Virginia Griffin-Monk: Integrative Counsellor, DEAL, CT14 Folkestone, CT20
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Virginia Griffin-Monk

Integrative counsellor
DEAL CT14 , Folkestone CT20
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About Me

You might have been experiencing uncertainty, anxiety or low self-esteem. Your life experience, how you relate to yourself or others may be troubling you. There could be patterns in your behaviour which you feel impossible to change, history repeating itself, or you might feel trapped in a worksetting or relationship and want to affect changes. Possibly the ways that you have learned to see yourself and others are unhelpful.  You will gain the time and space to explore and understand yourself better, to reflect and gain insight. Perhaps you are looking for another way, to give yourself time and space to explore and understand yourself better, and how to respond in situations. You might be at a crossroads or transition in your life or have conflicted feelings.

Many young people are dealing with physical and emotional difficulties. You might have different demands from peers and parents, uncertainties about who you are and how you find your way in the future. You might feel frustrated, not fitting in, and want to feel better, like yourself again.

I know how difficult it can be to face and talk about life experience; you might fear being misunderstood, judged or feeling worse.  Clients from diverse traditions, experiences and beliefs have told me how counselling has enriched and supported them in their lives, opening up possibilities of hope and self-understanding, and a more accepting compassionate approach to yourself.

Are you feeling trapped in work, in your workplace relationship or with your family? Do you feel unable to express yourself in all areas of your life? Perhaps you lack the confidence to speak up or feel very self critical at time

Most of my working life has been in a personal development context; I enjoy working with people, to understand and develop their potential. During my time working as an English lecturer, I  began training in counselling. I was inspired by the person-centred approach and humanistic psychology and began my journey in counselling and psychotherapy. My first counselling work was with young people in a college (from 1991-2) and also in a youth agency (1992-97). Following this, I was a counsellor in a charity offering low cost counselling in a community centre( 2004-2007), a volunteer counsellor within Metanoia's Counselling and Psychotherapy Service( 2007-8) and an honorary psychotherapist at St Thomas's Adult Psychotherapy department(2008-10).

I have worked with people with wide-ranging concerns and experiences, including anxiety and depression as well as issues of relationship, identity and trauma. Working as a counsellor within an employee assistance programme (2004-2010), I offered telephone based, short-term counselling  and solution-focused brief therapy. Within my private practice (2013-20)I  worked within a holistic therapy centre in London and now work in Kent, since 2018.

My theoretical understanding is drawn from attachment, humanistic and relational perspectives which I use in relation to your experience. I believe that the relationship we develop is fundamental to counselling. Through our developing therapeutic relationship you may discover insights into how you relate, to yourself and others. I recognise the impact of traumatic experience from the past. I might explore with you how your patterns and past relationships may have shaped your experience in the present, or focus on the here and now. I recognise the important role of cultural, spiritual experience and beliefs. I value the individual’s search for meaning. I may use Mindfulness or art approaches in our work if this you are open to these. I have more recently been working with clients outdoors, walking by the sea. 

I bring warmth and openness to my work, seeking to create a trusting relationship. I am flexible and empathic, working to develop understanding and insight to enable self-acceptance.

I hope to hear from you to arrange an initial session.






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First Practice
Griffin-Monk Counselling
Golf Road Centre
CT14 6PY

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Second Practice
at Core Therapies
74 Tontine Street
CT20 1JP

Issues often worked with

Childhood difficulties
Cultural issues
Emotional abuse
Family issues
Interpersonal relationships

Therapy offered

In person
By phone
On video

Client groups



£50.00 per  50 minute session.  ( Concessionary fees are possible, to be discussed)

Training and qualifications

Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Interpersonal Skills,  University of London, Institute of Education, !991

Post graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychological Studies , Metanoia Institute and Middlesex University, 2012

BA Joint Honours English and Psychology, University of Keele, 1976  

Verified professional membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy