Welcome to Counselling Nottingham

This is a private service run by Kat Sydenham-Young offering one to one, person-centred therapeutic counselling to adults and young people over the age of 12.  Kat has over 17 years’ experience of working with young people and adults experiencing difficulties.

The counselling room is discreetly located in a summer house in the garden to allow a peaceful and comfortable space.  Due to the location/layout of the setting, this can be accessed by people with some mobility difficulties, but the counselling room and toilet facilities are not fully wheelchair accessible.

I aim to offer a confidential and safe space for clients to discuss their day to day problems or issues from their past, including childhood trauma. I work from a Person-Centred Perspective.  This means that I do not give advice, diagnose or teaching techniques.  I believe that you are the best expert on yourself, so I aim to listen and talk through things with you for you to try and find your solutions and way forward.  The answers are there inside you – they just may be very confused, distorted or hidden now.

There is no set timescale or limit to sessions.  Some clients may find that only a very small number is enough, some may feel they need longer.  My approach is to work at the pace you feel comfortable with.  There is no expectation on if or when you want to cover certain issues, this is your choice and I respect the reasons for you holding back if you feel you need to.

I have over 17 years experience of directly working in residential childcare (children’s homes) with some of the most damaged young people in our society and have experience of working with adults and children with learning difficulties.  I trained towards a general therapeutic counselling qualification (rather than specialising in children) so that I could work with both adults and young people, however, 25% of my placement hours were carried out with young people.  I, therefore offer my service to both adults and young people, generally over the age of 12, so they can give informed consent around confidentiality

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Bereavement
  • Divorce and relationship breakdown
  • Post-natal depression
  • Substance misuse
  • Work-related issues and unemployment
  • Physical abuse and domestic violence
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Self-harm
  • Rape and sexual abuse
  • Gender dysphoria/identity issues



My current price for sessions is for £45 for 50 minutes but I am able to offer a discounted service to students or people on a low income, at a price of £35 per session.

Sessions generally take place on the same day and time on a weekly basis. 

The first session usually takes about 30 minutes and charge a reduced fee of £20.00 for this initial meeting.  This will cover assessment (to make sure this is the type of counselling that you want and that I can meet your needs) and agreements for our sessions.  You will also still probably be working out whether you feel I am the right counsellor for you.

I ask for prepayment of sessions, so this can be paid at the session beforehand or by bank transfer before the session takes place.  I require 48 hours notice for cancelled sessions, otherwise, I must charge the full price as I could have given this time to someone else.

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