About Me

Hi my name is Kim Lennard.  I am a qualified Holistic and Integrative Counsellor and registered member of BACP

I decided some years ago to have counselling and whilst I had experienced counselling in the past I never really felt I got much from it.  Old habits would return and situations continued to remain challenging for me. However, back in 2008 I found The Reach Approach.

The Reach Approach made so much sense to me in many different ways and I can honestly say it changed my life.  The investment I made in my self-development and personal growth has been fundamental to my progress.  The journey I took has offered me solutions that last – for the first time I felt in control of my own life.  Due to this experience of counselling I decided it was a career I wanted to pursue.

I was working in HR management in the public sector and also, after my training, began working as a counsellor within the voluntary and private sectors. As a result I have a broad understanding and awareness of the challenges in the workplace; high workloads, deadlines, time constraints and politics – and I appreciate how these experiences can affect our health and wellbeing.

As a manager I worked with senior managers, using my knowledge, empathy and negotiating skills to deal with many challenging situations. I coached line managers, sat on promotion panels, conducted interviews as well as disciplinaries and also assisted with a full-scale redundancy programme. I was also involved in project work and supported an organisation with pulling together a collaboration programme.

When I changed career these experiences enabled me to see first-hand the impact organisational decisions have on people.  My work history definitely helps me in the counselling room.

Since becoming a counsellor I have experience of working with a cancer charity – working with those diagnosed with the condition as well as family and friends, tending to their needs.  I also have worked with clients in a hospice setting offering bereavement counselling and more recently have worked with clients in the public sector in Occupational Health.

My passion for mental health goes back many years and so for me there is no greater privilege than walking alongside a client.

Following my change of career I was very fortunate to be accepted onto the Reach Associate Programme and trained to become a Reach practitioner. Having experienced the Reach Approach from a client perspective and now as an Associate, my belief in the approach continues to grow and I continue to be blown away by the work of Reach.

It is a great privilege to work as a Reach Associate and l look forward to working with you and offering you the sustainable solutions that now sustain me.

About the Reach Approach

Reach was founded in 1990 and is the oldest running private practice in the UK.

By all means give me a call if it is easier to speak over the phone about these changes.

Research began into the Approach in 1979 and involved numerous agencies and organisations, which included: the Probation Service, Social Services, the NHS, NACRO, St. Basil’s, The Bridge Project, Aquarius and a host of voluntary sector organisations.

The research that took place during this period focused on client outcomes and clients’ experience of working with helping organisations.  This research unveiled that clients and those in need of emotional and psychological support, whatever the problem, generally relapsed after being helped somewhere between 3 and 12 months later.

In fact, over three quarters of those who went through the doors of these helping organisations found that within that time frame, they needed help again, often with the same problem and found themselves either returning to the first organisation they’d attended or approaching another agency in the hope that it might provide a solution.

 

What became clear is that however well meaning those organisations were, they were often only helping the client with the presenting problem.   And once that presenting problem (symptom) was addressed, the client would move on and the organisation would feel that their job had been done.  In truth, they had become part of the ‘revolving door of therapy’ – creating a culture where someone might be helped with their addiction, their eating disorder, homelessness and related issues but in fact when those problems had been addressed and they moved on, other issues hidden by these presenting concerns, then emerged.  So, many clients enjoyed a temporary period of ‘success’ only for that to be followed by a relapse and a sense of failure.

Our interpretation of these findings is that the real problem was that the structure was flawed and the methods were wrong.   If you keep dealing with presenting issues and leave the underlying causes in place, inevitably people sooner or later will find themselves either back in the hole they thought they’d escaped from, or a new hole appears equally threatening their mental health and sense of well-being.

Our model is based on empowerment through education.  We believe a better understanding of the human condition leads to the opportunity for positive change.  A thorough exploration of our model and resources offers individuals the chance to make more informed choices about their life and the direction in which they wish to take it.

To find out more about The Reach Approach please click here (http://www.thereachapproach.co.uk/).  Here you will find a wealth of information including the latest research, handouts, videos and recommendations.  The Reach Approach is a psycho-educational model offering sustainable solutions.