Kimberly Bourne MBACP (Reg) Dip Counselling (BCPC)
There are times in life when emotional pain and distress can feel unmanageable to bear alone. You may be suffering a loss, finding a relationship difficult, feeling trapped, lost or dissatisfied with life and unable to make sense of what is happening. Whatever your reasons for seeking support at this time, it can help to talk with someone impartial who cares and is trained to listen but is set apart from family and friends. To ask for help takes courage and you will find that you are not alone.
I offer a warm, non-judgemental counselling space where you will be listened to thoughtfully and sensitively, so that you feel heard and safe to explore your personal concerns and feelings. I believe counselling can help you through whatever you are experiencing into discovering more freeing, fulfilling ways of being and living.
My practice is based in Wimborne and Blandford Forum where I provide time-limited or open-ended counselling for individuals. To contact me please call 07979 436996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About me and how I work.
I am a professionally qualified, experienced counsellor, having gained my Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling from the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling. I have a solid background of life experience which helps me understand about what we sometimes have to face in our lives and how that can affect us. I am a mother and granny and am especially interested in family relationships and the patterns and dynamics within them. My childhood was spent in the US followed by several years in Australia, which has helped me understand the impact of living in different countries and cultures.
My integrative approach draws on the main traditions within therapeutic thinking and practice, deeply valuing the counselling relationship as a means of helping you grow. I care about people and support you as an individual, working in a way that places you and your needs at the centre. I also work with a holistic understanding of the interconnection of emotions, mind, body and spirit, incorporating aspects of mindful awareness in the present.
The focus of the counselling is whatever is most important for you: you may want to work through a specific problem or crisis, or need support to resolve painful feelings, anxiety or inner conflict. We work alongside each other to bring about changes you would like to see in your life.
I have worked successfully with adults and young people in a variety of settings across a broad range of client issues including low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and various types of loss, relationship difficulties and life transitions. I have specialised training and experience supporting people of all ages who have been bereaved, which I continue within my private counselling practice.
I am currently a Visiting Counsellor at The Arts University Bournemouth where I have several years of specialised experience working with young adults, supporting them through challenges such as homesickness, loneliness, bullying, exam pressure, financial pressure, panic attacks, gender dysphoria, self harm and disordered eating. I am also a mentor at a local school and enjoy working 1-to-1 helping students develop their potential. I enjoy working creatively using images, shells, pebbles, drawings, etc which can enrich and deepen inner connection.
Our initial appointment would provide an opportunity to explore what brings you to counselling, to see how it would be for us to work together and if my way of working could be helpful to you. I currently charge £40 for an hour’s session normally held on a once weekly basis. I can offer flexible appointments but also see the value of regular commitment to the process of counselling.
If you would like to find out more about me and how counselling works, please feel free to contact me or visit my website at www.bournecounselling.co.uk.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Qualifications and Training
- BACP Accredited Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling, The Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling
(My research dissertation explored relational attachment and endings)
- BACP Accredited Certificate in Counselling Skills inc. Transactional Analysis 101/ Certificate in Counselling Concepts (Peter Symonds College ACE)
- Certificate in Bereavement Care, Cruse
- BA History (Hons US)
More recently, I have undertaken training in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy which I incorporate into my work where appropriate. I regularly update my knowledge and practice through continuing professional development training. I hold a current enhanced DBS Certificate for my work with young people and full professional insurance.