As a society, we are served by a myriad of
technological advances whereby we can
communicate at any time of the day or night.
In spite of this we can still feel very much alone
with our difficulties and problems. Counselling
offers a valuable space where you can both talk
and be listened to.
The counselling process presents an opportunity
to help you explore new ways of learning to cope.
This is undertaken within a private, secure, confidential and enabling setting.
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Counselling with compassion
Phil Kenny is a Senior Accredited Counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, offering counselling sessions based from his practice in London SE1 and Hastings, East Sussex. In his own words, he describes his experience as a practitioner - as well as the vision and values he holds dear...
It has been a special privilege to have had a career in the mental health profession for many years. This has included working in many varied NHS settings, the private sector (Nightingale and Priory Hospitals London) and the national mental health charity (Mind). I have also worked in education (Barnet and Hendon Colleges) and the Prison Service (Holloway and Pentonville). This varied employment pathway has enabled me to work with many hundreds of people throughout the United Kingdom; those who have been presented with the whole spectrum of emotional pain and distress.
I am now keen to transfer from the statutory services and make available my wide therapy experience and track record, in a private capacity, to help you address personal issues that are leaving you feeling drained and defeated. I offer a straight forward, matter-of-fact and direct style - one that is relevant to
exploring the life concerns you are struggling with. I will listen to you in an approachable, empathic and professional manner. You will be treated with concern, dignity, respect and value.
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“My aim is to help and aid you move ahead with your future rather than feeling trapped and dwelling on your past.”
A safe, constructive space where you can be yourself
Whilst the counselling experience doesn’t benefit everybody, most clients I have seen have gained something from their attendance. Some clients referred by their GP whom I have seen have been initially sceptical about opening up to what is termed as ‘talking therapies’. They have been surprised to learn just how beneficial they have found the experience to be. Clients have commented on feeling comfortable and being listened to, which aids and encourages them to open up and talk about the issues in their lives that are causing them distress. Frequently, clients have used the words helpful, useful and valuable when describing their experience at their final appointment. Other common words that have emerged are highlighted are: