Psychological Therapy & Life Coaching (MSC, BACP Accred)
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A bit about me:
Hi, I'm Kirsty and I'm a BACP Accredited Psychological Therapist providing confidential online sessions. I’ve been working with clients for over 12 years and in mental health for 15 years. I'm a recognised provider for AXA PPP, AVIVA & Vitality Health insurance providers. I work with clients 18+
For me, the starting point for therapy is the therapeutic relationship, I can offer you a safe, non judgmental and empathic confidential space for you to begin to unpack whatever it is you want to work on whether that be feelings of anxiety or low mood. I understand it's really hard to seek out help, but by talking that first step and making contact, you are on the right road to making changes in your life.
Therapy can give you the space to begin to connect to painful feelings and safely process them, and can also give you the space to vocalise how you are feeling. Therapy can assist in helping you to feel more equipped to make any changes you'd like to make in your life.
People seek out therapy for lots of different reasons, be it feelings of anxiety or low mood, relationship issues, grief, stress, or a lack of direction to name a few. I'm happy to work in a short term way with you, and also longer term, this depends on the life issues you are bringing. I've got experience in working in both ways.
I have really varied therapeutic experiences and have worked in various universities with young people, specialist sexual trauma services within the NHS, a GP surgery, general psychiatric settings and various employee assistance programmes. I'm also a mentor at Glasgow University supporting students who have mental health issues. I have experience in working with people at lots of different stages in their life.
In the first session we will spend some time talking about what has brought you to therapy,
Ways of working
I can use a variety of different approaches that can help you to understand the difficulties you are experiencing in your life. We will work together to decide what therapeutic approach is best for you, we often require different things at different points in our lives and might use a combination of these. Having a starting point of a safe and non-judgemental relationship can help us to connect with our feelings, and can help us to safely process how we truly feel.
Person Centred Therapy
Person centred therapy provides you with a safe and non judgmental relationship, allowing you to freely express your emotions and feelings, and to bring them closer to your awareness. This can enable you to come to terms with feelings, and to begin to develop inner resources and different ways of coping. Person centred counselling can provide you with time and space to help you to begin to come to terms with the loss of a loved one.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helps you to recognise that negative thinking patterns can have an affect on how we feel and how we behave. The aim of therapy is to help you to challenge these negative thought patterns and behaviours. Overall, CBT aims to try and help you to work through negative thinking patterns to allow a more realistic way of viewing situations leading to more satisfying relationships with your self and others.
I am also trained in reiki level 1& 2.
Please do contact me start your journey today, or if you've any questions you'd like me to answer. I look forward to hearing from you, Kirsty.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Psychological Counselling (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Emotional Freedom technique- Tapping (EFT)(Level 1)
COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate (Centre of Therapy)
BA (hons) Psychology (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Reiki level 1&2
Working with Couples, Children and Families (Strathclyde University)
Working therapeutically with children (place2 be)
Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) (Level 1) (Strathclyde University)
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (Glasgow Caledonian University)
Advanced Humanistic Practice (Strathclyde University)
Mental Health First Aid (Penumbra)
CAMS suicide prevention model
In addition I am currently a Specialist Mental Health mentor at Glasgow University supporting students with mental health issues.
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)
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
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£60.00 per session
I offer a free telephone conversation before the first session to ensure best fit.
£60 per 1 hour counselling session.
£60 per 1 hour telephone counselling session
For every 6 sessions block booking you receive 10% off.
Cancellation charges to apply if the session is cancelled less with than 48 hours notice.
When I work
Online sessions- Day time Monday- Friday various times
I'm a recognised provider for AXA PPP, AVIVA & Vitality Health insurance providers.
Life coaching sessions also available. Please visit my website for further information at https://kirstygentleman.wixsite.com/psychologicaltherapy
To arrange a first session, please email me at email@example.com
Please do contact me if you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them.