Finding a way forward together
Welcome, and thank you for visiting Integrative Counselling. My name is Anna Keen and I am a counsellor and supervisor in Maidstone, Kent offering in-person face to face sessions as well as video counselling sessions.
I am a counsellor and supervisor in Maidstone, Kent offering in-person face to face sessions as well as video-counselling sessions (UK only). I am also fully trained to use EMDR with my clients if that approach is chosen and you can find out more about this on my EMDR page.
Contact me here if you are looking for a fully-qualified and experienced BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) psychotherapeutic counsellor in Kent to explore the issues you are having. In person sessions are convenient for Maidstone residents and those in the surrounding Medway areas. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental relationship in which you can explore personal or difficult issues that may be causing you distress.
I am also a qualified counselling supervisor. Please do contact me for further details.
My professionally accredited training and experience enables me to work with clients on a short-term focused or goal-orientated basis, as well as an open-ended longer term basis to enable us to explore personal challenges at a deeper level. Click here to find out more about me.
It is so important for you to have a robust connection with your counsellor and that is why we meet for an initial assessment so that you can make sure you feel comfortable working with me. Not only can we talk about what is troubling you, but also what may be blocking progression and any feelings about personal change. Counselling is a fluid process and can be challenging at times but you will find the best results through your commitment and engagement.
As your counsellor in Maidstone, Kent, I can work either face to face or by video using an encrypted platform called Zoom.
Counselling isn't about giving advice or me telling you what to do, it's exploring thoughts and feelings about issues and concerns and having an opportunity to discover how to move forward in life.
Some counsellors use just one type of approach, but I use the three main proven approaches used within counselling - psychodynamic, person-centred (sometimes referred to as humanistic) and cognitive-behavioural. This gives you more choice of how you want to look at your issues which, in turn, creates the flexibility to flow with the different ways to move towards your personal goals.
As with most therapies, for the therapy to be effective, it is vital to focus on what happens in the relationship between client and counsellor. Research shows that the relationship with your therapist or counsellor is as important as the actual method they use.
BACP Definition of Counselling & Psychotherapy
"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."
If you have not had experience of counselling before or have had a poor experience in the past, you may have mixed feelings or feel nervous about contacting me. When we embark on anything new or something which we may expect to be negative, there are natural anxieties that emerge. I am more than happy to spend a few minutes on the telephone to talk through these with you before you commit to booking an appointment.
At your first appointment we look at what you want to talk about. Some people are clear at the start with what they are looking for and others need a few sessions to think it through, either way is fine.
I will ask some general questions about you and if you have any concerns or questions then this is a good opportunity to discuss these too. This all helps us decide whether it is the right place for you.
If it is, then we agree on weekly sessions of 50 minutes at usually the same time each week, although occasionally this might alter in certain cases (e.g. where people work different shifts).
If your therapy is being funded by someone else then a certain number of sessions may be offered so we look at how to work together within that time frame.
If you are funding yourself then it is called open-ended therapy where we do not decide on an ending date and the therapy is ongoing incorporating review sessions along the way.
If you are experiencing distress with one particular issue or a combination of different issues, please contact me to discuss how counselling and psychotherapy in Maidstone, covering the Medway areas can help you.
I believe that we cannot forget what has happened in our lives but we can positively change the way in which our experiences affect our daily lives.
If you are looking for a counsellor or supervisor in Medway or you are based elsewhere in the UK, then making an appointment in Maidstone couldn’t be easier. Telephone me in the strictest confidence on 07738 197739 or click here to email me.
Some of the issues that Counselling, Psychotherapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprogramming (EMDR) can help you with include:
Problems with confidence or self-esteem
Grief, loss or bereavement
Work related issues
Family or school life
My address is below - within a Community Centre offering a warm, welcoming and comfortable atmosphere.
Office 209, Maidstone Community Support Centre
39-48 Marsham Street
Maidstone, Kent ME14 1HH
Parking is available at Sainsbury’s or The Mall shopping centre and the offices are walking distance of the main bus routes and train station.