B.A.C.P. Registered Counsellor in Tonbridge, Kent

Welcome to River Counselling, Tonbridge

Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed, life can be difficult. We can feel frustrated, angry, lonely, unheard, the list goes on. Things can feel so big it seems impossible to cope, could anyone ever understand? Or problems can seem so small to us that we feel they shouldn’t matter. We may feel stuck, unfulfilled and frustrated with life, sometimes we just don’t feel right and have no idea why.

My objective is for you to see yourself as a person with power and freedom. My role is to work alongside you, to provide a warm, accepting environment where you feel able to share your concerns and we can explore together, make connections and reach new understandings of your-self.

One of the theories I use in my practice is Person Centred Counselling, which is based on the philosophy and theory of Dr Carl Rogers. He believed that every- one has the ability to grow provided they are given the right conditions of congruence, empathy and unconditional positive regard and that everybody is an expert on themselves. I have included two quotes from Carl Rogers as I believe they say so much.

“When the other person is hurting, confused, troubled, anxious, alienated, and terrified; or when he or she is doubtful of self-worth, uncertain as to identity, then understanding is called for. The gentle and sensitive companionship of an empathic stance… provides illumination and healing. In such situations deep understanding is, I believe, the most precious gift one can give to another.” - Carl R. Rogers

"It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried." – Carl R Rogers

What can I help with?

I have experience with many areas of counselling. I feel everybody is unique and deserves to be treated with respect. I work with people from all walks of life respecting culture, values, choices, beliefs, and sexual orientation. I offer you a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space to tackle the difficult areas in your life. I see myself as a facilitator, walking alongside you, helping you to reach what may be causing difficulties for you at this time. I offer you the time to explore at a deeper level, make connections and reach new understandings of yourself.

I work with a wide range of issues and have listed some that may bring you into counselling. These are examples and ‘I just don’t feel right’ or ‘I don’t know why I am here’ are just as important.