Kirsty Birnstiel Counselling Therapeutic counsellor in Ealing and Poole

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Therapeutic counselling in West London and Dorset

My therapeutic model:
My foundation is as a person-centred therapist, which means that I believe that we all have the capacity and the wisdom to resolve our difficulties and to improve our lives. Unfortunately this ability to know what is right for us can become blocked when we are in distress and have negative life experiences - particularly those that affect our sense of value or around feelings of shame.

In attend regular professional development training, seminars and events in order to enhance my professional practice.

My training:
I hold a BA (Hons) degree in Person-Centred Counselling from the University of Middlesex and a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling from the Metanoia Institute in London.

I am a fully qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Registered Member MBACP) and I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice and am professionally supervised. Please have a look at for more information.

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.

Certificate in CBT - The Grove, London
Certificate in Couples Counselling, Metanoia Institute
TA 101 certificate, Ironmill College, Poole

About me:
My career has been about working with other people and it is the thing that gives me the most reward and satisfaction. For many years I worked creatively within the media, had my own businesses and then eventually trained as a counsellor. I live with my partner and our child in Poole.

My own counselling experience:
I remember very well being a client for the first time. I didn't know what to expect so I understand that it takes courage to seek help. I found that to have the support and space to talk to someone outside of my family and friends was a relief. I wasn't being offered well-meaning advice but was being heard. I came out with more insight as to why I was behaving and feeling the way I did and had more clarity in how I wanted to be and live my life.

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