My name is Kirk Nelson and I am a qualified and accredited Integrative Counsellor & Supervisor here in London. I have always enjoyed working with people previously in training and development, before making the change to become a counsellor.
During my time as a counsellor I have worked successfully with a wide variety of adults from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Working with issues varying from anxiety & depression, trauma, loss & abandonment, low self-esteem, interpersonal and relationship difficulties, people affected by long term or terminal health conditions as well as those listed below.
My work is underpinned with the belief that we all have the capacity to be in control of ourselves and our choices. I work with you to understand what is keeping you stuck in the here and now, and importantly we can look at how you would like to take back control and move forward.
How counselling can help
You may be feeling anxious or uncertain about the next direction in your life or you do not understand the reason for some of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
Often, and quite naturally we can push what we consider unacceptable experiences, thoughts and feelings, to the back of our mind with the hope that they will go away leaving them unresolved. Like anything unresolved these things usually have a way of coming back and influencing how we feel about ourselves and our relationships.
There is usually an expectation during these difficult times we should not be feeling the things we are feeling or that we should be "strong". But what does that mean? And how can I be strong when I don't feel that way?
This is where counselling can be used to understand and find our own answers to the challenges that we are facing. Whatever your reason for seeking out counselling I am here to offer my services in an honest, non-judgemental, confidential and safe environment.
What to expect in your first session
The first session gives us an opportunity to learn more about you, your experiences, the specific difficulties you are facing and how they are currently affecting you. Because we are all unique individuals the idea is to get an understanding of you as a whole person and not to define you by said difficulties.
The aim will be to understand together what is most important for you and what you want to focus on e.g. what are the source(s) of your difficulties? What is the impact and cost to you? And what do you want to be different? We will collaboratively look at how you want to work together, your expectations and your preferences. It is also an opportunity to decide together what are the next steps you would like to take regarding counselling.
Talking about our difficulties even with a professional can feel daunting that is why it is important that you feel comfortable and safe enough with the therapist you chose so you can get the most out of the experience. If you would like to discuss what you are looking for and to find out if counselling is the right thing for you, you can contact me for a free 15 minute telephone consultation.
I practice close to London Bridge station and is easily accessible by public transport.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Transpersonal & Integrative Supervision
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
I trained primarily in Humanistic and Psychodynamic theories with additional training and CPD in the cognitive approach to counselling. Because my training and experience uses knowledge and techniques from different therapeutic approaches, I can work with you to tailor the counselling to suit your needs.
This is crucial to the work because as individuals we all have our own way of experiencing and responding to things. So the more I can understand you and your perspective the better I am able to work with you.
My experience includes working in private practice and various organisations providing one to one counselling to clients as well as one to one and group supervision. I am experienced in working with a range of issues that affect daily life and functioning (see below). This can be anything from generalised depression/anxiety because of a recent problem or more long term and traumatic feelings that are reoccurring throughout our lives.
I am experienced in working with a diverse client group of men and women from different cultures and backgrounds, and offer a confidential service based on a mutually agreed way of working that suits your needs.
As a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy I abide by their ethics and standards for good practice.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
I feel that counselling should be available to as many people as possible. For this reason I offer a ranged fee rate which can be negotiated depending on individual circumstances.
I am available weekdays. Earliest appointments 8am & latest appointments 8pm