Hello I’m Kirsty. I predominantly work as a Person-Centred Counsellor, allowing my clients time to explore what has bought them to counselling. I offer a safe, secure, confidential space to enable my clients to feel comfortable to unravel what is at the core of their feelings, which could be related to life experiences, or formed thoughts and patterns of behaviours. My hopes with my clients, is for my clients to find more comfortable ways of thinking about their life, to encourage them to gain self-confidence, and self-belief.
As a counsellor I adapt the way I work to suit each client, as every client is unique, and everyone works well with different approaches. I do this by integrating therapies to best suit the individual needs of each client. I have worked with both male and female clients who have been a variety of ages. I find that people come to counselling for many reasons, whereby they have reached a point in their life that they want some support in gaining some understanding of their reasons for accessing counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Counselling Skills Level 2
FdSc Counselling and Psychotherapy
BSc Hons Counselling
Understanding Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Level 2
Counselling Online CPD
Working with Bereavement and Complex Grief
Dysfunctional Family Counselling
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
During my studies, I undertook dual placement, one within an NHS setting, and the second with a young person’s mental health charity. Within the young person's mental health charity, I worked within a primary school supporting young children, and with the YMCA supporting young homeless people.
More recently alongside my private practice I work alongside a young persons charity counselling young people online, and with the Young Carers Organisation supporting Young Carers.
I have experience working with Depression, Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Addiction, Attachment and Loss, Relationship Issues, Bereavement, Trauma, Self-Harm, Suicide, Domestic Violence, Sexual/Physical and Emotional Abuse, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Having completed the course in Dysfunctional family counselling, I now have an understanding of family systems, and am able to practice this within my work.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
From £40.00 to £65.00
Concessions offered for
Individual Adult Counselling and Individual Child Counselling - £40 (per 50-minute session)
Evening and weekend sessions - £45 for individuals, £55 for couples, £65 for families (per 50-minute session)
Couples - £50 (per 50 minute sessions)
Families - £60 (per 50-minute session)
The sessions are generally at the same time and same place every week. I charge for missed sessions, as is customary counselling and psychotherapy practice. Exceptions are made for pre-arranged holidays or appointments.
Spaces available for face to face, telephone and online counselling.