Dr Kirsten Kitson DPsych, C.Psychol, MBACP, BSc, BA
GLOUCESTERSHIRE COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGIST: Dr Kirsten Kitson
Commencing therapy can feel a little daunting and it is quite a commitment, so it is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist and confident in their expertise. As a Chartered Psychologist, I have trained for many years in a range of therapies which enables me to meet a clients individual needs and I am always open to having an informal chat to answer any initial questions you might have.
Many people are currently seeking CBT; aware of its thorough evidence base. This is an area that I have specialised in over the past last three years, working with depression and anxiety presentations. This includes General Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic, Phobias, Health Anxiety and Social Anxiety. Prior to this I worked in a specialist eating disorder service and for many years in substance misuse. I have also gained full accreditation with the BABCP which recognises a high level of competence and expertise in the provision of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
My career in a range of settings including the NHS and Forensic services and charity organisations, has meant that I have developed experience in a wide range of additional presentations also. I have trained in psychodynamic therapy, person centered therapy, solution focused therapy, compassion focused therapy (CFT) and Couples Counselling for Depression with the Tavistock . I am accredited with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), Chartered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This means that I have been trained to a high level to develop a robust and evidence based practice. I offer one to one therapy to adults and adolescents 16+.
In the initial assessment, we will work together to explore the problem, what keeps it going and how treatment might help to address it. This collaboration will form the basis of our work; enabling us to gain greater insight into the problem with the view to bring about change. I will aim to tailor the therapeutic approach to your needs and goals for treatment. This will involve me drawing on training in a range of therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic, Person Centred, Compassion Focused Therapy, Couples Counselling for Depression and Solution Focused therapy.
Please feel free to email or phone with any questions about my background, approach etc or visit my website www.glospsych.co.uk.
On street parking is available at the treatment rooms and is free after 6pm. Where appropriate online or telephone sessions may be available.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained at Roehampton University where I completed my doctorate in Counselling Psychology before going on to gain additional CBT training, CFT and Couples training. I am fully accredited by the BABCP, a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), chartered by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and hold full membership to the BPS division of Counselling Psychology. I am also registered with the Health Professions Council (HCPC).
I have received formal training in: Person-Centred, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Couples Counselling for Depression and Solution Focused therapy; working from a relational stance.
I have worked with adults and adolescents in a variety of settings including the NHS, HM Prison service and in the voluntary sector. This has involved the short, medium and long-term treatment of problems of varying severity.
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 Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies
The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.
BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.
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.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Between 2pm and 9pm on Wednesdays. Other times may be available by request.
Self-referrals and referrals from professionals are both welcomed.