Serena Waite | Accredited Counsellor | Chatham | NCS

Serena Waite

Member Status: Accredited

Member No: NCS21-01775

Location: Chatham

I qualified in Humanistic Therapeutic counselling and Trauma Therapy and I work from my core Person Centred beliefs and trust in you having within you what it is you need to be all of who you truly are.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and also the National Counselling Society. I hold a basic DBS certificate and I undertake regular clinical supervision with a registered supervisor.

Fundamental to how I offer counselling is the provision of a safe, confidential and non judgemental space for you to explore any aspects of your life, your feelings, your thoughts, your relationships or experiences that you feel may be impacting or have impacted on your mental and physical well being and to work with you to find the best ways to support you in your exploration and to finding the best ways forward.

I believe that we all have within us what it is we need to live our lives to the full and that when we feel truly heard and accepted as we are, we are more empowered to being more of who we truly are and to living more of the lives that we truly want to live. I truly believe that for us to be in touch with our inner and outer experiences we need to experience a safe space free from judgement to hear them.

Underpinning my passion for my work are my personal experiences and my interests in ongoing research into the complexities of our mental health and how as humans we protect ourselves psychologically, emotionally and physically when we experience threat.

I value our whole being, our physical, emotional and psychological being and how we experience our relations with others and how we experience our environments and our circumstances and so fundamental to how I work is offering a space where we can work together to hear, recognise and value all of you.

I offer both long and short term counselling. The number of sessions available being open to negotiation as you may opt to have a set number of sessions or choose to leave it open.

I accept self referrals, professional and work place referrals.

If you have not experienced counselling before you may not know what to expect or what is expected.

Following your initial enquiry I will aim to respond to you within 24hours.

I offer a 30 minute free call to offer you information about my style of counselling and what I can offer; how I protect your privacy and to discuss what you may be hoping for from counselling for you to see if it is what you are looking for and how you feel talking with me. If you decide that you would like to proceed we can discuss whether you would like face to face, online or phone and book in an appointment. I will also ask to take some personal details and I will provide written details of our working agreement and my privacy policy for you to sign and keep a copy .

Exploring your life experiences, your relationships, your feelings and thoughts in counselling may at first feel difficult and may raise some painful feelings and thoughts, before you start to feel the benefits.

( For information on my privacy policy and how I protect your information please visit my website. )

  • Qualifications & Experience
    Diploma in Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling, ( CPCAB level 4)
    Diploma in Trauma Therapy Post Graduate level 7
    Certificate in Counselling Studies. (CPCAB level 3)
    Certificate in Counselling skills. (CPCAB level 2)
    Certificate in Understanding substance misuse (CPCAB level 2)
    Certificate in Trauma/ Neuroscience
    Certificate in Online and Telephone counselling ( Counselling Tutor)
    Certificate in Relationships/ Couples
    Certificate in understanding Bipolar
    Certificates in Anatomy & Physiology

    I also qualified and worked for 15 years in complementary therapies and although I no longer practice body treatments, my extensive work and research in this field has enriched my understanding of the impact on our physiology and mental health following trauma.

    Shorter courses ranging from 1 to 3 days and 10 days

    Working with suicide and self harm
    Suicide prevention and awareness training
    Childhood sexual abuse
    Trauma, PTSD & CPTSD
    Trauma memories, flashbacks, triggers
    Relational trauma
    Neuroscience, trauma and the body ( physiology of trauma)
    Working with shame
    Attachment styles and social engagement system
    Attachment & trauma
    Mental health and the body
    Understanding and using CBT
    Anxiety and Depression
    Online Therapy CPD training ( Telehealth for mental health)
    Moving to online practice ( Online Therapy institute )
    Social justice
    Internal Family systems
    Transgenerational trauma
    Vicarious trauma
    Difference and diversity
    Introduction to Person Centred Creative Arts
  • What I can help with
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Ageing and related issues
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Bullying
    • Carers
    • Depression
    • Eating disorders
    • Emotional issues
    • Family
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • Mindfulness
    • Panic attacks
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD
    • Relationships
    • Relaxation
    • Self-esteem
    • Self-harm
    • Stress
    • Suicidal feelings
    • Trauma
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