Hello, my name is Elaine Brown BSc (hons) and I’m a fully qualified Counsellor based at CBT & Counselling Deal and Canterbury. I am a member of the ‘British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’ (BACP) and an accredited member of the ‘National Counselling Society’ (NCS).
In 2008 I graduated from my honour’s degree in ‘Social Sciences with Geography and Politics with a Human Geography theme’. I then worked overseas for some time before returning to the UK. In 2015, I became a fully qualified ‘Relate’ trained counsellor working with adults’ individuals, couples and young people age 13+.
I embrace both psychodynamic and systemic perspectives, alongside using the practical tools of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help you move forward. This means I take an ‘integrative approach’ to therapy, because I take the take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each person in all situations. Therefore, my counselling techniques are tailored to suit your individual needs and personal circumstances.
I like to think that I am friendly, approachable and kind individual and provide a comfortable, safe, non-judgemental and supportive space. A space where you will hopefully feel comfortable enough to be able to talk and share your feelings with me.
At CBT and Counselling Deal provide counselling for anxiety, counselling for depression. Anger management or relationship issues, to name but a few.
I have many years’ experience with a variety of unique individuals – from age 11 years old to 90 years young. This has enabled me to have a greater understanding of the impact that ‘systems’ have on us throughout our lives.
Wherever and however we live in the world these systems include: –
The Family Systems and networks of our original care providers, in whatever form that may be. Including same gender or extended families. Carers, foster or adopted families
The education system – our schooling, college or university.
Our working environment
Our current family life and friends that we choose to call family
All of these factors have a significant impact on our lives, mental health and well-being – both good and sometimes sadly – not so good.
It really does feel good to talk. and to be able to share your feelings and to have someone ensure you feel heard and understood is extremely beneficial to our mental wellbeing. My role as your therapist is to ensure that you feel supported, so you are able to bring about the changes you are looking for.
Young people today face lots of different challenges. From anxiety about their relationships with their peers, to worrying about what people think of them. Through to bullying in the school space or on social media and/or difficulties at home.
My experience working with young people began as ‘Connexions’ young person advisor as well as a part time as a ‘Student Support & Wellbeing Advisor’ in a University. During my work as a ‘Relate’ counsellor I have supported young people in secondary schools as well as seeing young people at the Relate centre.
It would be a privilege for me to be able to provide a space where maybe, for the first time, a young person feels heard, listened to and supported, without fear of being judged. Depending on their age and understanding, I provide different techniques that will lead to them feeling less confused and more empowered, so they are able to move forward in a positive way.
I subscribe to and work within the NCS code of practice and BACP ethical framework. Alongside undertaking regular professional development and clinical supervision. I have professional indemnity insurance.
If you would like to book an appointment to see Elaine at either CBT and Counselling Deal or Canterbury. Then please contact her via CBT and Counselling Kent today. Request an appointment with Elaine