Katherine Poole

Chartered Counselling Psychologist

Telephone: 01892 676214  Tunbridge Wells, Kent

 

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Whether you are experiencing depression, anxiety or difficulties in your relationships, problems adjusting to changes or loss in your life, or perhaps you wish to focus on personal growth, making a decision to seek any form of therapy can be a difficult one. For many people, however, it is one that they will always be thankful they made. I hope you are able to find the information you need on this site to help you make your decision, but if not, please do get in touch with any questions you may have about my work as a Counselling Psychologist.

My practice offers a safe and confidential environment where clients can explore any difficulties or challenges they are experiencing, as well as areas where they feel their wellbeing could be enhanced.

I provide psychotherapy and counselling to adults, children, adolescents and their families from my private practice in central Tunbridge Wells, Kent. I offer a range of therapeutic approaches including: Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Therapy, Mindfulness and Integrative Psychotherapy.


Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registered with Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), please see the Regulation information for full information.

Please see the Further Information section for appointment details, confidentiality and fees.


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About Me

Katherine Poole (C.Psychol)

I completed my Undergraduate Honours Degree in Psychology at Leeds University, followed by Postgraduate Diplomas in Counselling Psychology and the Practice of Counselling Psychology as well as a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology at Roehampton University, London. I have worked in both private practice and the NHS. My private practice has been running since 2006.

If we decide to start working together I will keep our therapeutic relationship at the centre of my practice. I will work with you to empower you to make changes in your life and, where relevant, to make decisions about the process of your therapy. I offer a safe non-judgemental space where you can gain more understanding and self-awareness, enabling you to find better ways to cope, manage difficulties and make healthier choices.

Chartered Counselling Psychologists are professional applied psychologists concerned with the integration of psychological theory and research with therapeutic practice. The practice of counselling psychology requires a high level of self-awareness and competence in relating the skills and knowledge of personal and interpersonal dynamics to the therapeutic context.

As Counselling Psychologists we use a holistic stance, which involves examining the issues presented by you, within the wider context of what has given rise to them. I will work collaboratively with you to explore underlying issues, help you gain personal insight and empower you to consider change.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding my services.

I can help you with...

I help people of all ages manage a wide range of problems, challenges and difficult life events:
Adult
Adolescent & Child

Trauma

Anxiety

Depression

Phobias

Bereavement and loss

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Panic attacks

Work stress or bullying

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Adjusting to divorce, retirement or redundancy

Experiences of abuse or violence

Low self-esteem or assertiveness problems

Loss of meaning in life

Personal growth

Depression

Low self-esteem

Anxiety

Adjusting to parental divorce

Family relationship problems

Social difficulties

Bereavement and loss

Phobias

Bullying

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Self harm

Experiences of abuse or domestic violence

School refusal

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


See also: Will therapy help? Client comments and testimonials

Please note: I do not carry out formal autistic spectrum disorder assessments, educational assessments or provide court, family or expert witness reports.

Therapeutic Approaches

I use a wide range of approaches when working with clients:
Integrative Psychotherapy

Embracing the unique value of each individual by combining different forms of psychotherapy to create one approach to therapy which responds appropriately and effectively to all aspects of you.

Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT involves us working collaboratively. This therapy aims to help you understand the relationship between your thoughts, behaviours and feelings. We then agree on tasks which you may experiment with in order to identify the techniques that work most effectively for you.

Psychodynamic Therapy

The goal is to improve your self-awareness, enabling you to gain insight into the influence of your past on your present behaviour. Offering a regular time to talk about yourself, as well as your past and present relationships, focusing on the influence that unconscious processes have on your present behaviour.

Mindfulness

I teach clients mindfulness as a way of becoming more aware of the present moment, including getting in touch with moment-to-moment changes in their mind and their bodies. Mindfulness can help people to halt the escalation of negative thoughts and teach them to focus on the present moment, rather than reliving the past or pre-living the future.

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)

When we have been involved in or witness a very distressing event our brain can struggle to process information in the way it would process an everyday event. This can lead to a number of difficulties such as re-experiencing the event as though it were happening now, memories that are so overwhelming you avoid thinking of them or a state where you feel constantly on the look out for danger.

Find out more about the approaches I use...