Kirsty Taylor BA (Hons) MBACP MSC counselling and psychotherapy
Counselling is a confidential space to talk about and explore any issues that are causing you difficulty in your life. This can be something that has been troubling you for a while or something that’s happened recently. Whatever it may be, counselling is a talking therapy that lets you have time and space to explore.
I am a humanistic, person-centred counsellor which means that I believe you are the expert in your own life and that my role is to walk alongside you, helping you discover the strategies, tools and coping mechanisms that exist within you. I offer a totally non-judgemental space and the time is there to do what you want to with it; some weeks you may want to sit in silence, to work creatively to express yourself, to cry, to talk.
My desire is to understand and empathise with what you are going through, to give you as much time as you need to explore what’s going on for you and to work together to provide some answers. I use integrative methods as appropriate, so there may be times when it feels useful to use things from other counselling methodologies.
I work openly and honestly and aim to have a transparent relationship. We will have informal reviews, where we can both talk openly and safely about how things are going and if you are happy. A lot of the real work in therapy comes with being able to have honest conversations in a safe space.
I understand that it can feel overwhelming to ask for help. I aim to provide a relationship that is healing, helpful and equips you with the tools, greater understanding and knowledge of yourself to live your life in the way that feels best for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc in Psychotherapy and Counselling
Experience in Anxiety, low self-esteem, Bereavement, Career coaching, Depression, Eating disorders, generalised anxiety disorder, Health related issues, Leadership coaching, Loss, Relationships, Self-esteem, Sexuality, Stress, Women's issues, Work-related issues.
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
Anxiety, Bereavement, Career coaching, Depression, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Leadership coaching, Loss, Relationships, Self esteem, Sexuality, Stress, Women's issues, Work related issues
Weekday mornings and afternoons, and evenings although they are mostly booked up.
What to Expect in the first session
I am able to offer a free 30 minute introductory phone call for us to have an initial conversation and decide if we want to go ahead. It is really important that you feel comfortable, and absolutely ok if you decide not to go ahead. Counselling is an individual journey, and you usually know if you feel comfortable and safe. Equally, I will let you know if I don’t feel I am the right therapist for you as it is important we both feel we can work together.
It is preferable to do our first session face to face, but I understand this is not always possible due to busy lives and caring responsibilities and the current situation with COVID, so we can have a phone or a Zoom video call also. I am happy to work in the evenings and early mornings if this is helpful.
I usually explain a bit about the type of therapy I offer, how it might be to work together and what you can expect from me. Primarily, I aim to offer a safe and confidential space for you to talk about anything at all that you need to. Often, people like a bit of time and space to think about working together after an initial meeting, and that is no problem. I work at your pace and understand that it can be a big step to decide to start the counselling journey. If you feel happy and you would like to begin working together, we would fill in a simple contract together, go through some formalities around confidentiality and safeguarding and gather a little background information, we would then begin our journey together.