Diving into the Deep

I work with individuals experiencing a range of difficulties over both the long and short term.

I employ an integrative therapeutic style, collaboratively working with you to tailor my approach to your particular needs. I draw on a diversity of psychological approaches including humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and systemic.

My approach to my client work has been developed through extensive experience working in the NHS, mental health charity, private sector and workplace settings.

I hold a professional doctorate in Counselling Psychology and I am registered with the Health Care Professional Council and the British Psychological Society.

Issues that clients bring to therapy include:

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Stress

  • Work-related stress & burnout

  • Depression

  • Work and performance problems

  • Relationship and marital difficulties

  • Problematic patterns in relationships

  • Parenting challenges

  • Life adjustment issues e.g. separation, loss, change, bereavement

  • Low self-esteem

  • Meaning, spirituality and identity

  • Eating disorders

  • Personality disorders

Underlying principles

I draw on some underlying principles and dialectical tensions to inform my therapeutic work.

Get Better and Stay Better

I seek to find a balance between recognising your natural desire for swift symptom relief with exploring the deeper issues that underlie the development of the symptoms in order to foster long-term wellbeing.

Grow all your Relationships

The therapeutic relationship is a vitally important route to change within therapy. However I also explicitly seek to mature your ‘real’ relationships, so life is really lived differently.

Integrate your Life

We tend to repeat our patterns of behaviour, roles and relationship dynamics at both work and home. And each sphere reciprocally influences the other. I draw on the breadth of your life experiences to help you gain meaningful insight to guide change.

Thinking vs Feeling

Maturity in both cognitive and emotional processing are vital elements of psychological well-being and health. We tend to favour, and therefore be stronger in one element or the other. I will work with you to strengthen both elements.

Anxiety as Marmite

Love it or hate it, anxiety is everywhere. It is often the motivation that gets us into therapy in the first place, but it can also paralyse us. I aim to create a secure base within the therapeutic relationship from which to give you the courage to step out of your comfort zone and face your anxieties.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long are counselling sessions?
Sessions are 50 minutes in length.

Where do sessions take place?

I have a Harley Street Practice and a Surbiton Practice.

The Harley Street Practice is based at Cognacity, 54 Harley Street, London W1G 9PZ.
The Surbiton Practice is based on Beresford Avenue, Surbiton, KT5.

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Do you offer remote sessions?
I offer remote sessions via Skype/Zoom or telephone at both my Harley Street Practice and the Surbiton Practice.

How often do sessions take place?
Typically, sessions take place on a weekly basis, on the same day of the week and at the same time.

How much do you charge?
The fee at the Harley Street Practice is £215 per session.
The fee at the Surbiton Practice is £100 per session.

Payment is also available via insurance (Vitality Health, Cigna, Aviva, AXA, WPA).
The Surbiton Practice also accepts payment via Nuffield Health.   

What happens first?
Your first session is an opportunity for you to tell me what you would like to work on or wish to explore. It will also help you get a sense of what therapy with me will be like. By the end of the first session we will have worked together to identify the focus of the work, begun to formulate what the underlying issues are and agree a contract for working together.

How many sessions will I need?
It may be that brief therapy with a solution-focused approach will be suitable for you, particularly if you have a specific short-term issue. However, it could be that you would prefer to leave it open-ended for longer-term work. Both options can be discussed in your first session. Either way, we will review our work together after an agreed period to see where you are and go from there.

What to do next?

Harley Street therapy sessions are booked directly with Cognacity. To book your first session please ring 020 3219 3080 or email enquiries@cognacity.co.uk.

Surbiton therapy sessions are booked directly with me. If you have any questions or would like to book your first session please email me at drkathrynkissell@gmail.com or complete the enquiry form.

Please note that I have a one-site client policy. This means that the Practice through which you make contact with me is the location where therapy is undertaken. I do not switch Practice location with a client after therapy has commenced.

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“Out of the four experiences with talking therapy, this has been the best and most helpful. Never felt pressured or rushed. A fantastic help across all issues of my life.“

“My sessions with Kathryn have been invaluable and I am very grateful for her time, expertise, help and professionalism.”

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