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Counselling Adults

Kirsty is a qualified 'Integrative' Counsellor & Psychotherapist which means she trained in a number of different theoretical approaches to counselling. Therefore in working with adults she is able to be responsive to each individual adjusting her therapeutic approach accordingly. Through gentle exploration within a non-judgmental, valuing and empathic relationship, Kirsty will enable you to express your feelings and bring clarity to your experience.

Counselling offers the opportunity to talk through whatever is going on for you in a private and safe setting, with someone who listens carefully and deeply to your experience. A counsellor will not tell you what to do or give you the answers to your questions but they will empower you to make your own decisions and to strive to reach your full potential. Kirsty will help you identify a ‘therapeutic aim’, which will help you focus on what you wish to achieve from your counselling sessions.

You can plan your sessions around your schedule with appointment times being available Monday to Saturday during office hours and evenings. Most people have weekly counselling sessions but Kirsty realises that this can be a difficult approach for some and is willing to adjust to fit in with the needs of the client.

For those of you who want the theoretical detail Kirsty's approach is largely Humanistic (Person Centred, Gestalt and Existential), with the core conditions of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard very much at the foundation of her work. A lot of her creative approach is placed within a Gestalt frame although she also integrates aspects of Psychodynamic Theory, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Systemic Theory, Solution Focused Approaches, Motivational and Psychoeducational Techniques. She also uses the Relational Integrative Model (RIM) by Ariana Faris and Els Van Ooijen (2012).

What is the process?

Central to Kirsty's approach is building a mutually collaborative counselling relationship which will empower, develop, inspire, encourage and invite new perspectives. By understanding and being aware of choice, you may decide to invite change into your life...counselling therefore has the potential to be a journey of discovery...your journey.

You will establish an aim with Kirsty when you meet for the first time, this will help provide an overall focus for your therapy. As you talk, you may find you explore other related aspects of life which will help you to make links and ‘put pieces together’, you might make connections you have never realised before. You may become more aware of your feelings and perhaps learn to manage difficult aspects of your life more comfortably.

Kirsty sometimes uses art, sandtray and other creative strategies to engage clients in being able to express their life story or emotional experience. For some, it can be hard to put things into words and working creatively is an empowering way of 'showing' how it feels to be you. However, Kirsty is aware that creativity is not for everyone and she will be sensitive to your can be just as powerful to gently and mindfully talk through your unique experiences. Your sessions are whatever you decide you would like them to be and there will be no pressure to be creative however, if you enjoy creative expression, then you are welcome to make use of this approach

How long?

Sometimes clients attend counselling for only a few sessions, sometimes they choose to attend for much longer. Kirsty will be led by your needs however, it is usual to have ‘an ending’ which is an arranged conclusion to therapy whether after only a couple of sessions or a longer period of time. There is no limit to the number of sessions you can attend although Kirsty will do a regular review roughly every 6 sessions to check your progress. It will be useful to review your progress in terms of your original aims, generally ‘an ending’ occurs naturally and is mutually discussed as your aims are hopefully gradually achieved. CORE outcome measures will also be used throughout your sessions, these are brief quentionnaires which plot any changes over the course of your therapy. Kirsty will review these outcomes with you, giving rise to a further level of reflection and awareness.

Contract, Boundaries and Confidentiality

When you meet with Kirsty for the first time she will run through a counselling contract with you. This will explain the professional boundaries which surround counselling, it will help you to understand what you can expect from your experience with Kirsty and to know this is a safe and private space. For instance, she will talk with you about practical issues such as parking, cost and length of each session as well as asking for information about previous counselling or any specific mental health treatment or diagnosis you may have had. Any information she asks you to disclose will be held with the deepest respect and within the usual boundaries of confidentiality, it will enable Kirsty to assess how best to help you and to be mindful of your individual needs.

Kirsty will also talk with you about confidentiality and how whatever you disclose in the session will remain confidential unless there is concern you may be at significant risk of harm, or someone you know may be at risk of harm. Kirsty will explore confidentiality in more depth with you when you meet so you are clear about the established and lawful limits of confidentiality. She is aware how important this aspect is to clients and how central this is to building the foundations of a trusting relationship.

If you feel you would like to know more then please telephone, text or email with your enquiry (contact), Kirsty understands that everyone’s story is unique and she will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.