Vera Kong Counselling
I moved to London in 2006 and initially worked for the Royal College of Surgeons and Imperial College. In 2014, I ventured out to pursue self-employment as a freelance portrait and events photographer, which I enjoyed greatly for the good part of four years.
Parallel to this, my journey into counselling started in 2011 when I was recruited to facilitate a well-established community group in the London area. This group mainly dealt with themes of ‘family estrangement’, ‘shame’ and ‘sexual orientation’. The experiences I gained here eventually led me to study Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute in Ealing, where I qualified as counsellor in 2021. Parallel to this, I also studied Psychology at Birkbeck University to deepen my understanding of the mental health sector and to explore therapy tools and models through a more scientific lens.
In 2018, I started to work as a Mentor and Listening Volunteer for The Samaritans Helpline, a UK-wide suicide prevention charity. This, as well as my ongoing work at a local Women’s Centre, has given me unique practical insights into the unique circumstances and therapeutic needs of domestic abuse survivors, and people who at times deal with an intense sense of emptiness, overwhelm, or distress.
On a personal level, I would say that my own experiences in life have been crucial in providing me with the drive, empathy, and motivation to enter the counselling profession. In retrospect, it is fair to say that it was my own circumstances and family background that led to my interest in the counselling of clients who deal with psychological trauma, chronic illness, and any varied mental health symptoms that might be related to adverse experiences in childhood or young adulthood (e.g. depression, grief, low self-compassion, and chronic anxiety).
In recent years I have worked within the NHS as a GP practice counsellor. I have also facilitated group therapy programmes for relatives of people who died in road traffic incidents. I greatly enjoy group therapy work and am at present developing new group therapy programmes for people who have experienced traumatic bereavement.
To extend my personal and therapeutic horizon, I complemented my existing training with trauma-specialised and body-mind-spirit embracing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy qualifications. I am now a fully qualified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist and also like to additionally widen my horizon on a spiritual level. I am interested in the intersections of Christianity, Hermeticism, Bhuddism, Hinduism, etc., in relation to life itself.
I like to approach therapy holistically, which means that I tend to look at the interconnectedness of our individual beliefs, feelings, sensations, backgrounds, and environments. In my private practice, I try to welcome people from all walks of life with openness, empathy, congruence, and compassion.
Qualifications & Training
2019 -2023: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Levels 1, 2, and 3 Certificates; fully certified
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute
2020 - Present: MSc Integrative Psychotherapy leading to UKCP Accreditation
Metanoia Institute & Middlesex University
2021: Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapic Counselling
2019-2020: CertHE Psychology