Kirsty Gentleman - Psychological Therapy & Life Coaching
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.
Do you feel stuck in life and not too sure how to make the changes you want? Are you ready to tap into your inner resources? I can help you by providing a safe and confidential space, to begin to challenge the negative self beliefs that are holding you back. 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. I can help you to feel more equipped to make any changes you'd like to make.
If you are feeling overwhelmed and anxious by life’s demands, especially in todays circumstances, I can help you to better manage the emotional stress of everyday life. I always aim to build a safe and confidential environment for you to begin to try and work through any issues you are having. Through experiencing a supportive non judgemental therapeutic relationship you can begin to make changes in your life, whatever these may be. Therapy can also give you the space to begin to connect to painful feelings and safely process them, and can give you the space to vocalise how you are feeling.
I hold a Masters degree in Psychological Counselling and I also have BA (Hons) in Psychology. I have varied therapeutic experiences and have worked in various universities, NHS departments, psychiatric settings and various employee assistance programmes. I can work with you in both short term or longer term, depending on what life experiences you are bringing. I work with individuals over 18 & you must be a UK resident to access online sessions.
Ways of working
I am trained in a variety of different approaches that can help you to understand the difficulties you are experiencing in your life. I have experience of working in brief therapy and more longer term open ended therapy. We will work together to decide what therapeutic approach is best for you, we often require different things at different points in our lives. Having a safe and non-judgemental environment can help us to connect with our feelings, and can help us to recognise the things in our life we want to change.
I can also offer a more structured solution focused way of working based on the cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) model, which aims to identify and challenge negative ways of thinking we have adopted and can help us to change behaviours that no longer serve us. Look below for further information:
Person Centred Therapy
Person centred therapy provides you with a safe and non judgmental relationship, allowing you to freely express any emotions and feelings. This will enable you to come to terms with negative feelings, which may have caused emotional problems, and to begin to develop inner resources and ways of coping. A safe and caring environment can help us to begin to connect with our feelings and can even help us to recognise the things in our life we might want to change. Additionally 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.
Feeling stuck & stagnant? Life Coaching can help you to step inside the right mindset and help you to create changes in your life. Sessions are goal focused and action based, and can help provide you with the space to bring clarity on how you would like your life to be. Life Coaching can help with area such as: work/career changes, work life balance issues, & personal development
Outwith counselling I run my own floristry business, I really enjoy working with flowers & being in nature. I also trained in reiki level 1& 2.
Contact me to start your proactive journey today, I look forward to hearing from you.
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 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
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£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.
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.