Kirsten Owen

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PGDip Counselling, MBACP (Accredited)
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Newport-on-Tay, Fife, DD6
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This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

We all can experience emotional pain and struggles in one form or another, which impact on how we relate to and interact with ourselves, others and the world around us. This is part of being human. Having a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space where you can work through whatever difficulties you are having now or have experienced in the past can help to increase your understanding of yourself and others, your resources and coping skills, and the quality of life you lead.

You might have a clear idea of what's troubling you, or perhaps you have a sense that something just isn't quite right in your life. Counselling can give you the room you need to explore what's going on for you, and to find a way forward to the place you want to be.

As an experienced counsellor, I have worked with adults from all walks, ages and stages of life. I work in a flexible way, so I will collaborate with you on what it is that you want to get out of our sessions. You can expect me to be honest and accepting, to treat you with respect and dignity, and as the individual that you are. Deciding to address those things that challenge your well-being can be a daunting task, so I will work at a pace that feels safe and comfortable for you. 

Counselling for bereavement and loss

Experiencing a bereavement can feel a bit like your whole world has been turned upside down. You might find that you are unable to recognise yourself, maybe you are feeling, behaving and reacting in ways that feel out of character. You might even begin to question Am I losing my mind? (you’re not, by the way). Alongside this there can be a pressure to move on from the loss, to get back to normal, when life feels anything but normal. As time passes you might wonder Shouldn’t I be feeling better by now?

Having worked with people around many different losses, I recognise that sometimes it can be difficult to talk about grief with the people in your life. Perhaps you worry about burdening others with your feelings or feel that those around you don’t get it or you may even feel that you aren’t allowed to grieve. But it’s OK to feel as you do, and counselling can help you to attune to your unique grief.  

Grief counselling isn’t about moving on from bereavement, instead it is a space to support you in living with your loss. Counselling can help you to understand your feelings and connect with your needs. It can also be a place to talk about the person you have lost and the experience of losing them, and to explore the possibilities of finding meaning in life again.

We can also experience grief in other aspects of life. This could be, for example, through the ending of a relationship, losing a job or retirement, a house move, health issues, trauma, a loss of identity... Grief shows up in lots of ways and situations. If you are affected by grief in any shape or form, please contact me to explore if counselling might be helpful for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified in 2014 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Pluralistic Counselling.  

I am an Accredited and Registered Member of the BACP.

I have completed specific training for online counselling, so you can be assured that I approach this work ethically and professionally.

I worked for many years in the voluntary sector with addictions and trauma. I now work in private practice and as an EAP affiliate counsellor. 

I am also a qualified clinical supervisor.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

When I work

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Further information

The majority of my work is online, and while remote counselling is in some ways different to being physically in the room together, the foundation remains the same – we are there in that online counselling space for you to be heard and to explore whatever it is that you feel is important to explore, at a pace that feels right for you.

Newport-on-Tay, Fife, DD6

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

PVG Scheme

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Online platforms

Whatsapp
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Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

I am a qualified supervisor offering a supportive, collaborative space with warmth and respect for exploring all aspects of therapeutic work.

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Kirsten Owen
Kirsten Owen