“I believe that the need for therapy arises when life appears to be out of balance. People actively seek to increase personal satisfaction in their lives. They may look for support with a specific issue, want personal growth, or wish to engage in a deeper relationship with themselves and others. I am confident that constructive, structured and uncomplicated talking therapy can help.” Kelly Garrett
Kelly’s approach to therapy
Kelly Garrett is Clinical Director of The Awareness Centre. She is also a qualified psychotherapist, counsellor and clinical Supervisor, specialising in the areas of depression, anxiety, trauma and relationships.
Kelly has several years’ experience working with a wide range of psychological, emotional and mental health problems. She is also a certified coach and has extensive experience working in corporate environments.
Kelly is an integrative practitioner, which means that she has combined many theories of thought and has found her own style of working as a therapist.
Kelly works in private practice with individuals and couples in Clapham, South London.
Her approach is to initially meet clients for an assessment and if both agree to work together, she will offer the client a further 5 sessions. After the initial six sessions, there is a discussion to review the process of the work and to decide if therapy will continue into longer-term work. Kelly works with both short-term and long-term therapy, and can work in English, Spanish or Turkish.
Kelly Garrett – training and accreditation
Kelly’s training has been in existential theory, cognitive behavioural therapy and psychodynamic practice – and has a great interest in John Bowlby’s theory of attachment, separation and loss.
- Diploma in psychotherapy from The New School of Counselling & Psychotherapy.
- Master’s Degree in Existential Psychotherapy & Counselling.
- Postgraduate diploma in couples counselling and relationship therapy from The Terence Higgins Trust.
- Imago Relationship workshop from CPPD.
- Postgraduate diploma in clinical supervision from the Grove Practice at Regents College.
- Diploma in trauma therapy from the NAOS Institute.
- UKCP Registered (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy).
- MBACP (Member, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
Kelly’s initial experience began at MIND, a leading mental health charity in Greenwich, offering individual psychotherapy. Kelly expanded her skill-set by working at The Terence Higgins Trust, where she worked extensively with clients affected both directly and indirectly by HIV. She later joined the team at the South London & Maudsley NHS Trust (SLAM), St. Thomas’s Hospital in Westminster. Throughout this time, Kelly has maintained a private practice.
For people who have gone through a traumatic experience, and who are struggling with upsetting emotions, frightening memories, or a sense of constant danger. Trauma is often the result of an overwhelming amount of stress that exceeds one’s ability to cope or to integrate the emotions involved with that experience. People can feel numb, disconnected, and unable to trust others. When bad things happen, it can take a while to get over the pain and feel safe again. Kelly offers support to explore ways to manage and cope with those feelings. Whether the traumatic event happened years ago or yesterday, the work helps clients to heal and move on.
Kelly was born in London, but moved to Orange County, California, in her teens where she finished school and completed her first degree in Latin American Studies. Her interest in languages inspired her to learn Spanish and she later went on to learn Turkish. This eventually led to her accompanying Sultan Kosen, the Tallest Man in the World, to over 15 countries as his relationship manager. Kelly was also featured in the Discovery documentary, ‘The Tallest man in the world, looking for love’ that aired on Channel 4 in 2011. Her earlier career included working in the media industry as a Human Resources specialist.
Kelly’s interest in psychotherapy began many years ago when she embarked on a philosophical journey of self-discovery to gain a better understanding of herself and life. Her interest developed into the works of existential thinkers Friedrich Nietzsche and Jean Paul Sartre. This led to Kelly training as a psychotherapist.
Kelly is an avid yoga practitioner, practising up to 4 times a week. Kelly believes that her practise has allowed her to develop strong mental and physical strength, clarity of thought and a renewed sense of being.
- Therapy – Individuals. 50mins. £70
- Therapy – Couples. 50mins. £80
- Private Healthcare (Kelly is a registered provider for Aviva, Cigna, Vitality Health and WPA) – 50mins. £130
Kelly Garrett works with associates at The Awareness Centre (TAC) and if her practice is full then she will refer you to see one of the therapists who work in private practice at The Awareness Centre. Fees £70-£130.