Kirsty Allen Adv Dip Couns MBACP
Lockdown update - I am back working like normal in the room, as well as my outdoor sessions
My name is Kirsty and I run my own private practice from Kingsdown. I have run my own practice for 15 years since leaving the NHS. My room is welcoming, quiet, comfortable, and conducive to the work of healing and change.
The relationship between myself and my clients is the MOST important factor of the work I do.
Your first appointment is where we can get to know each other, establish a rapport and identify the main issues you want to address. This first session can be daunting, the majority of my clients feel anxious in that hour before coming to see me. That is so normal!!!! I would be surprised at anyone who would not feel anxious before coming to meet a stranger to talk about in depth and personal issues you may not have ever shared with another human being.
Subsequent sessions and their frequency will depend on your needs. I am not a counsellor who makes you sign up to a certain amount of sessions. I work uniquely with each person. Some people see me once a year, some come every week, it all depends on what you need from me.
My work is confidential and non judgemental. I have experience of a wide range of issues from anxiety, depression, self harm, suicide, dark intrusive thoughts, addictions, and low self esteem.
I work with teenagers frequently and have a lot of experience of working alongside student support services in the local Grammar and Comprehensive schools. I work with teenagers who are excluded, county lines and have mental health issues. I tend to have a good rapport with teens. They open up to me as I am very honest, bring humour into sessions and they know I stick to confidentiality.
I counsel in a primary school one day a week and I also work one day a week in a local grammar school.
I also work with Counselling students who need personal therapy alongside their course. For this I do a discount. Please email me for this option.
I also am a supervisor and can supervise Counsellors work. Please email me for this option. I am on the supervisor part of this website for more information on how I work
I am also an Outdoors therapist and counsel one to one in outdoor walking sessions. This is very popular and a lot of people benefit from walking and talking in nature. These sessions are the same as how I usually work, but set on outdoor walks. I find walking helps clients process thoughts easier and also walking side by side helps some clients discuss difficult issues rather than face to face in a chair.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered member of BACP
BACP Accredited Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (NHS)
CPCAB Counselling Studies Level 3
CPCAB Counselling Skills Level 2
CPCAB Counselling Level 1
Other specialist courses undertaken;-
Psychology Of Addictions
Women in Danger
Sudden death of a child
Training the Soldier
Rape & Sexual Abuse
The Psychology & Neuroscience of Children & Teenagers with Dr Margot Sunderland
A single session integrated approach by Professor Windy Dryden
I have worked at Rethink Mental Health Charity and have also worked in a NHS Doctors Surgery. I now work in my own private practice.
I am also a Reiki & Reflexologist Practitioner and run this practice from my home.
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
Concessions offered for
Adults £45 for one hour session
Under 18's £35 for one hour session
£50 for couples for one hour session
Student Counsellors email for details
£35 Supervision for one hour
Do not Attends will be invoiced as it is a session that could have been used by someone who needs it. Obviously this does not apply to illness and letting me know before a session
I offer face to face (indoors and outdoors), telephone or skype sessions on a short term or long term basis, depending on your needs.
You can email me on email@example.com