Adrienne Kirk reg BACP, Loss and Bereavement Specialist
I am a psychotherapist specialising in one-to-one therapy, currently either face-to-face or via Zoom, to adults specialising in bereavement, loss and grief.
My clients are people who have suffered a loss in their lives. This could be a physical loss such as a bereavement, a miscarriage or other issues in pregnancy, redundancy, retirement, relationship issues; or it could be a loss of your way in the world, a sense that you are on the wrong path, that you have lost their purpose or direction. It can be useful to have someone to help make sense of your new situation, to walk alongside you as you discover a new path.
Right now, we are living in uncertain and difficult times. You may be struggling to find your ‘new normal’, struggling to cope with a bereavement, struggling to make sense of life after lock-down. I can help.
Clients find me to be open, non-judgemental and easy to talk to. Recent feedback has included “Thank you again for your kindness and energy - I know it's your job to be there for me but I am really cherishing the way you hold that space. You are a very special human being”. My way of being allows my clients to feel safe to say whatever they need to without fear of how I might react.
There are many ways in which our view of ourselves and our future may change, and these can be overlooked by others at this time of worry around covid 19/coronavirus. I also specialise in working with clients who are dealing with loss in many other ways, including
- Loss of a loved one/bereavement
- Termination of pregnancy
- Diagnosis of foetal abnormality
- Relationship breakdown
- Chronic illness
I would be honoured to assist you on your journey.
How Therapy can Help
It can be very difficult to talk about these issues, others do not know what to say to you, and the loss can be very traumatic. It can be a great relief to speak to someone non-judgmental, who really listens and can understand the world from your perspective.
It may be helpful to reflect, explore and examine your life with an approachable, experienced and understanding therapist. This is where I can help. Together we can make sense of your situation and find a path through. There can be a fear of shame or failure in asking for help, or showing vulnerability but actually these are signs of strength. I can support you in your courageous step to ask for help and walk alongside you as we explore your experiences.
What to Expect in Your First Session
A first session is a really important opportunity for you to decide if I am someone you would like to work with. We will discuss the reasons you have decided to come to therapy, and I will also ask you for some information on your family and life circumstances. We will also discuss how many sessions to agree to work together in the first instance. It is a chance for us to get to know each other a little, and to agree on how we could work together to help you.
A little about me
I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and I also have a masters in Health Psychology. I spent many years working in higher education, teaching consultation skills to medical students and was also responsible for supporting students who were struggling.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Regent's University of London. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist I taught consultation skills to medical students, as well as being responsible for supporting students who were struggling.
I am a registered member of the BACP.
Along with my private practice in Enfield, North London, I volunteer as a bereavement therapist for a bereavement charity. I have previously worked for a number of years at a charity in London that supports clients who have issues around pregnancy.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Zoom sessions - £50 for an individual weekday session and £55 for a Saturday session, I also offer blocks of sessions which offer a saving on this cost.
Block of 6 sessions: £290 (£10 discount)
Block of 10 sessions: £475 (£25 discount)
Block of 20 sessions: £950 (1 free session)
Face-to-face sessions - £55 for an individual weekday session and £60 for a Saturday session.
Block of 6 sessions: £320 (£10 discount)
Block of 10 sessions: £525 (£25 discount)
Block of 20 sessions: £1,045 (1 free session)
I have off-street parking available. I am close to Enfield Chase train station and a number of bus routes.