all. The method I trained in (Transactional Analysis) fosters an 'I'm ok, you're ok' equal relationship between client and therapist, where we work together to help you achieve your goal. You are fully entitled - and welcome - to see any notes, and to talk through as much (or as little) theory as you want. Transactional Analysis makes a point of using plain English to be as accessible as possible.

We meet in a safe, private and confidential setting to explore a difficulty you are having, distress you may be experiencing or may be a dissatisfaction with life, or loss of a sense of direction or purpose. You set the agenda, whether it be a problem you are facing now, or a traumatic experience in your past.

You can expect me to be attentive, respectful and non-judgmental, focused on you, honest and discrete. I also have full DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance and appropriate third party insurance (details on web site.) 

Any initial conversation by telephone or email is completely without obligation, please feel free to ask me about anything that concerns you, including my training, qualifications, experience or background - I won't be offended and am happy to answer any relevant question, or explain why if I'm unable to respond.

A therapeutic relationship is co-created between client and therapist, and it may not always be possible to achieve a working bond. To find out if we can work together, and see if therapy will be useful, I offer a reduced fee for our initial meeting so we can experience each other and talk through what you want to achieve. I'll remember this for future sessions, but also be aware of issues that come up later on. Sometimes other, more serious concerns become apparent later on.

I have rooms in Brenchley (West Kent) next to a café and with parking outside and in Paddock Wood, very near to the station. I'm also happy to discuss travelling where budgets permit. This site has details of the services available and there is no charge for an initial consultation. To find out more contact me so we can discuss working together.

Call now without obligation and have a chat. It’s good to talk.

Paul Hurst