Kalpna Hirani, Therapeutic Counsellor (MBACP Registered)

Kalpna Hirani, Therapeutic Counsellor (MBACP Registered)

About me

Fully registered and experienced

I’m a qualified therapeutic counsellor and registered member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy ("BACP" *).

Welcome

I can provide you with a personalised approach in supporting you with your emotional wellbeing and personal development. Please read about what I offer and how I can be of help.

As your counsellor, my commitment to you is to be there to support and guide you to achieve your aims. I offer a confidential, safe and respectful space to enable you to explore your thoughts and feelings.

I am committed to my therapeutic practice and provide a professional and ethical service. I’m motivated and passionate about providing support to my clients and enabling them to find their way forward in life. I relish the opportunity to work with you.

How counselling can help

Sometimes we all need a little support, and counselling can provide this in a variety of ways.

Many seek counselling due to events or circumstances, which may have led to overwhelming challenge or confusion. The emotional impact caused as a result needs to be addressed to enhance the quality of their lives. If left unchecked these can affect their wellbeing.

Others seek counselling not because they are depressed or traumatized or vulnerable but to enhance the quality of their lives, perhaps by finding meaning and purpose, improve their loving relationships or simply because they would like support in achieving the personal growth they are striving for.

Although it can sometimes feel scary to take the first step to reach out, learning to cope in healthier ways can make doing so more than worthwhile.

You don't need to continue to struggle on your own. Things can change if you seek help from a professional counsellor. The opportunity to talk uncensored to a nonbiased professional without fear of judgment or repercussions can be life-changing. Counselling can uncover your strengths and assist you in learning new skills that will allow you to deal with the challenges that arise in life.

I’ll support you with whatever may be troubling you or getting in the way of living a happy and fulfilled life.

I offer a free telephone consultation of up to 20 mins so you can ask any questions you may have and gain an understanding of how you might get the most out of our working relationship.

Get in touch and schedule the free telephone consultation now!

The sooner you get help, the faster you can get back to enjoying life. I can provide support in a personalised approach to emotional wellbeing and personal development.

What I can help with

  • stress
  • depression
  • anxiety / generalised anxiety disorder
  • panic attacks
  • bereavement
  • anger management
  • relationships
  • loneliness
  • feeling sad
  • post natal depression
  • low self esteem
  • parenting
  • young people
  • bullying

I have a special interest in working with:

  • Those who have gone through or are going through 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. We all face difficult life changing events at times like retirement, the loss of a job, a divorce, or the loss of a loved one. When difficulties such as these arise a short period of counselling can be helpful. Talking with a counsellor can be an effective way to process your feelings and work through any lingering unprocessed thoughts and emotions.
  • Work related issues such as stress, career change, redundancy, conflict, dealing with retirement, burnout, illness and bullying. In our fast-paced society, more and more people find it challenging to juggle unrealistic work and home life demands. We frequently have to deal with high levels of daily stress, which negatively affects our physical and mental health. Many of our most common physical ailments, such as headaches, digestive problems, high blood pressure, insomnia, and an impaired immune system, can be attributed to stress. The same is true for many of our psychological issues, including anger, irritability, depression, and anxiety. Finding ways to lower our stress levels is therefore extremely important for our overall health. In 2018, I carried out primary research to investigate employees experience of emotional wellbeing in the workplace. This provided insight and a more diverse view which added to the prior knowledge, understanding and experience I had in this area.
  • Personal Development – If you have concerns about how you feel about yourself, are feeling unworthy or ashamed for not being like how you imagined yourself, is this preventing you from living a more fulfilled life? Perhaps you may be doubting yourself which is hindering your capabilities and would like to feel more empowered to achieve your full potential. Would you like to simply explore ways to take better care of yourself and live a happy and fulfilled life? I can provide support so you are able to achieve your goals.
  • Culture related issues - Expatriate & Multicultural Counselling
  • Infertility – fertility treatment.
  • Stress, anxiety and panic attacks - The fight, flight or freeze response can be useful for our survival as the stress this induces within us, motivates us to keep ourselves safe. When we get stuck in the stress response too long due to feeling unsafe in our environment, it can potentially consume us to the point that we don’t see a way out and we feel engulfed in our anxiety response.  At times this can manifest as a panic attack. If these issues are affecting your life there are things you can try that may help. Support is also available if you're finding it hard to cope with stress, anxiety or panic.
  • Depression, loneliness and sleep issues – Are your feelings of sadness and low mood stopping you from leading your normal life and making everything harder to do and seem less worthwhile? Do you feel numb, empty and that you can't see a way forward? Perhaps you feel isolated, alone and trapped in your head and unable to talk about how you are feeling to anyone around you. Loneliness interferes with sound, plentiful sleep and can be connected to feeling depressed. Depression is a very lonely and scary place to be stuck in. I want to support you in finding your way out of this dark place.
  • Relationship difficulties – romantic, friendships, colleagues, marriage, children. If your child or children have been misbehaving and you are at your wit’s end trying to figure out what to do, talking with a professional who has experience with children’s issues can be helpful. A counsellor can frequently provide you with some additional parenting tools to make your life easier.
  • 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.
  • Issues relating to parenting

Whatever issues you are facing, I will strive to work with you, to help you find a way forward. If you are interested in finding out more about what I offer, please take a look at my service and fees page. If you have any questions about how counselling and therapy could work for you, please do contact me.

My Approach

I do not diagnose or categorise. I am more concerned with helping you, My training in many different approaches enables me to bring together elements of different theories and ways of working. This is based on the idea that each person is an individual so one type of therapy does not fit everyone.  I use a Person-centred approach as a basis of my counselling practice and bring in other theories to ensure that my approach is flexible and tailored to your needs.

We all have the ability to grow and change if the right conditions for growth are provided. I offer a compassionate, non-judgmental, empathic and warm environment to enable you to feel safe enough to self-explore. I do not diagnose or categorise. With me, you can be your true self and be honest about how you are really feeling.

Feeling truly heard and understood can be a powerful experience. By being in tune with how you as my client are feeling and by understanding your experiences, I will support you so that you can see a way forward and work towards a growing sense of inner peace and contentment, with more focus and clarity.

Rather than tell you what to do or offer you advice, I will offer a supportive environment, being fully present, actively listening to your concerns and being respectful, so that any changes come from within you.

I will ensure that you feel sessions maintain direction and focus, empowering you to review your progress regularly, always holding your autonomy in mind. My way of working is gentle but sufficiently challenging to help you grow. I work at a pace that suits you, and I offer a space to safely contain what you bring. As your counsellor, I will strive to create a relationship based on equality rather than being ‘in charge’.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a diploma in therapeutic counselling, have regular CPD, clinical supervision and have had training in various approaches, all of which has provided me with skills, training and experience in various modalities such as Person-centred approach, Gestalt, Existential, Psychodynamic, CBT and working creatively. Having the training, knowledge and ability to use different approaches gives me the flexibility to adapt according to client needs.

I have an enhanced DBS certificate for working with young people and adults.

In 2018, I carried out primary research to investigate employees experience of emotional wellbeing in the workplace. This provided insight and a more diverse view which added to the prior knowledge, understanding and experience I had in this area.

In addition to my private practice in Central London locations, in Southwark, close to Lambeth North and Waterloo stations, Euston, King’s Cross and London Bridge stations, I also work at a young people’s counselling service in West London.

I’m a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP*), This is the largest professional body for counsellors in the UK. I have many years of experience working with adults and teenagers (17 years and over).

About me

Thanks to my own experience of counselling, which was life changing, I became passionate about helping people. I began the transition from client to counsellor and trained as a therapeutic counsellor in order to devote my professional life to supporting other people with their challenges.

I consider it a special privilege to walk alongside my counselling clients as they are working through difficult situations, changes, and personal challenges.

Prior to embarking on my counselling training, I worked for many years in the corporate world as an accountant and a management consultant, dealing with change. During this time, I also worked abroad as an expat, experiencing different cultures.

Having seen and had experience of how people struggle with changes in their circumstances, or their environment, I am acutely aware of the pressures, stresses and strains that come with these issues and the impact on work and personal life.

Please visit my website for more information..https://www.wellness-thinking.com/

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

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Fees

I do not charge for the first consultation which could last up to 20 minutes by phone. Simply text, or email to set up an appointment. The telephone consultation provides us both with an opportunity to get a sense of each other and allows me to gain some understanding of the issues you are facing and what you hope to gain from counselling.

What happens during the initial call?

We'll have a conversation (typically 10 – 20 mins), I'll ask you what you're looking for and briefly why you're thinking about counselling or therapy. Remember you choose how much you want to say or not. I appreciate that contacting a counsellor is a big step for most people. Please feel free at any stage to ask any questions that you may have or ask me to clarify anything that you don't understand. If you decide you want to work with me, then we'll arrange a time to meet in person for a formal assessment which lasts 50 minutes and is chargeable. We'll talk about days/times that I have available and what might work for you.

What happens at the first 50 minutes session?

This is a chance for us to meet face to face and you'll see the space that I work from. During this assessment, we’ll discuss your circumstances, individual needs and any further questions you may have. It would be a time for me to listen to what brings you to therapy, and you'll also start to get a sense of how I work.

A successful therapeutic relationship depends on a good connection and trust between you and the counsellor, in order to maximise a good outcome for yourself. So, it is vital that you feel safe with me and the initial 50 minutes session, is a good way for us to see if we feel able to work together and for us to explore how best I can support you. If we do decide to proceed together, then we can think about the next step. We can agree on how we can work together, confirm a regular day and time that works for us both and also discuss the ongoing fees.

If I believe that the issues you are facing exceed my professional capabilities, or if for any reason we don't think I am the right counsellor for you, I will endeavour to refer you on to a counsellor/psychotherapist with the relevant expertise, or potential relational qualities, that may be more suited to your requirements. At the very least, I will aim to point you in the right direction.

Fees vary from £60 to £70. Typically, the charge is £60, for long-term weekly ongoing work for 1 to 1 session (50 minutes). Please contact me to confirm charges.

Cancellations - Should you need to cancel your appointment, a 48-hour notice period would be appreciated so I can offer your appointment to someone else who needs it. Cancellations of less than 48 hours notice will incur full fees.

I am happy to discuss any questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you. The sooner you get help, the faster you can get back to enjoying life.

I always try to respond to any messages / emails received on the same day, and I can often see clients within 48 hours for an initial consultation.

Further information

Online therapy – I also offer online counselling to those from abroad or if you struggle to travel or in exceptional circumstances, for example, if you are committed to weekly sessions due to a busy work schedule, we can agree to have subsequent sessions online.

Other Locations:

  • Kings Cross Road, London WC1X - 4 mins walk from Kings Cross St Pancras underground station (Northern, Piccadilly, Victoria, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines)
    6 mins walk from St Pancras station
  • Gower Street,  WC1E  - 4 mins walk from Goodge Street underground (Northern line)
    8 mins walk from Tottenham Court Road underground (Northern and Central lines)
    10 mins walk from Warren Street underground (Northern and Victoria lines)
    10 mins walk from Russell Square underground (Piccadilly line)
    10 mins walk from Euston Square underground (Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines)
  • Borough High Street, Southwark, London, SE1 - 2 mins walk from Borough underground (Northern line)
    5 mins walk from London Bridge station (Jubilee and Northern underground lines, and overground rail services)
    8 mins walk from Southwark (Jubilee line)
    15 mins walk from Waterloo station (Bakerloo and Northern underground lines, Waterloo & City line, and overground rail services)
  • York Road, London, SE1 - 1 min walk from Waterloo station (Bakerloo and Northern underground lines, Waterloo & City line, and overground rail services)

Maps & Directions

London, SE1

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations