Dr Kirstien Bjerregaard, MBACP, PhD Psychology, Adv Dip Counselling
I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor, and experienced life coach with a doctorate in psychology, who believes that people are the experts of their own lives.
Particularly in times of difficulty and distress we can all benefit from working with an non-judgemental listener who supports us to stay in touch with, and access our own resourcefulness and well being.
When we are facing life's challenges, such as bereavement, relationship difficulties, divorce, work issues, etc., or experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, trauma or compulsive and addictive behaviours it can often feel like we loose touch with ourselves and those around us.
I offer a safe, confidential, and compassionate space for you to express and explore what is going on for you. Within this context there is the opportunity for you to connect with what matters to you, to let go of limitations that occur from your past, and embrace a future in which you can tap into your resilience and resourcefulness to create the life you wish to have.
Out of all the psychology, counselling and coaching techniques I have training in (CBT, person-centred, Gestalt, narrative therapy, mindfulness, body work and trauma recovery), I've found people (including myself) are most able to access their innate resilience, resourcefulness and well being when they have an understanding of how their human experience of life is created from the inside-out. As part of the conversations I have with people I share this understanding (commonly known as three principles, innate health, or the inside-out approach), in ways that makes sense and are helpful to them in navigating their lives and relationships.
People tell me they experience me to be down to earth, warm-hearted, humorous, challenging, non-judgemental, and compassionate. You, of course, will have your own experience of me, and that is why I invite you to have a free initial introductory conversation with me for 20 minutes by phone or online (via Zoom), so you can get a sense of how I am and whether you feel it will be helpful to work with me.
Depending on what works best for you, I offer a number of different packages for working together including regular 1 or 1.5 hourly sessions to several day long intensives.
I work with individuals, couples and groups. Sessions can take place indoors in a counselling room or outdoors, walking or sitting in secluded spaces.
I primarily see people in my studio in Littlehempston.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have been counselling and coaching since 2012 and am a registered member of the British association for counsellors and psychotherapists (MBACP) which means I abide by their ethics and requirements for supervision and training. I am also a 3 Principles based practitioner.
Educated to a doctorate level in social and organisational psychology, I have a specialist focus on people's resilience, motivation, and well being. Building on over 20 years experience working in humanitarian, health and social care organisations, I founded Frontline Resilience www.frontlineresilience.org.uk. A not-for-profit which provides training, consultancy and one to one support to people who work in health, social care and humanitarian organisations in areas such as resilience and well being, mindful leadership and conflict transformation.
Qualifications I hold include:
- PhD in Social and Organisational Psychology (University of Exeter)
- MSc Social Policy and planning in development
- BSocSc Social Anthropology
- Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Dartmoor Safe Space for Counselling)
Further training includes:
- 3 Principles Foundation Practitioner Training (One Thought)
- Narrative coaching (InterBe)
- Certificate in Group Analysis (Institute of Group Analysis)
- Rewind technique for post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks and phobias
- Working with survivors of sexual abuse (Dartmoor Counselling Service)
- Working with children and young people (Mind-Ed)
- Mindfulness (National Institute for the Clinical application of behavioural medicine)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Couples counselling
- Family Relationships
- Intimacy difficulties
- Child rearing
- Crisis of identity, loss of purpose and meaning
- Personal growth
- Strengthening resilience
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Existential therapy
Fees vary depending on the number of sessions or package you book.
A number of concession places are available.
Please contact me for more details.
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