Kirstan Murphy Adams B.Psych.,PGDip.,MSc, MBACP Psychotherapist
I work with children, adults, couples and families who are experiencing emotional, behavioural and psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, low self-esteem, stress, relationship difficulties, family breakdowns, eating disorders, amongst others. I provide a safe and non-judgemental place where you can share your worries, issues and problems in order to come in contact with what is going on in your life and to be able to resolve them.
Each client is different, so I tailor each session around what's going on for you. I practice Mindfulness and Existential therapy which helps you to focus on what's happening in the moment. I also specialise in Attachment Therapy which is the basis of any relationship and can help me see where the strengths and difficulties are in how you form relationships. The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself and by entering therapy this will allow you to know yourself better which will give you the confidence to choose and construct healthy relationships.
I believe that building a good rapport between myself and my client is the building block of a good therapeutic relationship. To be able to share the journey with my client is by far the most beautiful experience, albeit being painful.
Psychotherapy fosters self-growth and equips you with the skills to live a more fulfilling life.
I offer both short and long term therapy, sessions are held once a week and are 50 minutes long. I abide by the BACP professional code of ethics.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and experienced psychotherapist I have trained with Professor Petruska Clarkson and Dr Joseph Zinker.
I have over 18 years of experience, working in various organisations such as the NHS, Drug and Alcohol agencies, Bereavement services and my own Private Practice. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
- MSc in Attachment Studies
- Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology
- PG Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy
- Bachelor of Psychology (B.Psych)
- Couple therapy
- Child Development
- Systemic therapy
- Child protection procedures
- Somatic and Developmental approach
- Working with complex bereavement
- Systemic perspectives in bereavement counselling
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I undertake attachment and family assessments that place an emphasis on gaining a full understanding of family history and relationships. Having completed extensive psychological training in a number of validated assessment procedures, these assessments offer an in depth analysis of individual and family functioning. The assessment procedures used are developmentally sensitive and include the:
The Adult Attachment Interview (AAI)
The Parent Development Interview
The School Age Assessment of Attachment
Understanding how individuals process information and how things come to be, informs intervention. Without this, interventions are likely to be ineffective.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
I charge £55 per session.
I am a provider for BUPA health insurance.
- Enhanced DBS check
- Liability/indemnity insurance.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays to Saturdays 9.30 am onwards
Types of client