Kim Townsend, Counsellor
Kim Townsend, Dip.SW, Bsc Hons, Dip.Couns.
Kim has worked with children and young people for over twenty years. Her experience includes working as a nursey nurse, a nanny, a social worker with children & families, and a specialist social worker with both children and young adults with learning disabilities, ASD and complex/life limiting health needs. Kim has also worked with foster carers and children who are fostered, and has a vast amount of experience, knowledge, and skills that she would bring when working within this area.
Kim also has experience of working as a counsellor in the areas of grief & loss, relationship issues, trauma, abuse, anxiety, anger management, confidence, self-esteem issues, childhood issues, depression, and family relationship issues. There are many more areas that we could add to this list as counselling is not just about one thing, each client may bring many issues, the list is always growing.
Kim is registered with Social Work England and is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. She also holds an enhanced DBS check. Kim has appointments available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and sometimes Saturday mornings.
Main therapeutic models: Person-Centred, Psychoanalysis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Areas of interest: Autistic Spectrum Conditions/Disorders (ASD), anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, abuse, grief & loss, and childhood issues, particularly those related to Looked After Children (LAC/Foster children).
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Ongoing Counselling training:
Level 5 Diploma working with Children & Adolescents
Diploma in Social Work, BSc (Hons) Community Studies.
A bit from Kim: As a counsellor I will work with you in a person-centred way, this means that the sessions will be yours to speak freely, in a safe and secure environment about whatever you may wish. I will not judge you; I will support you to enable you to move forward with your life in the way in which you choose.
We will work together to build a relationship of trust and honesty; this will be done at your pace. I am approachable and easy to talk to and will be available to listen and help you as you need in your sessions.
I am trained as an integrative counsellor which means that I will be able to draw upon theories that will ensure that you are receiving the right counselling for you, it’s not a one size fits all thing, and the sessions will work for you, and always be in your best interests.
As a result of us working together and building what is called a therapeutic alliance (or relationship), you will not only become empowered, enabling you to make the choices and change that you might want to make in your life, but you will also have a deeper understanding of who you are and the journey that has brought you to where you are now.
This whole process will be your therapeutic journey, we will share and work on this together to achieve the outcome that you desire.