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Katie Kacvinsky

About me

I offer an affordable therapy service in Carmarthen in English or in Welsh. I am also available for sessions in the Pontcanna area of Cardiff, by appointment, on Tuesdays, also in English or Welsh. 

I work with adults on a short or long term basis. It is my aim to provide you with a meaningful and effective opportunity to explore your personal & relational issues, where I will aim to facilitate, support and guide you without judgement or prejudice, in a safe and confidential environment in order to help you explore a range of personal and life issues.

I aim to treat, with respect, the diversity of human experience, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexuality, sexual orientation, disability, religion, culture or political beliefs, social and economic background, or immigration status.

My approach is primarily but not exclusively Gestalt, which focuses mainly on self-awareness and the 'here & now' - what is happening from one moment to the next, and guided by the relational theory principle that every individual is a whole - a mind, a body and a soul. The aim is to become more aware of who we are in the world, by seeing ourselves in relation to others. This increased self knowledge can enable us to understand our processes and so to make positive changes in our lives.

The therapeutic relationship, between you and I, is the most important feature of the therapy I provide.

I have completed four consecutive years of training on a Postgraduate Diploma (Masters level) in Gestalt Psychotherapy and am currently working towards full UKCP accreditation. I am registered with UKCP as a trainee member, receive regular clinical supervision and I abide by the Code of Ethics in Professional Practice of the Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership, which is consistent with the standards set by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

I have a background in television production, writing and lecturing.

To view this website in Welsh, click here.


 

The issues that lead people to seek therapy may be general or specific and could include:

•  Finding ways to better understand yourself;
•  Looking for more fulfilment in life;
•  Struggling with issues relating to relationships;
•  Experiencing stress or anxiety related to work or home life;
•  Having difficulty adjusting to traumatic life events;
•  A general sense of something "not being right".

Many people find therapy supportive, rewarding and life changing. Some people explore self-development issues, whilst others choose to explore historical issues that impede daily functioning. Others feel the benefit of simply having the opportunity to talk and to be properly heard.

Psychotherapy sessions are a safe place to talk about things you might not feel comfortable discussing with anyone else. The aim is to help you find better ways to cope, or to bring about changes in the way you think and behave, to improve your mental and emotional awareness & well-being, as well as your general quality of life.

We would normally commit to meet on a weekly basis for 6 sessions and then make a plan, based on what we have explored together and then review progress on a rolling basis. Weekly therapy attendance is very important to progress and a room is booked in advance for the session.

Fees are £30 - £35 per 50 minute session, dependent upon location - longer sessions can be agreed on request. Please get in touch to discuss what is bringing you in search of therapy and we can arrange an initial session at a time that suits you. If, after our meeting, you don't think that I'm the right therapist for you, I will offer to refer you to an alternative therapist and am happy to assist you through this process, as far as possible.

You are welcome to read my therapy agreement in advance - please click here for the pdf. For further thoughts and insights into who I am and how I work, please feel free to follow my Blog here.

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appointments

I currently have appointments available - days & times can be discussed and negotiated to suit your needs. Please feel free to contact me - you can call me for a conversation, send me a text message or e-mail, contact me via WhatsApp, fill in the contact form here or get in touch via social media if that's your preference - and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

I may not always be able to respond immediately but all messages will be answered, as soon as is possible - usually within a few hours and almost certainly on the same day. Generally, I am available for contact (arranging / rearranging sessions etc) between 10am - 7pm Monday to Friday and on Saturday mornings until midday.

Please note: I am not a 24hr crisis or emergency service.

If you need to speak to someone urgently, or outside of my hours, please contact your GP, NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90.

My therapy room is at the Alliance Therapy Centre, 24 King Street, Carmarthen which is conveniently located in the town centre, yet provides a discreet and easily accessible location for therapy. There is ample parking nearby in St Peter's car park, where parking costs just 50p for one hour and the T1 bus service stops within a short walking distance.

King Street has some unique & lovely coffee shops and places to eat, so if you want or need some quiet time to yourself, before or after your session, you'll find plenty of choice within less than a minutes' walk.

Unfortunately, there is no disabled access to my therapy room as it's on the 2nd floor - but please don't let that stop you from getting in touch. I'm always happy to explore and discuss alternative options, which might involve me visiting you in your own home, or conducting sessions via Skype, should you wish to do so.

Cardiff sessions are held in a ground floor, private therapy room, conveniently located near Llandaff Fields in the Pontcanna area, with ample nearby parking and public transport. For prices & arrangements for Cardiff sessions, please get in touch, in advance, for full details.

faq

What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a talking therapy which helps people to understand and change any conditions that cause distress in their lives. It can be beneficial for people with a recognised mental health condition as well as anyone interested in gaining greater self-awareness in order to fulfil their potential. Psychotherapy involves exploring feelings, beliefs, thoughts and relevant events, sometimes from childhood and personal history, in a structured way with someone trained to help you do it safely and effectively.
The process of therapy will involve the unexpected. You don’t know the answers. That’s why you are coming to therapy. Being prepared for this can make the surprises less disturbing.
 


How do I know if this therapy is right for me?

Research shows that successful therapy is highly dependent on the quality of the relationship between therapist and client. If at the end of our first session you feel we will not be able to work well together, there is no obligation to continue therapy with me.


How long do therapy sessions last?

Each therapy session lasts 50 minutes, although I can offer longer sessions on request. We would normally commit to meet on a weekly basis for 6 sessions and then make a plan, based on what we have explored together and then review progress on a rolling basis. Weekly therapy attendance is very important to progress and a room is booked in advance for the session.

Are sessions confidential?
The content of our sessions is confidential to you and me. The only time when this would not apply is in exceptional circumstances where there is a legal reason to break confidentiality if there is a risk to yourself or to others. Even in this situation, I would try to involve you in any decision to break confidentiality. We will fully discuss this during our first session together.


How much do sessions cost?
£30 - £35 per 50 minute session, dependant upon location.

How is your work supervised?
I receive regular clinical supervision from a senior clinical supervisor, who is responsible for reviewing my professional practice.

Do you comply with any recognised standards?
I abide by the Code of Ethics in Professional Practice of the Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership, which is consistent with the standards set by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

 

Privacy Policy & Data Protection
As a psychotherapist, confidentiality concerning your personal data and sensitive information is of the utmost importance to me. I am legally bound not only by the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), but also by the requirements of my professional indemnity insurance, and the standards of the UK Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP) and Welsh Psychotherapy Partnership (WPP) codes of ethics and professional practice. The information you provide on the contact form of this website is stored securely in order that I can contact you via the method (telephone numbers and/or email address) you have provided regarding appointments or to answer any query you have submitted. I do not share this information with any third party, in any way, at any time. This website does not use cookies to collect any personal information about you.

 

What if I have more questions?
If you have questions which have not been covered here, please feel free to contact me by phone, text, email or social media - or get in touch by filling in the form below.

 


 

get in touch


Damian George Psychotherapy


Alliance Therapy Centre
24 King Street
Carmarthen SA31 1BS


Phone/Text: 07572 67 50 90
E-mail:
damian@damiangeorge.co.uk