About me

Are you feeling alone, overwhelmed, lost or confused about which direction to take in life or stuck and don't know where to turn? Are you feeling generally anxious and stressed or struggling with more specific anxiety e.g. social anxiety / health anxiety? Are you struggling at home, with family issues, in your relationship or at work?  Have you experienced a relationship breakdown or a bereavement?  Or have you experienced physical, emotional, domestic or sexual abuse?   Is something that happened in your past impacting on your here and now relationships or your current enjoyment of life? It is completely normal to find things tough at times and you don’t have to struggle through it alone. No problem is too big, or too small for us to discuss. If it is impacting on your ability to enjoy life, then it's worth spending time to try and change it.

I provide a judgement free, confidential space to enable you to explore the issues which have brought you to therapy, at your own pace. It has been my experience that the client-therapist relationship is an essential part of growth and change. Therefore, in order for you to be able to get the most out of our time together it is important that you feel comfortable working with me as your therapist.  Please contact me and we can arrange a free initial consultation for us to discuss what has brought you to seek therapy and to enable you to make an informed decision about whether I am the person you wish to work with.  I focus on meeting the people I work with just as they are: rather than focussing on the label or diagnosis attached to the issue they are experiencing.  I work with an emphasis on supporting you to a greater understanding of yourself and your problems and enabling you to find solutions to facilitate change.

Our initial meeting is a chance for us to get to know each other and find out if working together is possible. We would also discuss your therapeutic goals, the number of sessions that feels right for you (it doesn't matter if you do not know this at this point) and check over my counselling contract.  A copy of this agreement will be forwarded to you in advance. It's purpose is to protect both of us and outlines the limits of confidentiality, my payment and cancellation policy.

The majority of people I work with do not know how long they wish to work together for when they come to their initial appointment. I therefore offer short, mid, and long-term psychotherapy to suit differing client’s needs and am happy to start off working open-ended with regular reviews held to discuss people’s requirements of the therapy. Sessions are 50 minutes in length and typically take place once a week.

I am an Integrative Psychotherapist (MSc), which means I have been trained in a variety of different psychotherapeutic theories and methods. Which ones I use depends on who I am working with. Within my work I utilise aspects of attachment theory, object relations, transactional analysis, gestalt, CBT, grounding techniques and mindfulness.  All of the approaches I use have certain things in common, the majority of them focus on early relational experiences (parents, caregivers, school peers, teachers, relatives) and the impact that these can have on how we relate to people in the here and now.   The other theme is the importance of the relationship between myself and the people I work with to explore any issues and facilitate change by building emotional capacity, greater self-awareness and resilience.  With greater self-awareness comes fresh perspectives that can help to empower us to make choices and bring about the changes we want to see in our lives. I therefore try and work in a flexible, collaborative way, alongside you, by adapting my approach to your therapeutic needs.

Currently I am offering face to face appointments in Nottingham City Centre on a Monday and online counselling via Zoom (a secure online service) or via the telephone on a Tuesday and Thursday.

Training, qualifications & experience

I graduated with a Masters in Integrative Psychotherapy from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Institute in 2019.  I received my Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute) in 2018

I completed a Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children with the charity Place2Be which is CPCAB accredited in 2020. 

I regularly attend additional training as part of my commitment to continuing professional development, recent courses attended include working with people with Eating Disorders, UKCP Covid-19 Online Working Guidance,  Disclosure, Safeguarding & the Criminal Justice Process -  Understanding your legal obligations to survivors of abuse, Working Therapeutically with Trans People, Understanding Autism, Asperger’s and ADHD and Counselling Clients on the Autistic Spectrum, Working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Single Session Therapy, Introduction to taking you Therapy Practice Outside and Working with the Mother Wound.

I have over six years experience working both in private practice and in charitable organisations, offering face to face counselling to adults and teenagers with a wide range of presenting issues including but not limited to anxiety, depression, generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety, health anxiety, relationship problems, bereavement, physical abuse, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, emotional abuse, coercive control, difficult family relationships, gender and sexual identity, trauma, loneliness and work issues. I also worked for several years providing telephone counselling to children and more recently I have been providing face to face counselling to children within a school setting.

Voluntary Work

Place2Be (working with primary school children)– September 2019 – July 2021

Leicester Counselling Centre – 2018 – 2020

Carers Federation 2014 - 2018

I am an accredited full clinical member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, an organisation which regulates counsellors and psychotherapists, promotes high standards of practice and by whose ethical standards I abide. I am also a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

I undertake regular personal therapy with a UKCP registered therapist and clinical supervision with a UKCP registered integrative supervisor, to ensure that I am providing an ethical and effective service for the people that I work with.

Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I worked within the Pharmaceutical Industry, providing IT solutions for clinical trials.   I managed a team of project managers across different global locations including Japan, China, Germany and France.  Before this role I worked in the hospitality industry.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

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Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Free initial 50 minute session

£45 per additional 50 minute individual session

I have some concession slots for trainee counsellors / psychotherapists and keyworkers, please ask regarding availability.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday 12pm - 8pm, Tuesday 9am - 5pm and Thursday 9am - 4.30pm in Nottingham City Centre, online or on the telephone.

Further information

The room is located close to all city centre travel links.  There is on-street parking on the Ropewalk for £1.20 an hour.

20 The Ropewalk
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG1 5DT

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS check

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My room in the city centre is on the first floor and there is no lift.

Online platforms

Zoom

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Kirsty Murray

Kirsty Murray