Barbara Kelly B.Sc Hons. Relationship Counsellor & Trauma Resolution Specialist
Faversham, Kent

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Counselling in Faversham

When it's not all plain sailing

Relationship Counselling and Psychotherapy for Individuals and Couples in Faversham

Why see a counsellor?

Life can be tough sometimes but most of life's worries can be faced if everything is alright at home. If your relationship is going through a rough patch it can make everything else seem so much harder to cope with. If that's how you're feeling right now, relationship counselling with me might be the answer.

Here's why. At the start of a new relationship things generally go well of course, but inevitably over time things happen and your circumstances change. For example, you have a child, then another, you move house or change jobs. Some changes are welcome and planned for. Others aren't, such as illness, redundancy, ageing. But whether the change is one you want or one you don't, dealing with it can put strain on your relationship while you adjust to your new situation. Counselling provides a time and space to think things through.

My name is Barbara Kelly and I've been a couples counsellor and psychotherapist in Faversham since 1997. I serve clients from all over East Kent, in particular Whitstable, Sittingbourne and Canterbury. I'm committed to providing a professional counselling and psychotherapy service in a confidential and non-judgemental environment.

All relationships are different. No two are alike. I will help you think about how you want your relationship to be and help you get there.

I work with both individuals and couples on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to think about what's been happening in your relationship, to identify what's gone wrong and to decide what you want to do about it.

My primary interest is in relationship counselling and psychotherapy but I recognise that relationship problems are sometimes either caused by or lead to other issues, for example anxiety and depression. GP's recognise that anxiety or depression in one or both partners has a profound affect on the couple relationship and nowadays refer patients for counselling or psychotherapy when this is the case. I'm trained to work with couples using a model which was designed by The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships to meet NICE guidelines.

I can help people who are experiencing

  • Relationship problems
  • Stress
  • Panic attacks
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Redundancy
  • Depression
  • Problems at work
  • Effects from traumatic events.

For those couples planning marriage, or deciding to live together, I provide workshops in which the issues that might need to be considered when sharing a home together are covered. The topics include discussion about commitment, information about communication, how to deal with arguments, and money. It can be helpful to meet with other couples who are also planning to marry or live together to get wider perspectives, but for those who prefer not to meet in a group setting I can arrange private sessions.

And what about an MOT for your relationship? We all expect to have our cars serviced regularly, and to get it MOT'd every year. Even though it appears to be running well your relationship needs to be tended too. Come and review your relationship and make adjustments now so's to avoid serious difficulties later.

My practice is within easy reach of Faversham, Canterbury, Sittingbourne, Ashford, Maidstone, Whitstable and Herne Bay. I'm 2 minutes walk from Faversham train station and there is parking in the street outside, or close by.

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