- Phone number
- 01233 334702
- Flexible hours available
- Wheelchair accessible office
- Available for home visits
I have some availability to make a quick start at times throughout the week and weekends; mornings, afternoons and evenings can be accommodated
About me and my therapy practice
Hi, I'm Darren.
I practice as a Person Centered counsellor in the Humanistic tradition. Broadly, this means that I work with themes that my client brings and a session is led by that subject matter. I always strive to practice with warmth and empathy but I'm also aware that I have developed a style which is forthright and will face subjects head on; helping clients to drill down into what is really going on.
This may be known or unknown to the client when they start, but throughout I am kind and understanding, encouraging and I will only ever work only in the your best interest.
I have a wonderfully cosy couselling room at my home in Kingsnorth, Ashford. The pandemic caused me to move my work onto zoom and telephones. It was a big and quick change that has been far more beneficial for clients than I could have ever imagined. Currently, I am working out of a larger room for covid-safe face to face counselling but I am continuing with telephone or zoom as an offer as it has been so successful.
My entire career has been about helping others and I have worked therapeutically for 9 years. Most recently I have been a volunteer counsellor for a local charity working with a range of clients who presented with range of issues.
Previously, I have worked with disaffected young people and helping long-term job seekers to gain meaningful employment. I have managed a team of trainers for care homes and have raised foster children in my care for a range of durations.
I have delivered training for many years and currently I specialise in delivering counselling training, mindfulness training and on subjects such as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, attachment and parenting issues.
Every life choice I've made has been led by my desire to bring good to those who most need it.
As you get used to your ‘new normal’ life still seems pretty hard at times. This year has brought so many unexpected challenges that have weighed heavy. Relationships are harder, your sleep is worse and you can feel the weight of what is to come. On top of all you’ve managed there may now be fears about what is to come. You may be worrying about financial issues, family issues or dealing with your own anxiety and low moods day after day.
2020 doesn’t have to be written off yet. You can find a time and space, either in person or via the phone or screen, to explore what’s going on for you and to find your own path forward; maybe feeling lighter and calmer for brighter days to come.
To find out more about kingsnorth counselling, head over to the website and have a look at the photos, read the information and see if you like what you see.
I'm here to help you if you want me to.
My first session
HOW DO WE GET STARTED?
Get in touch either by phone or email.
When it’s convenient we will complete a brief conversation over the phone so that we can check your suitability to the counselling on offer. If we agree to proceed we will schedule your first appointment. It really is that simple.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE FIRST APPOINTMENT?
We will need to complete some contracting and agree our way of working and then we can get started with whatever you want to bring. Each session will be led by your words but we may use some creative media if it assists your process.
What I can help with
Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Disability, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sex-related issues, Sexuality, Stress, Trauma, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Existential, Humanistic, Person centred, Psychosynthesis, Transactional analysis
Clients I work with
Adults, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited