Life. No matter who you are, sometimes it can feel overwhelming.
Everyone struggles with life's complexities at times (even if they don’t tell you), and sometimes we all need help to deal with what’s going on and move forward.
If you’re on this page, you’re probably experiencing a difficult time at the moment, or know someone who is, and are considering counselling.
Counselling, or talking therapy as it is also known, aims to help you to deal with doubts, negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and the experiences which may have led to them, so you can start to feel better and enjoy a better quality of life.
A wide variety of things might make you consider counselling. You or someone close to you might have had a life-changing experience, such as a bereavement, illness, becoming disabled, getting divorced or being made redundant. You might be experiencing stress at work (or school or college), relationship problems, debt or financial difficulties, bullying, have issues with body image and eating disorders or be struggling with your sexuality. You might feel conflicted about your own actions and behaviour and want help to change. It could be something from your past which you need help to overcome.
It might not be any of the above. You might not even know what’s wrong, just that something is.
For both young people and adults talking to a professional can help. A confidential 50-minute face-to-face counselling session costs just £35.
Common issues we can help with
Separation and divorce
How we work
We use what’s known as a humanistic or “person centred” approach, looking not just at the feelings you’re experiencing, but at you as a whole person – who you are, your relationship with yourself and your relationships with others, your past and your plans for the future. Rather than considering the difficulties you’re having in isolation, this approach is designed to help you gain a better understanding of yourself, your potential and how you relate to the world.
The counselling we offer is very much designed to suit you as an individual and normally happens through face-to-face sessions with your therapist. It can be short-term with a fixed number of sessions, or long-term and open-ended. It’s all completely your choice.
There are no hidden costs, you simply pay £35 for each 50-minute session.We also offer an 8-week intensive programme with 10 sessions using the Bruges Model, costing £575.
...what's right for you
The first session will always be a free 30-minute session where you can talk about what you want from counselling, ask questions and decide if the therapist in front of you is a person who you are completely comfortable with, can trust and be open with. Choosing the right therapist is extremely important. If you choose to go ahead, we normally recommend 50-minute sessions weekly and your counsellor will book your first appointment.
All sessions are completely confidential.
Making therapy affordable
At A THERAPY we believe very strongly that counselling should be both affordable and accessible for everyone. Our approach reflects that.
A 50-minute session costs just £35. Choose a fixed number of sessions, or a more long-term and open-ended approach depending on your needs - and daytime, evening or weekend appointments to fit around work and family commitments.
Our counsellors are fully insured, work within the BACP Ethical Framework and undertake ongoing professional training and in line with BACP guidelines, attend regular sessions with a BACP-accredited supervisor to ensure the highest standards of care.
My name is Rafael Dupré (B.Sc.) I have been a counsellor for 12 years, helping a wide range of people to understand different aspects of their lives, their own behaviour and the issues that are preventing them from enjoying life to the full. I mainly work with adults, but also have extensive experience working with teenagers and young people, either individually or as a family group. In total I have spent over 15 years working in the broader mental health arena, in addition to being a qualified teacher registered with NCTL (formerly the General Teaching Council of England).
I do not limit my counselling practice to any one specialist area and can help clients explore both general and specific problems. However, I do have particular experience in working with depression, low self confidence or low self esteem, stress related issues, bereavement and adjustment disorders (difficulty coping with something that has happened to you), broader mental health issues, substance abuse, sexual abuse, sexuality and LGBT issues, behavioural problems and attachment disorders (difficulty connecting with others).I hold current enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) certificates which allow me to work with both minors and vulnerable adults.
I am undertaking ongoing professional training with the Kent and Medway NHS Social Care and Partnership Trust and am a student member of BACP.
Monday to Friday8am - 8pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm Sunday9am - 4pm
01580 445 005
Our practices are located in Benenden and a short walk from Tenterden town centre, both easily accessible by public transport. There is parking nearby. We can also arrange appointments in Cranbrook and Ashford.
Specialists in counselling forteenagers as well as adults.