About Us

We are a community counselling service, based in Gravesend, Kent, offering counselling to individuals and couples. All our counsellors hold professional qualifications and are registered with national accrediting bodies, such as the BACP or ACC.

Something that makes us different to many other counselling services is that all our counsellors are Christians who have experience of working with issues relating to spirituality.

Our counselling service is not just for Christians. Counselling is open to all – church members, those from other churches, people of other faiths and those with no faith. We are motivated by our faith to provide a professional, ethical service to the whole community.

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Our Counsellors

Kate Mendez

Head of Counselling
MBACP (Reg), MSc Therapeutic counselling, BA (hons).

As an integrative therapist, I incorporate various counselling models and techniques when working with clients, responding to individual needs and personal circumstances. My aim is to connect with every client in a non judgemental and accepting way.

I believe we are all created for relationship and am privileged to experience the healing potential of human relationships in the counselling room. I love seeing people encounter freedom from behaviours and thoughts that have limited their becoming who they truly are. Some of the approaches I find particularly helpful are mindfulness, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), creative counselling, and Transactional Analysis.

Before training as a counsellor, I worked in international aid and mission work and human rights advocacy. I have lived and worked overseas and so I enjoy working with those who are dealing with cross cultural issues. I also have a particular interest in supporting people with autism and their families/carers. In my spare time I have three children who keep me busy and I enjoy being outdoors walking, gardening or riding my bike.

In addition to my work at Eastgate I have worked in a university student counselling service, as a counsellor for a specialist autism charity, for the charity Mind. I also have a private practice.

Lesley O’Connor

Counsellor for individuals and couples.
MBCAP Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

I am an integrative counsellor working alongside clients in areas such as stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and changes in life circumstances, bereavement, eating disorders and couples counselling.

I provide a safe, non judgmental space for clients to be heard where they can explore overwhelming feelings, thoughts and unhelpful behaviours. To enable personal growth in awareness and resilience, while supporting them emotionally in their choices to make changes that will help develop increased life skills and more helpful behaviours.

I was initially introduced to counselling when I took over a LighterLife franchise, supporting clients with weight management issues. I was trained to facilitate group work using counselling tools and I realised the clients changed more as they grew in understanding, awareness and developed better self worth than just by loosing the weight.

I addition to working at Eastgate, I have been a volunteer counsellor at a counselling service in Essex for nearly five years. I also have a private practice. I am a member of Deep Release which focuses on creative counselling methods and I am also a member of the Association of Christian Counsellors.

Mei Choate

Counsellor.
PhD, MACC-Accred, MBACP, Dip Couns.

I have lived and worked in the multi-cultural Far East before coming to the UK, rubbing shoulders with people from diverse cultures and social backgrounds. I’ve faced poverty, loneliness, anxiety, and depression – and can relate with clients going through similar transitions. The good news is that it is possible to overcome these hurdles and get to that better place where you can find yourself and live out of the values you hold dear.

In counselling I work within an integrative (holistic) framework – using what is most relevant to your unique needs. Such as: CBT, Psychodynamic, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and techniques specific for resolving trauma. The seeds of our present distress are often sown in the past, and this may be taken into account, if relevant. I am also trained in Christian ministry, yet happy to counsel people of all faiths or none.

I have helped clients with anxiety, depression, bereavement / loss, panic attacks, OCD, assertiveness, relationship difficulties, cultural transitions, trauma and PTSD.

I am an accredited counsellor with the ACC, and registered with the BACP. My counselling experience includes over 2 years working within the NHS and a hospice.

Tracy Jarvis

Level 6 BA (Hons) Counselling,
ACC Registered Counsellor Member,
MBACP (Reg)

I am an integrative counsellor which means that I use a variety of counselling models dependent on the needs of the individual client.

I trained at Waverley Abbey College which is part of the CWR organisation. The syllabus is grounded in the Christian faith and in addition to secular counselling training provides specific training for helping people with faith and spiritual issues. I believe that all people, those with a faith and those who do not profess a faith have a spiritual life; something that gives their life meaning and purpose. I love to work with people of all faiths and no faith to help them find their meaning and purpose in life and to live it out.

I have experience in working with carers, people with life limiting conditions and people experiencing complex bereavement. I also have a specific interest in working with trauma and workplace stress. I worked in the Public Sector for 30 years before training as a counsellor. As well as talking therapy I often use creative ways to help people express difficult emotions.

I have worked at a hospice and as well as working in the Transformation Centre I run a private practice at home with the help of my dog who often sits with clients during sessions.