Kalpna Hirani

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MBACP (Accred)Dip.Couns. Expert in helping with panic attack
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Rickmansworth WD3 & Watford WD17
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About me

I know from my own therapy journey just how challenging it can be to make the first contact with a counsellor and to find one that's a good fit. I offer a free 15 minutes phone consultation to anyone ready to start therapy, so you can get a sense of me.

You may be suffering from anxiety, depression, the effects of trauma, or any other mental health difficulty. I am here to join you on your journey to feeling better. I’ll help you move forward in a way that is right for you.

The therapy relationship we build together is THE most important aspect of our work. I put this first, and so I offer a relaxed place where you can feel safe to be yourself. 

 I'm an accredited registered therapist with The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This ensures that I'm practicing ethically following their ethical code, which is designed to safeguard and protect you. The accreditation is a highly regarded mark of quality and professionalism. It means I have undertaken extensive training and met a high degree of expertise and skills, been through a rigorous process involving an assessment of my qualifications, experience, and adherence to ethical standards in order to obtain accredited membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have also accumulated many years of experience in supervised clinical practice, to provide you with the best help and support.
Have a look at my website where you can find further information about what I can help with and my practice https://www.wellness-thinking.com

If you need to talk to someone about your life, your relationships with the people around you, your experiences (past and present) or about everything in between, then please take that next brave step and give us a call. I'm here to help.

I have extensive experience in working with people from a diverse background, helping and supporting them with a wide range of issues such as anxiety, depression, anger management, relationship issues, family issues, generalised anxiety disorder, feeling sad, loneliness, panic attacks, low self-esteem, low self-confidence, trauma, abuse (including sexual and physical), stress and low mood. I also offer cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

I am deeply passionate about supporting people and helping them make real positive changes so they can thrive, whilst being sensitive to their values, beliefs and accepting difference.

Format of sessions on offer - I am based in Rickmansworth (WD3) near Watford, Hertfordshire, where I can offer face to face/in-person sessions to individuals. Its only a few minutes walk from Rickmansworth station, and a short drive from the M25. As its on the Hillingdon, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire border, and convenient for those in Ruislip, Denham, Uxbridge, Northwood, Chorleywood, Watford, Croxley, St Albans, Amersham, Chesham, Gerrards Cross and The Chalfonts.

I am also able to offer video and telephone sessions.

What I can help with - I am the counsellor people choose when they need help with:

  • Trauma 
  • Abuse, Physical, sexual and emotional abuse 
  • Stress,  Anxiety / generalised anxiety disorder and Panic attacks, Social anxiety
  • Poor patterns of behaviour, intrusive thoughts, overthinking and unsettling feelings.
  • Anger management
  • Depression, feeling sad, Isolation / loneliness 
  • Sleep issues
  • Low self esteem and low confidence
  • Major life changes - such as change at work or career, illness, personal loss, bereavement and grief, environmental shifts, menopause, loss of purpose, status or responsibility and challenges that come with relocation.
  • Work related issues - such as stress, career change, redundancy, conflict, dealing with challenges that come with retirement, burnout, illness and bullying.
  • Relationship difficulties – You might be having relationship or family issues or with your friends? Or perhaps you feel there's something missing because you don't have these relationships at all. We can talk about all aspects of relationships and how you feel about them.
  • Student life - Student life can be challenging and I am experienced in supporting young people with the stress and anxiety of exams and education, relationships, and social media.
  • Personal Growth – such as feelings of unworthiness, depressed, feeling sad, low self esteem, low self confidence, shame for not being like how you imagined yourself, doubting yourself or exploring ways to take better care of yourself and live a happy and fulfilled life
  • Culture related issues - Expatriate & Multicultural Counselling
  • Family issues for individuals 

How I can help you - By offering a respectful safe space and a warm environment enabling you to feel safe enough to talk openly and in confidence, allowing you to freely explore your thoughts and feelings. I listen without judgment and assist you to explore whatever is bothering you. I will help you to be curious about your emotions and feelings, enabling you to gain a better understanding of yourself so you can have some clarity. When we make the connections to the root of difficult patterns of thoughts and behaviours, we begin to realise we can facilitate change. 

I can help uncover your strengths and assist you in learning new skills that will allow you to deal with your struggles so you are able to cope better with the challenges that arise in life. With me you can acknowledge and express your feelings without fear of judgement. I will support you to learn to let go of anger, guilt and shame, feel less anxious, sad or depressed, let go of things you can't control and learn more effective coping strategies to help you be more resilient, have more confidence and value yourself.  Our work together will help you gain a fresh perspective. My commitment to you is to support and empower you to overcome challenges and achieve your aims. 

I will be there to guide you to achieve your aims by providing a personalised approach in supporting you with your emotional wellbeing and personal development.

My Approach - I am aware that we're all unique and every individual comes with their own experiences in life and complexities so I tailor my approach to your specific needs. I do not expect you to fit to my modality but rather I adapt my approach to suit what can help and support you.

The basis of my counselling practice is Person Centred which means I focus on your individual needs, ensuring that your preferences and values guide my approach in our work together. I aim to create a comfortable non-judgemental environment by showing genuineness, empathic understanding and working with integrity. My training and experience in numerous different approaches enables me to bring together elements of different theories and ways of working such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA) etc and I can work creatively to ensure that my approach is flexible and tailored to your individual needs. 

I want you to get the most from your counselling experience with me and our mutually trusting relationship will be key to your successful therapy. 

Get in touch
We all need a little support when events or circumstances overwhelm us.  Its no fun feeling down and struggling all the time, not knowing which way to turn. Why struggle on your own? During these challenging times, it just makes sense to reach out for professional support so you can get the right help. 

I offer a brief telephone consultation, no longer than 15 minutes which is free of charge, to people who are genuinely ready to start therapy. The person can say what they are looking for from therapy and I can explain how I work and what I can offer. From here we decide if we are comfortable with the idea of working together. If we do decide to proceed together, then we can confirm a suitable time and day that works for us both, for an initial session.   There will be no obligation for you to enter into therapy and you will not be pressured. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable with the therapist you choose to work with.  

Before we have our telephone conversation, I ask that you check my website (www.wellness-thinking.com), if you have not done so already, as it provides plenty of information, including my approach, cost and what I can offer. If you still feel you have any questions or require clarification, you can ask during our telephone conversation.

Thought for the day:

There are no quick fixes, healing hacks or magic cures - and this mentality is why so many of us give up so fast and believe we cannot change or keep trying to find something that will help us fix our anxiety quickly. Whilst some may promise a quick anxiety cure, the reality is that managing anxiety is a journey, not a destination.
You can develop the skills and strategies to effectively manage your anxiety and live a more fulfilling life. But remember, change happens through consistent practices and dedication, which takes time.

Training, qualifications & experience

I'm a qualified BACP registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist, offering in-person sessions in Rickmansworth (WD3) and Online.

I have undertaken specialist training to enable me to use neuroscience knowledge to help reduce symptoms and speed healing.

I have regular continuous professional development which helps to keep me up to date in the field of wellbeing.

  • I have had training and experience in various modalities which enables me to use various approaches, such as Person-centred approach, Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),
  • Janina Fisher trauma training certification 
  • Neuroscience for Effective Clinical Practice including Polyvagal theory
  • When I consider it suitable, I invite clients to work creatively to aid deeper exploration of their issues.
  • Certificate in Transactional Analysis 101
  • Certificate in telephone and online counselling and psychotherapy (BACP approved)
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling/ Foundation Degree
  • Certificate in CBT with heart
  • Anxiety UK - I have undergone Anxiety UK's training and I'm an Anxiety UK approved counsellor.
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Certificate of Proficiency - British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Cruse bereavement care is the leading national charity for bereaved people. I have had Cruse training to work with issues relating to bereavement, loss and grief.
  • I hold an enhanced DBS certificate for working with vulnerable people.
  • Safeguarding Level 3 certificate - This is training that all healthcare staff (including GPs and Registered Nurses) involved in assessing and evaluating safeguarding concerns of children, young people and adults, must have.
  • Additional experience  

    I'm a qualified chartered accountant and have previously worked for many years as a management consultant for one of the largest global IT and business consulting services firms. Having had 32 years of experience of working in the corporate and finance industry, including a few years working abroad as an expat, I'm able to draw on these experiences to support clients with their challenges such as stress, relationship issues, work related issues in the business, professional and ex-patriate sectors.

    I am passionate about enhancing emotional wellbeing in workplaces and in 2018, I carried out primary research in this area.

My work experience:

I've been a counsellor for over 7 years and have accumulated more than a 1000 hours of supervised counselling hours. In addition, gained the following experience:

  • Link is a young people’s counselling service for ages 13 to 25, which is part of the Hillingdon Council's Social Care Directorate's Children and Young People's Services division. I worked here for 2.5years as a counsellor providing 1 to 1 counselling and Mental health workshops for teenagers and young people.
  • Signpost - a charity in Hertfordshire which provides counselling, coaching and other support to help young people and families. I provide parent support and coaching, helping to develop a plan to address any challenges they maybe facing, offering tools and guidance. I also work as a counsellor here, providing therapy to children and young people (13-25years of age).
  • Anxiety UK trained and approved counsellor
  • 6th Form Counsellor at a private school - from January 2021 to July 2022

It can feel scary to take the first step to reach out but learning to cope in healthier ways can make doing so more than worthwhile.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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£60.00 - £80.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I will treat what you share with respect & confidentiality. Simply text, or email to set up a free 15 minutes telephone consultation. The consultation gives you an opportunity to ask me any questions you may have and for us to decide if we are a good fit to work together. We can explore how I can help and support you.

Before your free consultation, it will be helpful for you to read through the information on my website https://www.wellness-thinking.com as it has plenty of additional information, including my approach, cost and what I can offer. 

Sessions cost for 1 to 1 weekly therapy sessions is: £60 to £80 depending on type of session and time and day. Please enquire for specific session when booking. I offer discounts to those on low income households and struggling financially, please contact me to discuss.

The sooner you get help, the faster you can get back to enjoying life.

When I work

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Further information


  • Personalising psychotherapy
  • A Pluralistic Approach to Therapy
  • Working using creative techniques
  • Polyvagal Theory and Neuroscience in practice
  • Working With Trauma and Revolutionising trauma treatment
  • Procrastination and imposter syndrome
  • Systemic family therapy at Tavistock and Portman  – Ongoing
  • Goals In Therapy
  • Science of Wellbeing, Yale university – Ongoing
  • Effective Anger Management
  • The Inner Critic
  • Cultural Awareness, Human diversity and Power in the therapy room

Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3

Watford, Greater London, WD17

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

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Additional languages


I have experience of working with, people from Japan, Hong Kong, UAE, Germany, Italy and Australia.

Online platforms

Google Meet