Dr Abbie Kirkham Counselling Psychologist/Clinical Supervisor
Now providing online and telephone sessions during the Coronavirus outbreak. I am a Counselling Psychologist with over ten years experience of helping people with a wide range of emotional difficulties and life challenges. I use a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches depending on the individual needs of each client. These include the humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural approaches. I am passionate about working with people and helping them to make sense of their difficulties. Furthermore, I am open, honest, attentive and consistent. These qualities, I consider to be central to my way of working with people and in helping them to develop greater awareness and confidence in managing their difficulties.
I am experienced in working with a variety of difficulties, including:
- Addiction - alcohol and drug misuse
- Depression, anxiety and low mood
- Trauma-related difficulties (including PTSD)
- Personality disorders
- Anger & emotional regulation
- Complex or severe mental health difficulties
Feel free to contact me for an informal discussion of your needs. We can then arrange an assessment appointment where I can hear more about your concerns and give you some options for treatment.
Training, qualifications & experience
- PsychD Counselling Psychology - City University (2014)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology - Roehampton University (2008)
- MSc Counselling Psychology - Roehampton University (2007)
- BSc Psychology - Middlesex University (2001)
As part of my continuing professional development, I have received further training in:
- Metallisation Based Treatment
- Supervision Skills training with the BPS and Solomons
I also have over 10 years experience of working with adults in both NHS and the private sector. I have supervised psychology trainees, psychologists and other health professionals in this time and can offer clinical supervision to psychological practitioners working with adults.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial consultation: £70 (50 Minutes)
Therapy Sessions: £70
Supervision Sessions: From £60
What to expect
When you first make contact, we will have a telephone conversation to talk about the difficulties you are accessing psychological therapy for. If we agree that psychological therapy could be helpful, we will then arrange a convenient time to meet at the therapy centre for an initial assessment.
The assessment will provide an opportunity for you to talk about your difficulties in greater depth. During this meeting, we will discuss your goals for therapy and think about the most appropriate approach to use when working through your difficulties. The way we work together will be guided by your preferences and also be informed by the NICE guidelines (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) which makes particular recommendations based on research findings as to the most appropriate approach.
Following this initial meeting, if we decide to work together, we will make discuss the regularity of sessions and the number of sessions. It is recommended that sessions are attended on a weekly basis.