Kirsty Birnstiel | Person-Centred Counsellor
|Alexandra Road Lower Parkstone
BH14 9EW Poole
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Welcome to my profile. I am a fully qualified person-centred counsellor working from my private practice in Poole, Dorset. My office is within easy reach of Parkstone, Westbourne and central Bournemouth.
Maybe you are looking for a counsellor to talk about a specific problem, or maybe things just aren't quite right at the moment. Whatever you are going through, I would like to help.
As a person-centred counsellor I believe that we all have the capacity and the wisdom to resolve our difficulties and to improve our lives, however this ability to know what is right for us can become blocked when we are in distress and have negative life experiences.
Warm, empathic and non-judgemental
I offer a warm, empathic and non-judgemental space for you to gently explore and develop a greater understanding of what’s going on in your life. We will work collaboratively and at your own pace.
I welcome clients from all different cultures, ages, sexualities and walks of life, and I can offer you support with a variety of problems including:
- Affairs and betrayals
- Cultural and integration issues
- Depression and low mood
- Desire for self-awareness
- Desire for personal development
- LGBT issues
- Pregnancy difficulties
- Work related issues
Entering therapy can be the first step to changing your life. You will learn more about yourself and gain more self-belief which will enable you to make positive changes and have clarity as to the causes of your problems.
I trained at Metanoia Institute and completed a Diploma in Person-centred counselling. I also hold a BA Hons from Middlesex University for Person-centred counselling. I have a CBT certificate from The Grove, London and a certificate in TA101 from Iron Mill College in Poole.
Outside of my private practice, I have experience of seeing clients from many different cultural and social backgrounds at Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Services (MCPS), The Counselling Partnership, Place2Be and Ealing Abbey Counselling Services (EACS). These are all not-for profit organisations providing low-cost counselling within the community.
I mostly work with clients suffering with anxiety, bereavement and relationship issues, but I also welcome clients dealing with other problems, or clients who just want to talk to someone outside of their day-to-day life.
I work online via Zoom or Skype.
Statement concerning the coronavirus pandemic
I follow government guidelines during Covid and when counselling face to face I ensure a 2m distance within the counselling room, I offer antibacterial handgel and masks are worn in communal areas.
Qualifications and registrations
- BA Hons in Person-centred counselling from Middlesex University (2016)
- Diploma in Person-centred counselling from Metanoia Institute (2016)
- CBT certificate from The Grove, London (2017)
- Certificate in TA101 from Iron Mill College, Poole (2018)
I am a registered member of the BACP, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Registered Member MBACP - 730664) and I am registered with the NCS, National Counselling Society.
I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice and am professionally supervised.
Areas of counselling I can help with
- ✓ Anxiety
- ✓ Being a perfectionist
- ✓ Being assertive
- ✓ Bereavement, grief, loss
- ✓ Bullying
- ✓ Burnout
- ✓ Communication
- ✓ Self confidence
- ✓ Depression
- ✓ Family problems
- ✓ Fear
- ✓ Feeling lonely
- ✓ Feeling sad
- ✓ Hoarding
- ✓ Hyperventilation
- ✓ Infertility
- ✓ Insecurity
- ✓ Jealousy
- ✓ Low self esteem
- ✓ Miscarriage
- ✓ Obsessive compulsive disorder
- ✓ Panic attack
- ✓ Panic disorder
- ✓ Performance anxiety
- ✓ Relationship issues
- ✓ Self-harm
- ✓ Sleep problems
- ✓ Social phobia
- ✓ Stress
- ✓ Workplace stress
- ✓ Worrying too much
- £45 per session (45 minutes)
Availability (Opening hours)
|Monday||08.30 - 18.00|
|Tuesday||08.30 - 18.00|
|Wednesday||08.30 - 18.00|
|Diversen:||Online and Skype counselling available too - please enquire|
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