Kirstien Bjerregaard, MBACP, PhD Psychology, Adv Dip Counselling
I am a fully qualified integrative psycho-therapeutic counselor, and experienced life coach who believes that people are the experts of their own lives. Particularly in times of difficulty and distress we can all benefit from working with an attuned listener who supports us to stay in touch with, and uncover our own resourcefulness and potential.
When we are faced with life's challenges, such as bereavement, separation, divorce, relationships, crisis and life changes it can often feel like we loose touch with ourselves and those around us
I offer a safe, confidential, and compassionate space for you to express and explore what is going on for you. Within this context there is the opportunity for you to connect with what matters to you, to inquire about how your past might be shaping your present and practice new ways of being that make life better for you.
Each person needs an individualised response to their unique experience of life so I draw on a number of different counselling and coaching techniques to best meet the needs of their person and the outcomes they wish for. These include Gestalt, person-centered, CBT, body work, mindfulness, trauma recovery and sand play therapies, as well as narrative transformation and strengths coaching.
People tell me they experience me to be down to earth, warm-hearted, humorous, non-judgemental, motivating, challenging, and compassionate. You, of course, will have your own experience of me, and that is why I invite you to have a free initial introductory session so you can get a sense of who I am and whether you feel it will be helpful to work with me. This is an important first step because the success of any type of counselling and therapy or coaching depends on the quality of the relationship between the practitioner and the client(s).
I enjoy working with people on a short-term or long-term basis. In short-term solution focused work I support people to address particular problems or issues in their lives. It can include trauma recovery activities such as the rewind technique, relationship remedies, cognitive behavioral techniques, mindfulness exercises and narrative transformation. Longer term work offers people ongoing support as they deal with the upset and challenges they face, as well as the opportunity to explore in more depth what is going on for them.
I work with individuals, couples and groups. Sessions can take place indoors in a counselling room or outdoors, walking or sitting in secluded spaces.
I see people in Littlehempston near Totnes or at Seale Hayne near Newton Abbot.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been counselling and coaching people for five years. I am a member of the British association for counsellors and psychotherapists (MBACP) and I abide by their ethics and requirements for supervision and training.
I am educated to a doctorate level in social and organisational psychology and have a specialist focus on people's motivation and resilience at work. I train and coach people who work in health, social care and humanitarian organisations on resilience and wellbeing, mindful leadership and conflict transformation.
I have over 20 years experience working in the health and social care sectors supporting people to improve their lives.
In addition to having a private practice, I work as a counsellor with the School for Inspiring Talents.
Qualifications I hold include:
- Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Dartmoor Safe Space for Counselling)
- PhD in Social and Organisational Psychology (University of Exeter)
- Certificate in Group Analysis (Institute of Group Analysis)
- MSc Social Policy and planning in development
- BSocSc Social Anthropology
Further training includes:
- Narrative coaching (InterBe)
- Rewind technique for treating post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks and phobias
- Working with survivors of sexual abuse (Dartmoor Counselling Service)
- Working with children and young people (Mind-Ed)
- MIndfulness (National Institute for the Clinical application of behavioural medicine)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Couples counselling
- Family Relationships
- Intimacy difficulties
- Child rearing
- Crisis of identity, loss of purpose and meaning
- Personal growth
- Strengthening resilience
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
- Family/systemic therapy
£40 individual sessions
£65 for couples session
A number of concession places are available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client