Living with any on-going health condition is challenging, whether you’re newly diagnosed, ‘had it for ages’, or if it’s someone you know who has the condition. Any on-going condition has its ups and downs: sometimes it’s more in the background and sometimes it’s more ‘in your face’. Often, talking to family members or friends can feel very supportive, but sometimes the thoughts, feelings or situations you are experiencing might feel complicated, confusing or difficult to talk to them about. That’s when it can feel helpful to talk to someone who has been trained to help you express and explore your thoughts and feelings from a more neutral position.
Sometimes, just one session will be enough. Sometimes several sessions over a few weeks is useful in helping you understand and manage difficult feelings, choices and experiences.
The ACC Support Counselling Service offers FREE and confidential telephone sessions with Kym to all fully-registered patient members of ACC Support UK (aged 18 and over), including help to access face-to-face counselling in your local area if appropriate. Pre-bookable face-to-face counselling with Kym may also be available on occasional at ACC Support UK events.
Kym is also producing a series of leaflets for AMEND on emotional well-being issues – coming to this site soon
I am a trained and experienced counsellor and psychoanalytic psychotherapist with over 15 years experience having worked in a variety of settings including the NHS, higher education and for charities. My first background is in psychology, before going on to train as a counsellor and psychotherapist. I am registered with the UKCP and now work primarily as a counselling trainer, supervisor and therapist in private practice in St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK.
Contact details for this service are provided on registration.
To help people to develop strategies for coping with living with conditions like ACC, AMEND produced publicly available podcasts and and introductory video about Mindfulness.
Patients, carers and family members affected by ACC can access these via the AMEND YouTube Channel (AMEND3)
Below are other possible sources of help available in the UK and internationally: