Kym Winter provides AMEND's free and confidential counselling service for fully-registered patient members.
How can Counselling Help?
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 AMEND Counselling Service offers FREE and confidential telephone sessions with Kym to all fully-registered patient members of AMEND (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 occasion at AMEND events.
Kym also produced the following leaflets for AMEND on emotional well-being issues:
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Living With Uncertainty (552 KB)
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Dealing with Diagnosis (499 KB)
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. Read Kym's full biography here.
Contact is possible by email or telephone to members of AMEND. If you telephone, you may well get to my answer-phone in the first instance, but do please leave a message and also let me know you are calling via AMEND. I'll aim to return your contact within 48 hours, so if I haven't done so by then, please do call/email again.
Patient members outside of the UK should first contact Kym by email to arrange mutually convenient sessions in advance. Please bear time differences in mind.
7 Secrets to Living Well with MEN
Watch Kym's presentation on emotional wellbeing from AMEND's 2015 Annual Patient Information Day for lots of tips for coping with life with MEN.
AMEND's 2015 project aims to help people to develop strategies for coping with living with MEN (patients, carers and family members).
Podcasts to help you learn about and practice Mindfulness are available on our YouTube Channel (AMEND3).