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Young Person and Family Support in KentPrivate Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Kent.

Private Counselling and Psychotherapy services are offered by the Owl Centre's specialists in Kent

The Counsellors and Psychotherapists at The Owl Centre in Kent combine expertise and experience with a friendly and sympathetic approach to the children and parents they see.


Robert Bristow, BA BSc PGCE MA MBPsS MACCPH.


Robert is an Integrative Psychotherapist who can work with clients of any age. He is a qualified member of the ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists - an independent professional body and register) and wishes to work to improve wellbeing in children, adolescents and young adults experiencing difficulties and challenges in their life. Robert offers a single- or multi-perspective-integrated approach, which means that he has a variety of therapeutic skills from which to draw, enabling him to develop and implement an individualised treatment schedule matched to the needs of each case. He will be able to select the following humanist, behavioural and psychoanalytic approaches:

Psychodynamic, the person-centred therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), relationship counselling, family counselling, bereavement counselling, addiction counselling, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), Human Givens and transactional analysis (TA). Which elements are best applied will be decided in initial consultation.

Robert has 24 years of school-based experience in providing information, advice, guidance and support to young people and adults, as well as leadership of schools. His qualifications and Senior-Leadership experience demonstrate his strong background and expertise in children’s education. He is conversant with school systems and could work with schools, colleges or universities where a peer-group, class-level, teacher-training or whole-institution intervention may be required. Schools may also wish to take advantage of lesson observations when deciding on approaches to classroom-based behaviour modification for inclusion or helping young people to cope with anxieties, for example, where Robert could work primarily with members of staff with bespoke coaching around one child’s/young person’s needs. These services are offered alongside psychotherapy sessions for children on a one-to-one basis and/or with parents. Other services may be considered upon request.

Robert holds a degree in Psychology and is a registered graduate member of the BPS (British Psychological Society). He is a member of the ACCPH, whose aims, goals, standards and quality charters guide Robert’s working practice. He has experience as Assistant Headteacher and Assistant Principal in two secondary schools with sixth forms, and mentoring and tutoring adults as an Associate Lecturer and Sessional Academic on two universities’ postgraduate programmes. Robert began his career as a teacher and, so, also holds a degree and PGCE in German and French, with an additional specialism in EAL-student needs, a Masters in Education (Leadership & Management), and has worked as a Designated Child Protection Coordinator in two schools, contributing to LA Child Protection Plan meetings.

Areas which Robert could cover include but may not be limited to:

  • Ashford
  • Broadstairs
  • Canterbury
  • Chatham
  • Cranbrook
  • Dartford
  • Deal
  • Dover
  • Faversham
  • Folkestone
  • Gillingham
  • Gravesend
  • Herne Bay
  • Hythe
  • Lydd
  • Maidstone
  • Margate
  • Minster
  • New Romney
  • Northfleet
  • Paddock Wood
  • Queenborough
  • Rainham
  • Ramsgate
  • Rochester
  • Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Sandwich
  • Sevenoaks
  • Sheerness
  • Sittingbourne
  • Snodland
  • Southborough
  • Strood
  • Swanley
  • Tenterden
  • Tonbridge
  • West Malling
  • Westerham
  • Westgate-on-Sea
  • Whitstable
  • Central London
  • East Sussex



Angela Thorne MBACP B.A. Dip Couns. Cert Ed. Redwood Diploma.

Angela Thorne MBACP    B.A.    Dip Couns.    Cert Ed.     Redwood Diploma.

Angela has been involved in providing services to children and families throughout her working life, as a therapist, teacher, social worker and youth worker.

Following her qualification as a counsellor she undertook an additional 3 years’ training in Child Therapy and Integrative Arts Therapy.

Twenty years ago she founded a therapeutic fostering service that provided specialist family placements for children and young people who had experienced severe trauma and abuse. The service provided stable family care for young people with a history of placement disruptions.

She now provides independent consultancy, training and therapeutic services for children and families in the wider community, including foster and adoptive families. She enjoys working with parents and professionals, assisting them in providing optimum support for each child at difficult times.

Angela is a parent and step-parent, and has also been a foster parent, providing care for both young children and adolescents.

Angela is able to provide home or school visits in the following areas:

  • Ashford
  • Canterbury
  • Faversham
  • Maidstone
  • Sittingbourne




Profiles of the other Owl Centre therapists to follow soon.


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