Therapy

Hello and welcome to Momentum Counselling.

The old saying "it's good to talk" sums up perfectly what counselling is about. It provides a space where you can express yourself freely and be listened to without judgment. This is something unique to counselling.

Life can be stressful and difficult to deal with. Sometimes it's hard to know who to turn to or we may fear being ridiculed or rejected if we spoke openly with our loved ones.

A counsellor is someone who is trained to handle difficult emotions and experiences that you are dealing with, in a confidential, non-judgemental and supportive environment. We act as guides, helping you along in your journey to discover more about yourself.

Therapy enables you to get in touch with your emotions and provides meaning to your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. It can offer you a chance to explore current issues or familiar repeating patterns of behaviour which you can't quite get a grip on, no matter how hard you try.

Counselling offers you fresh perspectives on your situation, where you learn to trust your choices and decision making processes leading to a more fulfilling and contented life. Of course, things don't always go our own way, so therapy can also give you the tools to better deal with those times in life that we find challenging.

The first step to getting help is acknowledging you have a problem, so if this is you, well done for getting this far! Please take your time to look at my website and when you are ready, get in touch.

About

Hi, my name is Luisa. I am a qualified counsellor working in the Maidstone and West Malling areas of Kent. I have a degree in Psychology in addition to a Diploma in Integrative Counselling. This means I draw on a wide range of theories and approaches which enables me to adapt to your needs.

Through my experience with clients I have dealt with a variety of challenging issues such as: abuse, addiction, anger, anxiety, helplessness, low self-worth, relationships, stress and weight management. Over the years I have had the privilege of witnessing much personal change for my clients which has been a joy to see.

In addition to running my own private practice I work for a Tier 3 Specialist Weight Management Service helping overweight people deal with their issues around eating. I also work for Therapy Partners helping young people with eating disorders, typically anorexia and bulimia nervosa.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which is the largest professional organisation that represents counselling and psychotherapy in the UK.

You can view my entry on the Counselling Directory here.

Fees

Free 30 minute introductory session.

All sessions thereafter are fifty minutes in length, typically on a weekly basis. Initially we can contract for six to eight weeks and review after four. Face to face fees are paid weekly at the end of each session. Online and telephone counselling fees are paid before the session starts. I accept cash, PayPal and bank transfer.

  • Individuals: £40
  • Online counselling: £30
  • Telephone counselling: £30

FAQs

How much does counselling cost?

Each session costs £40 and lasts for fifty minutes. I accept cash, PayPal and bank transfer.

How many sessions do I need?

There are no limits to the number of sessions you can have. This is solely based on your needs which we will discuss at the beginning. We will then review your progress regularly – around every 4-6 sessions. Sessions normally occur on a weekly basis however this can change depending upon your circumstances and personal requirements.

What is the length of each session?

Each session is fifty minutes in length. It’s important that you arrive on time for your appointment. If you are late this means your sessions will still finish at the same time.

What qualifications and experience do you have?

I have a Diploma in Integrative Counselling. This means I draw from a range of different therapies instead of one particular approach, in order to adapt to your needs. I have had experience in dealing with many issues, most commonly: anxiety, depression, relationship problems, work related stress, and low self-esteem. I also specialise in counselling adults and young people with eating disorders at both ends of the spectrum.

What happens in the introductory session?

This is a 30-minute free-of-charge session which allows us the opportunity to meet and for you to outline your issues. I will run through the various practicalities of having therapy e.g. payment, how to contact me, missed appointments etc. I can also answer any questions you have about treatment. If we both decide that proceeding with me in counselling is appropriate, then we can book mutually agreeable follow-up sessions, usually held on a weekly basis at the same time. If you’re not sure, then you are free to take your time to think about your options. You are under no obligation to continue.

What can I expect from therapy?

You can expect confidentiality and respect, in a warm, non-judgmental, comfortable setting. This is your space to talk, to reflect, to laugh, to cry, to express yourself as you wish. Counselling is a collaborative process where I act as guide to your needs, helping you gain a clearer insight into your issues. Counselling is not advice giving – it seeks to increase your self-confidence so you are able to make the best decisions for you.

What if I need to cancel my appointment?

I understand that life can get in the way even at the best of times so if you could notify me as soon as possible about cancelling a session I would be grateful. If you miss a session without informing me, you will be charged for the full price of the session.

When can I contact you?

You are free to contact me via email or phone during usual working hours. I aim to respond within 24 hours. For confidentiality reasons, I will not return a missed call if you have not left a message. Please note, I am not an emergency service so if you have urgent needs please take a look at the organisations listed here on the Time to Change website.

What if I want to end therapy?

You are free to end therapy at any time. Although, it’s beneficial to have some degree of notice about finishing in order to properly manage the process. Ending any kind of relationship can give rise to strong emotions and anxiety which are better dealt with in session. Once you have decided to end therapy, we can choose a date to work towards and use the remaining time for you to get used to the idea and to ask any “what next?” questions.

What other things should I look for in a therapist?

Counsellors and psychotherapists are currently not regulated by UK law. However, these are the things you should be looking out for when searching for a therapist:

Membership of a professional body

I am a Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). It is one of the largest professional bodies for counsellors and psychotherapists. I adhere to its ethical framework which can be found here.

Therapists are not legally required to be a member of a professional body, however by belonging to one this means they have met certain requirements set by that body.

Supervision

I undertake monthly supervision with a qualified counsellor each month. Supervision provides therapists with regular and ongoing opportunities to reflect in depth about all aspects of their practice in order to work as effectively, safely and ethically as possible.

Confidentiality

All therapeutic sessions we have and supervision I undertake is done in absolute confidence. Any notes I take are kept anonymous and stored securely. There may be occasions where I break confidentiality when it comes to matters of harming yourself or others, or if someone were to break the law. Confidentiality is also discussed in the initial session.

Contact

For further information, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Please email luisa@momentumcounselling.co.uk

Or call me on 07811 102815

Maidstone Address

Hillside Court, Wateringbury, Maidstone, ME18 5DF

West Malling Address

Suite 7, 30 Churchill Square, Kings Hill, West Malling, ME19 4YU