Providing client-centred, evidence-based practice with your goals at the heart of the therapy. Drawing on years of experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Person Centred Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Couples Counselling for Depression and Psychodynamic Therapy.
Therapy provides individuals with a regular time and space to talk through difficulties and emotions in an environment which is confidential and respectful. Rather than offering advice, the therapist listens and offers a psychological perspective which can enable the individual to access greater insight into the problem. This can be empowering, enabling the individual to deal with the difficulty or make changes if needed. Kirsten practices from an integrative stance, drawing on the following psychological perspectives in order to best meet the individual needs:
Kirsten holds full accreditation with the BABCP which recognises a high level of competence and expertise in the provision of CBT. CBT explores the relationship between unhelpful thoughts, behaviours and emotions which can influence each other in repetitive and unhelpful patterns, thus maintaining the problem and our distress. A CBT therapist aims to break this vicious cycle by employing a range of techniques aiming to teach the client how to manage problems and situations. For example, by evaluating and modifying unhelpful thinking to be adaptive and healthier and by exploring behavioural patterns and experimenting with new ways of being, emotional wellbeing can be improved. CBT has a fantastic evidence base for a wide range of mental health problems. This research has been carefully reviewed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), who provide independent, evidence-based recommendations for the NHS on the most effective treatment options for ill health.
CFT is often referred to as a ‘Third Wave CBT therapy’ and is again underpinned by science; in particular evolution and neuroscience. The therapy aims to promote mental wellbeing through helping the individual to develop a more self-compassionate stance. Research has shown that when we experience harsh environments or experiences which might be in childhood or later life; it can shape our view of ourselves, the world and heavily influence the way we then feel. We might in turn become very self-critical and can often try to manage how we feel with behaviours that potentially help initially but might go on to create more problems for us. CFT can help us to understand and make sense of our experiences in order to step back from these patterns that we find ourselves in. Through becoming more compassionate towards ourselves, we can soothe our distressing emotions and access a more considered approach to the challenges that we face.
Kirsten is gaining accreditation with the Tavistock who developed this therapy to improve recovery rates where a couple’s relationship plays a role in the depression. It might be that the relationship in some way contributes to the depression or that it has the potential to aid recovery. Over the twenty sessions, the therapy aims to reduce unhelpful interactions, builds emotional openness and connection, improves communication and behaviour, changes unhelpful cognitions and perceptions and helps the couple to find new ways of managing stresses.
PCT is a counselling approach which places great emphasis on the provision of certain therapeutic conditions including: unconditional positive regard, empathy and congruence (genuineness). This provides individuals with the opportunity to develop a sense of self and find their true positive potential. The therapist uses a non-directive approach to assist the individual in finding their own solutions to their problems.
Psychodynamic therapy values an exploration of an individual’s past which can help to make sense of how an individual feels and highlight unhelpful patterns of behaviour that might be being repeated. These processes can be largely unconscious and through developing insight, the individual is able to make changes.
Kirsten has provided Supervision to therapists for over 14 years across a variety of settings including the Prison Service, NHS and privately. She has completed further Supervisor training at Exeter University which is recognised by the BABCP and has supported therapists as trainees, in acquiring accreditation and as qualified practitioners. Supervision offers therapists a forum to reflect on all aspects of their professional practice. The aim is to promote personal wellbeing, professional development and client care.