Initial Consultation

If you would like to speak to me before booking a session, I offer a free initial 15 minute telephone conversation so I can find out more about what brings you to counselling and what your goals for counselling are.

It also provides you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. At the end of the conversation, if I feel that I can help you and if we are a good therapeutic fit, we can arrange your initial assessment session.

Assessment Session

The first session at KM Counselling is an assessment session. We discuss what you want from the therapy, providing you with an opportunity to share more about yourself and the difficulties you are currently facing.

By collaborating closely during the assessment, we can work towards finding the most suitable and personalised solutions for you. Your well-being is my priority, and this initial consultation lays the foundation for a supportive and transformative therapeutic experience.

“Pick the day – enjoy it to the hilt. The day as it comes. The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present, and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future” — Audrey Hepburn.


My type of counselling is an Integrative approach that involves selecting the techniques from different therapeutic orientations best suited to a client’s particular problem. I adapt the therapy to suit the client's needs. As your Counsellor, my role is to assist you in empowering yourself and approaching challenges in new and constructive ways. Once we have together discovered why you may feel the way you do and what has happened to you in the past we can progress to make a difference.

This approach fosters a personalised therapeutic experience, aiming to help you make the positive changes you seek in your life. Through our collaborative efforts, we'll uncover the answers that resonate with you, allowing you to embrace transformation and discover your inner strengths. As an Integrative Counsellor, my focus is on supporting you to find the solutions that truly align with your journey of self-discovery and healing.

In our sessions together, I may draw upon the following approaches:
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing)
  • Advanced Attachment-Informed EMDR
  • Memory Reconsolidation, the Flash Technique & EMDR
  • Flash Technique Advanced
  • Group Traumatic Episode Protocol (GTEP) for Remote work with individuals and in person groups
  • Compassionate Inquiry (by Gabor Mate)

“We can’t heal what we can’t feel” — Kristen Neff.


EMDR, or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, is a highly effective therapeutic technique used to address trauma, particularly Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This evidence-based approach enables individuals to process distressing memories and experiences that have become stuck in their minds.

It was developed by Dr Francine Shapiro, an American Clinical Psychologist, in the 1980s. As a Senior Research Fellow at the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, USA, she published the first research data confirming the efficacy of EMDR in 1989. Since then, a wealth of research has been conducted demonstrating its benefits in treating psychological trauma arising from experiences as diverse as violent conflict, natural disaster, physical assault, road traffic and workplace accidents and childhood sexual and/or physical abuse or neglect.

Continue reading about EMDR and how it can help you...

During EMDR sessions, bilateral stimulation, such as eye movements or tactile taps, is used to facilitate the brain's natural healing process. As a result, traumatic memories lose their intensity, and individuals can find relief from symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety. EMDR offers a safe and transformative path towards healing, helping individuals reclaim control over their lives and promoting resilience after traumatic events.

EMDR is a powerful therapy and training in it is reserved to mental health professionals. You are strongly recommended to consult only legitimate clinicians who have undertaken an accredited training course recognised by the EMDR Europe and EMDR UK & Ireland Associations.

NICE has recommended this therapy for treatment of PTSD. ( I combine this technique with integrative psychotherapy.

"Trauma is not what happened to you. It's what happens inside of you. It is the wound you sustained. That's the good thing, because the wound can be healed anytime". Dr Gabor Mate

Testimonial from Mrs H...

“Strange to look back now at how distressed I was. I wonder how I managed to function day to day. I was consumed by the anxiety/fear/hypervigilance. The trauma sort of faded away. It’s a bizarre thing but you can’t put your finger on it, how your feelings change. It’s peculiar...”

Couples Therapy

Couples counselling is a specialised form of therapy aimed at helping partners enhance their relationship and improve communication. In this collaborative process, both partners have the opportunity to express their thoughts, emotions, and concerns in a safe and supportive environment. The focus is on understanding each other's perspectives, learning effective communication techniques, and identifying patterns of behaviour that may be causing distress.

Couples counselling can address a wide range of relationship issues, including communication problems, conflict resolution, intimacy challenges, trust issues, infidelity, and adjusting to life transitions. Whether you are in the early stages of a relationship or facing long-term difficulties, couples counselling can foster a deeper connection, promote emotional intimacy, and equip you with the tools to navigate challenges together, ultimately strengthening your bond and fostering a more fulfilling partnership.

Continue reading about how Couples Counselling works...

In couples counselling, the client is the relationship between the two partners. It is in fact, the field between them that they have co-created together, that is in crisis and in need of a new direction.

I help the couple find the core reasons for the problems they experience and provide the “tools” to help the couple work towards healing and reconciliation. Exploring and understanding negative habits and patterns of behaviour that may have become unconscious, leads to possible change and self-growth.

Testimonial from Mr and Mrs H...

“We found Couples Counselling very useful. Both of us have learned how to communicate better with one another, as well as having a greater understanding of the other partner’s wants and needs. We have learned more about ourselves as individuals and why we have emotional triggers that arise. As a couple we can now address issues better and work through them as a team. Kath has taught us how to be more accommodating, sympathetic and patient with one another.

Couples Counselling was completely equal, we both felt included and communicated with fairly. We felt it was a safe environment to discuss the issues in our relationship and Kath supported us with things to try at home and how to move forward.”


Adoption can be a wonderful experience and transformative journey, but it can also bring unique challenges and emotions for everyone involved. At KM Counselling, I offer specialised adoption support for anyone connected to the adoption process. This includes individuals who were adopted as children, adoptive parents, and even grandparents. I provide a safe and empathetic space where you can explore your feelings, concerns, and experiences related to adoption.

I am dedicated to helping you embrace healing and find understanding in the context of adoption. Together, we can explore your unique journey, address any emotional hurdles, and build a strong foundation for positive growth and connection within your family dynamic. No matter where you stand in the adoption process, know that you don't have to navigate it alone — I am here to provide compassionate support every step of the way.

I have trained extensively on adoption and attachment issues with an adoption approved agency.

Clinical Supervision

Clinical supervision is a valuable and enriching process designed to support professionals in the mental health field. Whether you are a qualified counsellor, therapist, or a trainee, engaging in clinical supervision can be transformative for your practice or role.

At KM Counselling, I offer clinical supervision for both experienced practitioners and those in training. Supervision provides a dedicated space to reflect on your client work, explore personal and professional development, and gain valuable insights into your therapeutic approach.

By engaging in clinical supervision, you can enhance your self-awareness, refine your clinical skills, and deepen your understanding of complex cases. It fosters an environment of continuous learning, ensuring you provide the highest standard of care to your clients. Whether you are seeking support in managing challenging cases or exploring ethical dilemmas, clinical supervision is an invaluable resource for nurturing your professional growth and enriching your practice or role in the mental health field.

“The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise” — F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Get in touch

I offer a free 15 minute initial telephone consultation. Any questions, or queries please feel free to get in touch via the contact form or my email/phone below.

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