Kirsi Honkanen - FPC (WPF), UKCP
I am a psychodynamic psychotherapist and offer both counselling and psychotherapy.
You may consider counselling if you want to focus on specific problems, explore your thoughts and feelings and begin to find more effective ways of taking control of your life.
Psychodynamic counselling is about enabling you to make changes in your life, which you feel, would be of benefit. This often involves a clearer understanding of what led to you having a particular problem in the first place. A painful situation in the present may have its roots in the past, but you may not be aware of the connection.
Psychotherapy is longer term and looks in more depth to see if there are unconscious issues from the past that are influencing your present life. Through a professional relationship it is possible to explore earlier experiences and emotions. Whilst these may be painful, you will be able to think about any fantasies linked to these experiences and begin to identify patterns of behaviour. As the therapy progresses and you develop a greater understanding and awareness of past issues and patterns, it is possible to change the decisions you make in the future.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained with the Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF) and obtained qualifications in:-
Individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapy -2007
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling - 2004
Diploma in Counselling - 2002
Certificate in Counselling Skills.
Professional Member of:
The Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC)
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
Member of Council for Psychoanalyses and Jungian Analyses (CPJA)
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have extensive experience working with teenagers and young adults.
£ 50.00 per 50 minute session.
I offer two low fee paying places.
Concessions offered for
There will be an initial consultation to explore the kind of help you are seeking. This session usually takes between 1-11/2 hours during which time we can decide whether counselling/psychotherapy with me is appropriate for you.