Kirstie McEwan MBACP
Due to the current pandemic I am only able to provide online therapy sessions via a secure video link. I am aware that this is a different experience to that with regular face-to-face therapy. However, the ability to form a therapeutic relationship is no different when working online. If you have concerns about how you might feel in the online environment I am happy to arrange a short ten minute introductory meeting. Please contact me if you wish to try this.
As an integrative counsellor I draw on my awareness of the various theoretical approaches and schools of psychotherapy to tailor the therapy to suit the individual client’s needs. I work primarily with a Person Centred Approach, allowing the client to determine how fast and in which direction the therapy progresses, in order to resolve his or her own problems. The relationship between the client and me, as the therapist, is an essential part of the therapy. I believe that this is achieved by providing a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space within which to work, where trust built between us enables the client to work with the potentially painful and debilitating issues that they may be experiencing.
I am also a qualified psychosexual and relationship therapist having been awarded The London Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy. I am able to offer support for intimate problems which can occur at any time of our lives and within our relationships. I work with individuals and couples of any sexuality or gender.
Life is demanding and we all do our best to cope with difficulties which arise in our home, our workplace, our family and our other relationships. There are times when these may seem overpowering and we feel that we are no longer able to cope, are struggling to keep up, are unhappy or confused; it makes sense to seek help to deal with these feelings and in these circumstances counselling may be the answer.
As a counsellor I am trained to listen to your problems in a confidential and non-judgmental way. However, a counsellor cannot provide instant, ready-made answers; you the client, must find the right solution yourself. The careful listening attention and support of a trained counsellor can help you discover a way through the apparently impossible problem-maze and the difficult days. Counselling can be emotionally draining and painful, but it can also be liberating and joyful. Each journey is unique and I will be there to walk it with you and provide the support that you require.
Counselling is a life-changing experience which allows the client ultimately to regain control, or gain acceptance, over the life issues which brought them to therapy, thereby leading to a better quality of life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I am a qualified psychosexual and relationship therapist having successfully completed the London Diploma in Psychosexual and Couples Therapy in 2016
Additional training through Pink Therapy in working with sexual and gender diversity. I have been recognised, by Pink Therapy, as an Accredited Gender, Sexualities, and Relationship Diversities Therapist (Accred GSRDT).
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I provide counselling for individuals and couples over the age of 18 on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period. I work with individuals and couples of any sexuality, gender identity or relationship status.
Counselling sessions last 50 minutes and are usually scheduled on a weekly basis, although this is negotiable depending upon the client’s need. Each session costs £50 for individual therapy and £60 for couples. Referrals from third parties may have a different cost which will be clarified prior to the first session.