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About me

Hello. My name is Kirsty and I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor registered with the BACP.

My approach to counselling means providing you with a supportive and accepting space in which you feel able to explore your past and present thoughts, feelings, and experiences.

I work relationally, as I believe that the therapeutic relationship we build together in counselling is at the heart of the change and healing process. It is important to me that you feel heard, seen and valued as a unique individual and that your needs are explored and respected in our sessions.

Counselling offers an opportunity to explore and understand how we are feeling, how we relate to others and how we relate to ourselves. In gaining this awareness, we are able to connect to ourselves and others at a deeper level and experience changes in our lives.

If you are interested in beginning the counselling process, please get in touch using the email provided, or call and leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I am available.

Training, qualifications & experience

My experience includes counselling for bereavement, trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship issues and self-esteem.


  • BSc Hons in Integrative Counselling - Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling - Matrix College of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • BSc Hons in Psychology - University of York

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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Therapies offered


£40.00 per session

Additional information

My fees are £40 per 60-minute session.

Concessions may be available following individual discussion and consideration.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I offer face-to-face sessions on Fridays at Basepoint Business Centre in Ipswich and online sessions via Zoom on Wednesdays. I also have some evening availability on Thursdays.

Further information

I offer an initial 15-minute phone consultation free of charge to all potential clients. This gives us an opportunity to discuss your counselling needs and to check that we are suited to working together before we arrange our first session.

Basepoint Centre, 70-72 The Havens, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 9BF

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

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