Dr Kirstien Bjerregaard
I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor, and experienced life coach with a doctorate in social 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 a 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, separation and 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 trained 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 15 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 online via zoom or indoors in my counselling room in Littlehempston or outdoors, walking or sitting in secluded spaces.
I also offer online counselling and coaching to people via zoom which is an easy to use, confidential video calling platform.
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)
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Couples counselling
- Family Issues
- Separation and divorce
- Intimacy difficulties
- Child rearing
- Crisis of identity, loss of purpose and meaning
- Personal growth
- Strengthening resilience
Concessions offered for
Fees vary depending on the number of sessions or package you book.
Full rate is £95 per hour. When booked as packages = £85 per hour.
I offer a number of concessionary sessions during daytimes at £60 per hour.
Please contact me for more details.
Online counselling sessions available.