Kym has over 20 years’ experience as a psychotherapist and counsellor, supervisor and consultant. Her former roles include Head of a University Counselling Service, Clinical Lead in a residential therapeutic community, and Chair of a Psychotherapy Training Programme. She has worked within in a variety of settings including the NHS, the charity sector and education. She has sat on various Panels and Advisory Boards and now works mainly as a Consultant, Supervisor or Examiner. Together with counsellors Rebecca and David, she provides AKU Counselling Services.
Kym has presented on the psychological impact of rare disease nationally and internationally. She works closely with patient communities and health care professionals to help them define and deliver the most appropriate mental health care for each stage of the rare disease experience. She has provided consultancy and training on behalf of the pharmaceutical industry, for health care professionals, psychotherapy trainings and patient organisations with respect to both delivering online clinical services, and on the psychological impact of rare diseases.
In 2015, after becoming aware of the lack of appropriate and accessible expert psychological support for those living with rare diseases, Kym set up the first comprehensive specialist rare disease counselling service in the UK . In 2020, she then founded RareMinds , a not for profit organization providing Counselling and Emotional Wellbeing Support Services to patient organisations, groups and services. She is passionate about the emotional impact of rare disease being routinely acknowledged and addressed as an integral part of excellent rare disease care. She is on the Advisory Board of International Neuroendocrine Alliance.
Kym also has lived experience of rare disease. Her husband died as a result of an undiagnosed rare genetic disease in 2006, and her two teenagers were unexpectedly diagnosed a few years later.
When she’s not working, Kym enjoys walking her Jack Russell terrier, spending time with her family, and permaculture. She also spends far too much time watching obscure Sci-Fi films and series.