• Life. No matter who you are, sometimes it can feel overwhelming.

  • And sometimes we all need a little help to deal with what’s going on and move forward.

  • Counselling in Tenterden - Benenden
    RAFAËL DUPRÉ
    – counsellor –


    Specialist help for both young people and adults.

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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 starts at just £35 and can help you tackle a wide range of issues.
  • Intro

    ABOUT ME

    My name is Rafael Dupré (B.Sc.) and I have been a counsellor for 12 years, first in my native Belgium but more recently dividing my time between the UK, with practices in London and rural Kent, and Bali, Indonesia. I specialise in general counselling and effective short-term counselling and have spent over 15 years working in the broader mental health arena, in addition to being a qualified teacher.
    My approach is to make counselling less flowery and centred around achieving ‘happiness’ and instead focus on a pragmatic yet sympathetic approaches to tackling issues without spending a lifetime in therapy. I challenge my clients, I encourage them to see straight to the heart of the problem. And from there we work on relevant, achievable, realistic solutions.

  • My name is Rafael Dupré (B.Sc.) I have been a counsellor for 12 years, first in my native Belgium but more recently dividing my time between the UK, with practices in London and rural Kent, and Bali, Indonesia, focussing on general counselling and effective short-term counselling. I have spent over 15 years working in the broader mental health arena, in addition to being a qualified teacher registered with the General Teaching Council of England.

    My approach is to make counselling less flowery and focussed around ‘happiness’ and instead focus on a pragmatic approaches to tackling issues without committing to a lifetime in therapy. I challenge my clients, I encourage them to see straight to the heart of the problem. And from there we work on relevant, achievable, realistic solutions.

    In addition to my ongoing professional development, I have completed additional courses in contextual therapy, family therapy, working with victims of (sexual) abuse, addiction (sex, substances, pornography), attachment related difficulties and relational issues. I 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) and relational issues.

    As well as holding current enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) certificates which allow me to work with both minors and vulnerable adults I am a student member of BACP, fully insured, work within the BACP Ethical Framework, undertake ongoing professional training and in line with BACP guidelines, attend regular sessions with a BACP-accredited supervisor to ensure consistently high standards of care.

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  • I work with young people and families on a range of issues.

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  • Separation and divorce
    Adoption issues
    Attachment disorders
    Child-related issues
    Domestic violence
    Bereavement
    Betrayal

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  • Work-related stress
    Depression
    Low self-confidence
    Low self-esteem
    Bullying
    Anxiety
    Trauma
    Self harm
    Post-natal depression

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  • Commitment issues
    Impotence
    Transgender
    Fetish
    Sexual abuse
    Sex addiction
    Porn addiction

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  • Managing your anger
    Aggression
    Addiction
    Domestic violence

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How it works

Free assessment

It all starts with a free 50-minute assessment 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.

You choose...

If you decide to go ahead then we agree one of the following options…

– a fixed number of sessions
– open-ended counselling, with no time limit
– intensive effective short-term therapy (see below)

In certain circumstances I can also arrange sessions over Skype.

Click here to view my rates.

My approach

I use what is known as an ‘Integrative’ 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 – using different models of counselling- is designed to help you gain a better understanding of yourself, your potential and how you relate to the world.

Effective short-term therapy

I specialise in the Bruges Model of intensive and effective short-term counselling to offer time-limited therapy specifically designed to help individuals achieve life-changing results over the course of eight weeks or less.

It’s not a magic bullet, there are no guarantees. Instead it draws on many different aspects of ‘traditional’ counselling, but makes the counsellor more active in the process, acting as a catalyst to help you quickly and comprehensively understand your underlying issues and then swiftly develop effective strategies to overcome any difficulties.

Intensive counselling is especially suited to those who have a pressing need to tackle their mental health and wellbeing, for example to facilitate professional development, to deal with pivotal moments in a relationship or to curb destructive behaviours.

In multi-issue situations, time-limited counselling is still relevant as it helps to prioritise the key issues and triggers and deal with those first, before deciding whether to go on to follow up sessions which are deliberately shorter and conducted by telephone or Skype to provide optimum support whilst also encouraging clients to think and act independently. The primary objective is to ensure that clients spend less time ‘in therapy’ and more time implementing strategies to change their lives.

A course of 10 intensive sessions over 8 weeks costs £745 for appointments in Kent or via Skype and £1050 in London.

My rates


£35 per hour

if your household income is less than £50k per year

£65 per hour

normal rate
for appointments in Kent

10% discount

on normal rate
for sessions via Skype

10 sessions

Effective short-term counselling.
10 sessions over 8 weeks. £745