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About me

Life can be hard, it can be beautiful, and it can be everything in between. When life feels tough and unrelenting, it can be difficult to reach out and we can find ourselves struggling in silence against the tide. Compassion, kindness and genuine-ness all lie at the heart of the therapy that I offer. It is a meeting of two humans who experience life, and by working together, I hope that the therapeutic process is one that can help clients to heal and hold hope.

I am a Person Centred counsellor which means that I will be walking alongside you in your journey and be led by you. The power of someone walking alongside you in the most difficult times can be incredibly healing. To be seen, heard, and understood, is arguably one of the most empowering feelings that we as humans can experience. Having a counsellor who is empathic, open and allows the client to choose their direction, can facilitate real growth. I am also able to integrate into my practice different ways of working, and so can draw upon these when we think that it might be helpful. This is still led by you, but there is an open-ness to exploring what might be needed in the moment. I endeavour to create a safe space where we can explore and process the hard stuff, and also celebrate the good stuff.

As an individual with intersecting identities, I understand the difficulties of facing barriers and oppressions. With social justice and advocacy in mind, I endeavour to create a space in which we work together so that new learnings and what I call ‘lightbulb moments’ can take place. Therapy is definitely a process, and I am committed to being fully present and walking alongside my clients.

I am an experienced therapist who is a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy). I have had the privilege of working (and volunteering) in a variety of settings including charitable organisations, higher education and within schools. I am currently working in a regional LGBT organisation with the LGBTQ+ community where I have set up a Trans specific affirmative counselling service as well as working in the LGBT counselling service within the same organisation. I   have 2+ years of working within this community. I have experience of working with clients who bring all of life into the room, but particularly I have experience of working with clients who experience anxiety, depression, discrimination, loss, abuse, questions/exploration around gender and sexuality and trauma. I have experience of working with clients face to face, online and via telephone. I am currently undertaking a DProf at The University of Chester.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered Member of BACP

4 years experience as a counsellor       

MSc in Counselling Psychology - Keele University

Currently undertaking DProf in Counselling & Psychotherapy Studies at the University of Chester

Member organisations

BACP

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

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

BAME Individuals

LGBTQ+ Individuals

Trans/Non-Binary Affirmative Therapy

Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity

Intersectionality

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy

Fees

£40.00 per session
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£40 per 50 minute counselling session.

Free 30 minute online introductory meeting where we can see whether we might be a good fit, answer any questions and I can explain briefly a bit about the way that I work.

If you are on a low income or experiencing financial difficulties then it may be possible to negotiate a reduced fee.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Some morning, evening and weekend appointments available.

Further information

Please note that due to present UK Government and Department for Health guidelines, therapy will be provided online or via telephone. I am happy to work remotely with clients based anywhere within England.

As the situation slowly changes, I hope to return to face to face counselling with clients in my local area (Chester).

Chester
Cheshire
CH1

Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire
ST7

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Kirandeep Kaur (MSc, MBACP)

Kirandeep Kaur (MSc, MBACP)