Counselling and Psychotherapy
I'm Kirsten, a BACP registered, Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist.
Whether you're looking for help coping with a particularly painful life event, are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, or are simply feeling lost and unable to find purpose and meaning, I provide a confidential, non-judgemental space where together we can explore your experience and work out how best to support you going forward.
My starting point is always to create the right conditions for you to be able to be yourself and to bring whatever is on your mind. There are no expectations of you - no rights or wrongs. We will work with what you feel able to bring, and at a pace that works best for you.
As an Integrative therapist, I am able to draw on a number of well-established therapeutic approaches. This enables me to shape the way we work around your particular needs and what it is you would like to get out of therapy.
The reality is that we often don’t allow the time or space needed to process our experiences fully.
Therapy encourages you to slow down for a moment and provides a confidential, compassionate environment where this processing can happen.
You may have noticed painful patterns in your life that keep repeating, or maybe early life experiences that are still impacting on the choices you make and the way you interact with others in the here and now.
You may simply want someone to accompany you during a particularly difficult time of your life. In therapy you no longer have to face things alone.
With a trained professional, whatever you bring can be explored without judgement, leading to greater self-awareness and an understanding of what is getting in the way of you living your life fully.
The new insight gained from the process, can improve self-esteem, build resilience, reveal hidden creativity, wisdom, and strength, and support you in finding new ways forward.
Issues that are often addressed in therapy include (but are certainly not limited to) the following:
Bereavement and loss
Life-stage transitions such as parenthood and mid-life
Post Natal Depression
Relationship difficulties and divorce
Issues around identity and belonging
Trauma - recent and historic
Chronic illness and pain.
Qualifications and experience
I currently see clients both privately in St Albans and within a London NHS Trust. I have also worked for several years in the Non-Profit sector, and at MIND.
I hold a Foundation in Psychodynamic Counselling from The Counselling Foundation, a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling, and am in the process of completing an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy from the Minster Centre in London.
My approach incorporates a number of different psychological theories, including, Psychodynamic, Person-centred, Existential, Body informed psychotherapy, Relational psychotherapy, and CBT. You can press on the link below if you would like to learn more about each of these modalities.
My particular Integrative training means that I take a holistic view of body and mind, focusing not only on what is thought and felt but also on what is happening physically. Our physical responses reveal a lot about what is going on for us, and being aware of, and re-connecting to our body can support healing and growth.
As a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I abide by their Ethical Framework for Counselling Professionals. This includes receiving regular clinical supervision and participating in on-going Continued Professional Development.
Reaching out for support, particularly to someone who is new to us, is often hard, and all the more so when we are struggling emotionally or feeling vulnerable.
I will try to make that first contact as easy for you as I can.
I like to offer prospective clients a brief initial telephone conversation, where we can work out whether you feel therapy is for you and also whether I am the right therapist to support you going forwards.
If, after our chat you feel you would like to explore therapy a little more, I will organise for an initial assessment session where we can arrange a regular weekly time when we can meet face-to-face. (At the present time, due to Covid-19, all therapy is either via Zoom or telephone)
If you feel that therapy might be useful and you would like to know more, you can get in touch using the contact form below and I will get back to you as soon as I can to find a convenient time to speak.
The Practical Stuff
I work with clients weekly, from a quiet, comfortable practise in St Albans, on both a short-term and open-ended basis.
Due to Covid-19, I am currently only offering therapy via Zoom or by telephone.
Sessions last 50 minutes and take place at the same time every week. (I am able to offer some flexibility for those working shifts)
The first assessment session is charged at £40. My fees thereafter are £60 per 50-minute session.
I am based in the Marshalswick area of St Albans. I will send you details of how to find me before we first meet. There is plenty of off-street parking should this be required.
Sadly, I am not currently able to provide wheelchair access.
As a professional Psychotherapist I take confidentiality particularly seriously. As such I abide by the ethical guidelines on confidentiality and GDPR, as laid out by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). To see details of my GDPR statement, please use the link below.