Kirstin Bicknell, MA, UKCP, MBACP, Individuals & Couples
I'm an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist offering therapy that's right for you. I provide a supportive, confidential environment for individuals and couples in a private home office room for you to explore and work through issues you are facing. I'm based in Elsworth, which is easily accessible from the A14 and A428 and provide off street parking. I'm currently only working online until guidance changes.
As an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist there are a number of elements that therapy may include. The ones we use will depend on what you want to work on and your preferences. These can involve:
- Exploring how you're feeling, why you're feeling that way and how you can manage challenging feelings.
- Exploring how your past influences your present. What we see as children can lead us to make assumptions about the world that we sometimes aren't aware of. Knowing some of the reasons you feel the way you do can help you move forwards.
- Exploring what blocks you from doing the things that make you happy.
- Exploring current relationship dynamics and what you can do to make positive changes whether that be with your family, partner or friends.
- Working with past trauma in a safe, contained manner.
- Exercises and specific strategies for you to take away to deal with areas you want to address such as building confidence and self-esteem, decreasing anxiety etc.
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) based techniques. Exploring negative thought patterns and using strategies to identify and change them.
- EMDR, the NHS recommended treatment for PTSD
I'm currently offering weekly one hour long counselling and psychotherapy sessions either long term or over a short term period, (6 - 12 weeks).
For couples I offer relationship counselling providing a confidential space to work through relationship issues. This may be to build a stronger relationship, work through difficulties or to work with a relationship ending.
I am a fully accredited member of the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and am DBS checked. As well as my private counselling experience I worked for Lawrence Way Community Counselling Service providing short term counselling through NHS GP referrals in Cambridge between 2010 and 2019. I have the NHS NICE recognised Certificate in Counselling for Depression and a Certificate in Couples Counselling.
I also offer low cost counselling with Cambridgeshire Consultancy in Counselling http://www.cambridgeshirecounselling.org.uk/ (NB you would not necessarily see me as a counsellor through CCC).
Training, qualifications & experience
Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling MA, Minster Centre, Middlesex University accredited (2015)
Advance Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, Minster Centre (2015)
Integrative Counselling Diploma, Minster Centre (2011)
Counselling for Depression Certificate (2015)
EMDR training part one and two (2020)
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£55 per session for individuals, £65 per session for couples
Initial consultation for reduced fee: £35 for individuals, £45 for couples
Weekday and evening appointments available
For my full terms and conditions so you can make an informed decision about whether counselling with me might be for you, please see my website (listed above).
Private home office with ramped access, off street parking in front of home office.