Kent Counselling

Lesley Brookes

Faversham, Kent

0782 140 4084

lesleybrookes@hotmail.com

A counsellor in Kent — my practice

When working together, I will use a psychodynamic approach — looking at your presenting concern or feeling in the context of your early experiences. I will also use ways of working from other traditions (for example cognitive therapy), if I feel this is appropriate.

The way we feel about ourselves, and the way we think about the world, is initiated in our early years, and we often learn lessons which are inappropriate or unhelpful to us.

Through an understanding of WHAT we have learned, it becomes possible to assess the validity of our ‘learning’ and so to decide either to work with this conclusion, or to change it and so develop a different attitude to ourselves and to the world.

”..it has helped me to understand why I feel , think and behave the way I do and, more importantly, how I can change..”

Many ‘diagnoses’ (eg anorexia and bulimia, obsessional compulsive disorder, depression…even schizophrenia) can be symptoms of an underlying turmoil, unhappiness and wrong ‘ lessons’ learned.

In the unravelling and arriving at the source, we are enabled to eliminate the symptoms.

“I was ready to end it and now I want to live. Thank you for my future.”

My client feedback is enormously positive – many clients never having seen their early life as relevant to their current issues. This ‘unravelling’ and subsequent ‘ re-packaging’ of experience can thus be about life-long — and not temporary — change.

Even sceptical clients have found the experience to be a positive one!

“I had no idea what to expect from counselling but I never expected the journey I embarked on. You never allowed me to be without hope…I had to think of many sad and sometimes painful memories . I always felt I had the power and tools to deal with them.”

My About me page tells you more about my qualifications and experience.

Anxiety, stress and other areas I can help with:

  • Anger issues
  • Addictions — including drugs, alcohol, gambling
  • Compulsive hoarding
  • Depression self-harming
  • Eating disorders
  • Fear of flying
  • Obsessive compulsive behaviours
  • Phobias
  • Panic attacks
  • Post-traumatic stress

and issues arising from:

  • Bereavement
  • Abuse
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Loss of job

It may not seem possible that ‘just talking’ can have such a dramatic and beneficial effect – but it can!!

“..I am ready to live again, and take chances, for that I thank you. I do feel that you saved my life.”
“I can’t begin to thank you enough…not only did you help me through my darkest days, but with your support…made me into a stronger, happier person altogether.”
“Very good! After initial reservations, I was encouraged by the progress I feel I have made in understanding the causes of my condition and feel this understanding is helping me improve things already.”
“I have found my sessions to be invaluable.”
“The most effective help I have had in over 20 years of seeking counselling.”

Can I help you?

To contact me for more information or to make an appointment, call me on 01795 532366 or 07821404084, or email. Further details about the venue, fees etc. can be found on my Contact page.