We all face painful situations, difficult decisions and sometimes feel unable to cope. Counselling offers time and space to find more effective ways of coping with:
- Stress and anxiety
- Emotional and relationship difficulties
- Depression and low self-esteem
- Job loss
- Other difficult life situations
West Kent Mind recognises the value of counselling in improving and maintaining mental wellbeing, and aims to make available counselling to anyone who can benefit from it.
We offer access via three avenues: our Affordable Counselling Service (below), NHS psychological therapy through our partner Insight Healthcare, and private counselling from our team of Associate Counsellors.
Our Affordable Counselling Service uses qualified volunteer counsellors and supervised trainees at an advanced stage of their training. Clients can be seen for up to one year, with regular reviews every 8 weeks. There is a fee for this service based on ability to pay, and the fee will be discussed at assessment. You can self-refer to this service by calling 01732 744950 or using our online referral form below. If you prefer, you can also download a PDF form which you can print and fill in by hand, or fill in electronically.
When we have received your referral, if it seems that we can offer the right kind of help we will contact you to arrange a free assessment appointment with a senior counsellor from the service. If it seems that we are not the right kind of help we will contact you to signpost other sources of help.
There is currently a short waiting list for this service.
Counselling referral form
Free time-limited therapy, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), is available on the NHS through the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme that aims to work with people suffering from anxiety disorders and depression. We are delighted to working in partnership with Insight Healthcare to offer this service at our Sevenoaks Wellbeing centre. You can self-refer to this service by calling 0300 555 5555 or by visiting their website.
For other IAPT services in West Kent, the Live It Well website has a page on NHS psychological therapies where you can find a list of all the current providers.
Private Counselling & Psychotherapy
In addition to our affordable counselling service and NHS partner Insight Healthcare, we have a team of qualified and experienced “associate” counsellors who are in good standing with us through their work as volunteer therapists, trainers, and facilitators. Our associates offer private counselling and psychotherapy from our Wellbeing centres in Sevenoaks and Tonbridge. Visit our Associate Counsellors Directory page to find out more.
By using the private services of our associates you are also supporting the work of West Kent Mind through the room rental fees.
If you feel that your problem is of an urgent or critical nature, for example if you are feeling actively suicidal, you are self-harming or if you think you are a danger to others, then you may need a crisis service. Please go straight to the Need Help Now section of the Live It Well website.
If you are interested in a role as a volunteer counsellor or a supervised training placement please see our volunteer counsellors page.