Yes, your counselling and your coaching are about you.
But it’s hugely important to know something about the person sitting opposite you – that’s how relationships work. So here’s a bit more about me and if you have any questions, get in touch.
Counselling with someone who’s been there…
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin
Or maybe coaching’s your thing?
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin
I faced a lot of challenges growing up that affected my life, my relationships and my mental health. As a young adult, I felt pretty hopeless and knew I had to do something. Things had got as bad as they could when I went into counselling and I had no idea it would work. It took time to build trust and start to hope things would get better. My therapist was patient – even when it was tough and felt easier to give up. She understood that too!
Through her caring, support and love she helped me challenge the beliefs holding me back, recognise strengths I didn’t know I had and start to heal from past trauma. Back then I couldn’t have imagined my life now. She gave me the greatest gift – she gave me my life back. And the best way I’ve found to express my gratitude? Helping others do the same.
I believe that no-one should have to live with anxiety, depression, addiction, low self-esteem, ongoing relationship problems or the effects of abuse. Life is to be lived and can be so much more than you’re imagining right now…
It was about five years ago that I had my first experience of being coached. Very different from counselling but a similar relationship that helped me move through challenges. This time helping me achieve a long-held dream and actually start (and finish!) writing an ebook on counselling. It was such a motivating and positive experience that I remember thinking I’d like to share it with others. Five years later – here I am!
Years experience in counselling
Years experience in working with people
How I got here
One of my first jobs was in a pub and I loved it.
For me, there’s nothing better than working with people and hearing their stories (I think of it as part of my counselling training). In my early twenties I started working at a homeless hostel and learnt a huge amount from the people there. I enjoyed support work but knew I needed to get better at helping people change. I had people relying on me and wanted to do them justice.
Through studying and my own therapy, I fell in love with counselling.
It wasn’t an easy journey but it was hugely worthwhile. And after 12 years of support work (and 5 years in therapy) I got my first counselling job. I’ll never forget how excited I was, nor how lucky I felt, counselling jobs are rare and it was a huge validation for all my hard work.
So far, I’ve counselled with:-
- New Pathways (clients who’ve experienced rape and sexual abuse.)
- Cardiff Alcohol and Drug Team.
- Cardiff Council Employee Counselling Service.
- University of South Wales, (counselling students.)
I’ve led support groups and training for:-
- NAPAC a national charity that supports adults who experienced abuse in childhood.
And I’ve just written an Ebook on Counselling:-
- I wrote this to do my bit to address the misunderstanding (and sometimes stigma) of what counselling is and who it’s for. In jargon-free language and with plenty of examples, this full-length book guides you through the process of changing anything in counselling.
“Kirsty offers a great service all round. I’d highly recommend it – I don’t need counselling any more which is proof in itself.”
Qualifications & Professional Membership
- EMCC Accredited (European Mentoring & Coaching Council), Senior Practitioner in Coaching Qualification – OCT 2019 to present.
- Postgraduate Diploma, Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative) – JAN 2009
University of Wales, Newport
- Qualified Member of BACP (British Association of Counselling And Psychotherapy) – JAN 2009
The main professional body for counselling in the UK.
- BACP Accreditation Awarded – JULY 2013
Accredited status recognises experience and ethical practice in the field.
- I regularly attend ongoing training. So you get the most up-to-date service.
My Counselling & Coaching Style
Because all clients are different, I integrates three main styles of counselling and coaching – Person-centered, Psychodynamic and CBT. This means whatever difficulties you have (and which ever way you prefer to work) I’ll provide a service unique to you.
As my work, experience and self-development continue, I’m always learning new ways to help you so I also use (and I’m trained in):-
- Motivational Interviewing.
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
- ‘Tapping’ from EFT – Emotional Freedom technique.
And a little more
I’m a self-help junkie. New ways to beat stress, balance emotions and break-through old mindsets? Give me more of that! There’s always more we can learn about ourselves. And the good news? As my client, you’ll benefit from everything I’m discovering.
I never thought I’d be working for myself. I’ve always loved the services and working ‘on the front line’. Due to funding cuts and a lack of investment in counselling, my focus is now on my private practice and helping make counselling and coaching more accessible and understood. Counselling (and counsellors) have a huge amount of knowledge and it’s become my mission to share as much of this as I can.
I’m always talking to clients about the ways they relax, and unwind. Doing what you love is important for your health but it can be hard making time for it when you’re busy. Despite growing up in London I’m never happier these days than when I’m up a mountain or on the beach. So I make sure I schedule it in!
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