Kirsten Toyne - Anxiety and Stress Counsellor
If you are feeling anxious, stressed or maybe life feels challenging, we could work together to help you move forward in a way that is right for you.
Anxiety and stress impacts us physically and emotionally, often stripping us of our confidence and making life feel overwhelming.
You may feel pressured, inadequate and blame yourself. You might doubt your judgement and expect the worst, all the while trying to hide how you feel. These are un-talked about consequences of anxiety and stress.
Overtime all of this has an impact on our bodies and minds. We can experience...
- Poor sleep
- An inability to relax
- Trouble eating well
- Muscle tension
- Trouble concentrating
In my experience anxiety and stress can be worked with and even used as a springboard for greater self-understanding and a better life.
I am here to listen and support you in exploring where you are, how you feel and what is going on at a deeper level so that together we truly understand the challenges you face. From that vantage point, we can work together to decide how you want to move towards a better life.
Having qualified 15 years ago, I specialise in working with anxiety, stress and discontent in all its forms. As an Integrative therapist, I am trained in a broad range of therapies so I can work in a way that is tailored to you.
For me, it is a privileged to be a counsellor, so please feel free to get in touch with me to ask any questions or arrange a time to have a phone conversation. It is important that you can get a feel for me and if my approach is right for you. I explain more in the video below “How to find the right therapist”
We could work in person or online.
Over the years I have worked with many issues including:
Postnatal mental health issues
Emotional eating issues
Obsessive Compulsive disorder
Lack of confidence
I am situated in a peaceful area on the edge of Colchester only a few miles from the A12. There is free parking.
How To Get Started
I know it can be tough to make the first step to seeing a therapist. If you are interested then please feel free to contact me, where I am more than happy to answer any questions.
After that, we can arrange a free phone consultation so that we can discuss what you would like to get from therapy. It also allows you to decide whether you feel my approach is right for you.
The First Session
First sessions can be daunting but it important to remember that my aim is to support you. All you need is yourself, as you are the expert on you. I will explain confidentiality and we will discuss in more depth what you want to get from therapy and what is happening for you. The sessions last an hour.
It is really important to me that good information is available to anyone who wants it. As part of this I have produced short videos with a colleague, that can supply you with information and ideas. These can be linked to from my website.
Training, qualifications & experience
As a registered member of the largest therapy association in the UK, the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I abide by their ethical framework.
I undertake regular supervision on CPD (Continuous Professional Development).
- Advanced Diploma and Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Diploma in Integrative Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy
- Certified Advanced Inner Child Therapist, The Penny Parks Foundation (NCP) 2004
- Diploma in Analytical and Cognitive Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (SACH 2003)
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
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also work with women who want to support through the challenges of motherhood.
£45.00 per one hour session.
I work in a private setting where there is free parking.
I have weekday and weekend sessions available.
I offer all prospective clients a free initial phone consultation, where we can discuss expectations and I can answer any questions you may have in more detail.
If you email me or leave a message I will always get back to you.