Kirsty Coombs, Psychotherapist, PDip, FPC, BPC.
Hello and welcome to my counselling profile.
During the coronavirus outbreak, I am offering phone/Zoom sessions.
I am an experienced, professionally qualified and registered psychotherapist located in East London. My consulting room in Haggerston (E8) is just a short walk from Haggerston Overground and the nearby Dalston Kingsland Overground station. I work in private practice and worked for several years within the NHS at the City and Hackney Specialist Psychotherapy Service offering weekly therapy to adults.
I provide a safe space for you to explore things that are causing you concern. I work with clients from a variety of backgrounds and with wide range of issues and in private practice I welcome anyone who thinks that therapy might be of some help, whether you are just looking to have a few sessions to think about a specific issue or situation or would like to consider longer-term psychotherapy to work on more chronic or deep-rooted issues.
I understand that life can be challenging and we can all experience overwhelming and complex emotions and situations. My approach involves the therapist and the client working together to overcome a wide range of problems. This type of counselling and therapy doesn't offer advice but instead helps you to think about yourself and your relationships differently and to increase self-awareness. This can promote lasting change and improved well-being.
Many people find it helpful to talk to an empathic, objective, professional person outside of their family or circle of friends. Choosing the right therapist is important and involves finding someone you feel you can trust and work with. In my experience it is often the strength of the relationship between the client and the therapist which is the best indicator of a good therapeutic journey. For many people therapy can be an extremely rewarding experience.
Relationship difficulties, sexual problems, bereavement, illness, employment, managing low self-esteem, life-changes, stress, depression, anxiety are just some of the reasons you might want to try psychotherapy. Or perhaps you just feel that you would like to understand yourself better.
Please feel free to contact me directly with any queries or to arrange an initial appointment. This would give us the opportunity to meet each other and for you to tell me more about your situation and the support you feel you need at the moment.
We may decide to continue preliminary consultations for a few meetings. This gives us time to get to know each other, and for you to decide if you would like to begin therapy with me.
I will respond to you in good time and all correspondence between us will be confidential.
Training, qualifications & experience
I undertook my professional training at WPF Therapy, one of the leading academic and clinical institutions for Psychotherapy in the UK. I am also a registered member of the FPC ( Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling) and a member of the BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council.) I adhere to the professional code of ethics set out by these bodies.
Registered / Accredited
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British Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£60 for weekly 50 minute appointment(s).
I reserve a limited number of places for people on reduced incomes.