Kirsty Birnstiel Counselling Therapy in Ealing W5 & Poole BH12

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About counselling

Contacting a counsellor for the first time may feel like a huge step. You may be feeling embarrassed or scared about talking to a complete stranger about very personal things. This is totally understandable and I will do my best to put you at ease and can only reassure you that you are in a confidential and safe space to talk about anything.

What happens during the initial session?
It is very important to find the 'right fit' in terms of counsellor in order to feel it is ok to be vulnerable and to feel accepted for who you are.

The first session gives you the opportunity to meet me and ask any questions you may have before deciding if you want to continue with me as your counsellor. It also gives me a chance to find out more about you and what issues you are bringing as well as giving me an idea of your goals and expectations.

How often do I need to attend?
I always suggest that the initial 4 sessions are weekly. This is because what underpins any therapeutic work is the client/counsellor relationship. If the first sessions are spaced too far apart it can be difficult to build a relationship and to forge a bond.

Blocks of weekly sessions can really create positive change and much quicker because of this. I often compare counselling to swimming - you need to get into the pool properly to learn how to swim!

How many sessions might I need? How long will it take?
Some people come for 4 or 6 sessions, others between 4 months to years.
My aim is not to keep you in therapy for as long as possible, but to enable you to leave feeling stronger and able to cope with life as soon as you feel ready.

It is worth knowing that sometimes you might come out feeling worse initially then when you came in. This is part of the process as you might be talking about feelings you have pushed down for years.

How do I start?
Either text me on 07391091774 or email me on [email protected]

I look forward to hearing from you!



If you feel in need of immediate help - please call The Samaritans on 08457 909090.


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