Happiness is an

Inside Job

How Can I help?

I understand that making a decision to see a counsellor can be daunting, especially if you don’t know how or where to start or even why you are feeling this way. You might be thinking that counselling is a last resort option and that your problems don’t warrant talking to a therapist about. Finding the right counsellor for you is so important as being able to connect with someone can really help you feel more at ease in order to share what is on your mind. I have written a blog about this very subject as I feel this is key to getting successful therapy. You can read it here.

Maybe you are everyone else’s go-to person in a crisis and you don’t like to burden others with your problems and want to work through something on your own. Sometimes things happen to us in life that can deeply affect us for whatever reason and make it difficult to open up to friends and family members about our problems. As a result, we may not be able to make sense of our behaviours and emotions on our own.

Sometimes we cannot hear our own voice within the noise of our lives!

Sitting on worries and holding in feelings can take its toll on the best of us at any age. This can affect both our mental and physical well being.

By talking to someone that you don’t know and who isn’t connected to you, your friends or family, can give you real, genuine space to talk without judgement or expectation. Having conversations with friends and family is great and is obviously encouraged, but the difference with counselling is that it is all about you!

A complete hour solely focused on how life feels for you and what you would like to change. Now doesn’t that sound great??

 

This is your time for investing in personal development and growth.

Get in touch and let me help you discover your needs

and learn how to move forward in your life.

What others have to say

All client feedback shared with permission

"I didn’t know what to expect when I went to my first session but very surprised how much counselling has helped me after more sessions. Would highly recommend Kat to anyone seeking counselling."

"I didn't really know how i felt, until I said it all out loud. Thank you for helping me do this. I wish I had come to see you sooner!"

“You have helped me restore my knowledge in who I am, my sense of calm and determination. Thank you”

“I came to see Kat at one of the lowest periods of my life I was completely traumatised by personal events, unable to focus on work and really had no idea how to address the issues that were impacting on my well-being.


Kat provided me with a safe place to talk about my problems, she helped me discover “problem solving techniques” and understand that I cannot always solve everybody else’s problems. Most importantly I’ve learnt to love me and remember to “put me first” at times! “

 

"I was so nervous about talking to someone I did'nt now, but you made me feel so at ease. I'm so glad I walked through your door!"

Amazing service, Kat is brilliant :)
Shes got me through some of the toughest times of my life.
Highly HIGHLY recommend her.

Kat is awesome and I highly recommend her. She makes you feel at ease. She is obviously very experienced and that is extremely beneficial. Thank you!

 

About Kat Quinn

Hi , I'm Kat and I work with people just like you that are looking for someone to talk to in confidence.

I have always been curious about the human mind, what makes us tick and why we think or behave in certain ways. After studying for a degree in Psychology and it sparking an even deeper curiosity within me, I knew it was time to look at how I could really help others in need. A dear friend of mine asked me a question once which has never left me. They said: "Why don't you become a counsellor? You're so easy to talk to and you just 'get it'". As cliché as it sounds, the rest is history. I looked at the next counselling course available in my area and enrolled. That was the easy part.

 

During training to be a counsellor, I went through my own personal issues including a long-term relationship break-up which led me through a time where I had to re-evaluate who I really was as a person. Counselling helped me to do this. Sitting on the other side of the room as the client for my own personal therapy was transformational. I was given the space to throw absolutely everything out there... to give it an airing... to beat the pain out of areas of my life that I had held inside for so long and space to be able to rebuild my life back up in the way that I felt more in control and self aware.

 

To be a counsellor, the fundemental basis is that you are able to relate, understand and to be able to connect with the other person's emotional experience in a non-judgmental way. More importantly, to really care about helping others through difficult times, which I can genuinely  say that I do with all of my clients. Because of my own history and what my fabulous counsellor was able to give me, I want to be able to give back that experience to those that need a helping hand through their problems and to work along side those that are ready to transform their own lives.

If you would like to start your own personal counselling journey but have some questions still on your mind, I have compiled a "FAQ" page that may answer some of those questions. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to ask any further information. Below, are my qualifications, experience and any further training that I have taken or am currently taking for your information.

Qualifications, Professional Development and Registration Membership Information

  • I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (MNCS Accred.) which means I am fully qualified to work as a counsellor and appear on a register of qualified counsellors as set by the Professional Standards Agency.

  • As a member of the NCS, I am required to fulfil at least 30 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) a year and a minimum of 1.5 hours Supervision per month

  • I follow the NCS Ethical Framework which can be found here

  • I am covered by Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance

  • I hold a full DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service)

  • I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) to be able to hold personal and sensitive data in relation to the GDPR guidelines (eg data protection) 

Qualifications:

  • Bsc Psychology (Hons) 2:1

  • Foundation Degree in Counselling

  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

  • BACP Certificate of Proficency

  • Level 6: Cognitive Psychology

  • Level 6: Social Psychology

  • Level 5: Child Development

  • Level 5: Counselling: Fear and Sadness

  • Level 5: Exploring Psychology

  • Level 4: Introduction to the Social Sciences

  • Level 4: Introduction to Counselling

Current training:

  • Certificate in Mindfulness (School of Psychology)

  • Diploma in Transpersonal Psychology (Centre of Excellence)

  • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Although my theraputic approach is mainly Person Centred I also work within other types of modalities where intuitively necessary, such as

  • NLP (neuro-linguistic programming)

  • Mindfulness

  • Inner Child therapy

  • Transactional Analysis

CPD, Additional Training & Experience

  • Aspergers and Austism Counsellor at a local Worcestershire charity

  • Woman’s Aid CRUSH Facilitator Trained (domestic abuse groups for 13-19 year olds)

  • Previously a Mental Health and Learning Difficulties Support Worker

  • Founded a successful local Community Centre Counselling Agency in Redditch

  • Disassociation Identity Disorder (DID) training days (Trauma and the Brain, Disorganised Attachment, DID Fundementals), Trauma and the Body, Working with Self Harm and Suicide.

  • Enabling Children to speak about feelings through Sandplay therapy

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Legal issues working with Children and Young People

  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse (West Mercia)

  • Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice (IBA)

  • Youth Offenders Mentoring Training

  • NHS Sexual Health and Relationship Workshop

  • Safeguarding Children: Abuse and Neglect

  • SOVA Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults

  • Worcester County Council: Safeguarding Training

  • Understanding Behaviour that Challenges

  • Professional Boundaries

Want to book a session?

Please visit the FAQ section to find out more about Quintessence Counselling

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In Summary:
Why choose Person Centred Counselling?

Acceptance, Understanding, Authentic & Genuine

The Person Centred Approach is most helpful for :

  • Helping you reconnect with your inner self without the influence of others

  • Assisting in exploration of your feelings

  • Helping you cope better with day-today stresses

  • Addressing patterns of thinking and understanding and changing your inner critical voice

  • Facilitating in discovering your true and best potential

  • Creating a safe space in which you are encouraged to be open and honest with the areas in which you can change

  • Helping you recognise your own strength, explore your identity and what it means to be you

  • Allowing you feel heard and understood

  • Those who wish to explore their thoughts and feelings

  • Those who calue personal responsibility

  • Those that may have important decisions to make and need time and space to do so

It is less helpful for those:

  • Seeking direct advice, diagnosis or psychological analysis

Why?

  • Therapy focuses on your feelings and not those of the counsellor

  • Encourages independance, self-growth and healing.

Possible Outcomes:

  • A deeper awareness and understanding of thoughts, feelings and patterns of behaviours

  • Improved self expression

  • Less guilt, shame and feelings of insecurity

  • Process past trauma or feelings of loss

  • Healthier relationships with self and others

  • Feeling of empowerment and more in control of situations

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