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Kirsty Walker BACP Accredited

BACP Accredited

I have been a working as a counsellor for 11 years, and during that time, I have always been a member of the BACP  – the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. My counselling practise is built around this framework and the ethics it sets out, putting the clients needs first and allowing me to provide a safe counselling environment.

On the 3rd June 2021, I achieved my BACP accreditation and I am now an accredited member of the BACP – MBACP (Accred). The accreditation is extensive, requiring a minimum number of counselling hours and years experience, ongoing CPD training, supervision as well as a number of pieces of written work that are submitted and marked, including case studies and reports explaining how I use counselling theories within my work.

Accreditation has always been a really important milestone for me to achieve as the scheme aims to recognise the achievement of high standards of knowledge, experience and development in counselling and psychotherapy which is what I have always aimed for. It is also designed to help clients, employers, practitioners and students to make an informed decision when choosing a therapist.

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Coronavirus update – June 2021

Due to the easing of coronavirus restrictions, Morgan Walker Counselling plans to return to face to face counselling in October, delivering counselling sessions from a new location in Peterborough.  Initially, I will be taking reservations for face to face counselling in October on a Friday only. These sessions will follow any government guidelines to offer a safe space for counselling to take place.

The new location for face to face counselling sessions will be 16 Crawthorne Road, Peterborough, PE1 4AB. The location is within walking distance of Peterborough town centre, so offers easy access to local residents as well and many transport links, including train and buses. Car parking is also available outside of the location.

If you would like to book a face to face counselling session, please email me at kirstywalker@morganwalkercounselling.co.uk

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Coronavirus update – March 2020

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Morgan Walker Counselling is taking measures to ensure the safety of clients by only delivering counselling sessions remotely, via video call or telephone. This will likely continue for a few months as the virus outbreak increases, but also in line with any further government advice and recommendations.

For existing and new clients, a guide to setup for video calling can be found here.

Setup is really easy and just involves installing an app on your smart device. If you are using a laptop with a webcam, you will not need to install any software to join the video call.

World Mental Health Day 2019

World Mental Health Day 2019

October 10th 2019 is World Mental Health Day. This year, World Mental Health Day focuses on suicide prevention and raising awareness of suicide around the world.

“Close to 800,000 people die by suicide every year. Furthermore, for each suicide, there are more than 20 suicide attempts. Suicides and suicide attempts have a ripple effect that impacts on families, friends, colleagues, communities and societies. Suicides are preventable. Much can be done to prevent suicide at individual, community and national levels.” – World Health Organisation

If you feel like you are struggling a Mental Health issue, please reach out and ask for help. If you would like to arrange an appointment to talk, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Mental Health Awareness Week Body Image

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place between 13th-19th May 2019 and the theme focused on this year is body image. It has been running since 2001 to raise awareness of mental health problems such as stress, relationships, loneliness, sleep, alcohol and friendship.

The Mental Health Foundation offer a lot of resources and information about how you can raise awareness and run your own events. Their supporters pack can be downloaded here.

To follow updates on stories and events, follow the hastags #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and #BeBodyKind on Twitter.

Some statistics from the Mental Health Foundation on why recognising mental health problems are so important :-

  • 68% of women and 57% of men with mental health problems are parents
  • Working people with mental health problems contribute £226m a year to the UK economy – that’s 12.1% of GDP
  • In 2017/8 mental health problems accounted for 15.4 million sick leave days in the UK

If you are think you suffer from or are struggling with a Mental Health problem, don’t be afraid to talk about it or ask for help. This is the first step to help in understanding it and helping you deal with the effects. If you would like to book a counselling appointment, please fill out this form or contact me here.

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Stress Awareness Month 2019

April is stress awareness month and it has been held every year since 1992. Increasing awareness of stress is really important as it affects millions of people in the UK and can have a profound impact on both our physical health and mental health.

Stress is ours bodies response to an event or situation that we may deal with and these events vary for everyone. Stress might be experienced by someone working hard towards a tight deadline at work and somebody completely different may experience stress from just experiencing something new. Everyone deals with stress differently and the effects can range vastly between us.

Some symptoms of stress include :

  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Sadness
  • Self doubt
  • Headaches
  • Indigestion
  • Rise in blood pressure
  • Isolating yourself
  • Increase intake of alcohol
  • Sleeping to little

Some things that can help you to deal with stress :

  • Talk about why your are feeling stressed
  • Build supportive relationships
  • Change your lifestyle
  • Exercise
  • Limit smoking and drinking alcohol
  • Learn to say no
  • Eat healthily

Counselling can help you deal with stress, giving you an outlet to discuss any problems or issues you are facing in your life. If you would like to arrange a counselling appointment, please contact me here.

Children's mental health

Children’s Mental Health Week

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week. You can follow the hashtag #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek on Twitter for useful links and information about this important topic.

Some of the statistics on children’s mental health are quite staggering, where on average, children and young people with mental health difficulties go ten years between first becoming unwell and getting any help. More information on this can been gathered from the centre for mental health’s website.

The Mental Health Foundation also have an interesting article on children’s mental health here, where an estimated 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24. This is a scary statistic and shows the need that more help is needed for children and younger people in regards to their mental health.

As a society, we need to target the stigma that surrounds mental health early on throughout education and make young people aware that it is important to talk about these issues and seek help at an early age.

Young Minds is another great resource for young people and parents to find out more information about mental help, the different types of mental health conditions and the help that is available.

If you are a parent or young person and would like to discuss counselling with Morgan Walker Counselling, please contact me here.

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Counselling in March, Peterborough, Ely, Whittlesey and Wisbech

Location location location with Morgan Walker Counselling.

Morgan Walker Counselling is a counselling service which works within the Cambridgeshire area. Morgan Walker Counselling was established in 2010 with my first location being at The New Queen Street Surgery, located in the heart of Whittlesey. Appointments which are offered within this GP surgery environment are initial assessments, individual counselling, couples counselling and young persons counselling. Appointments are available here on Monday to Friday daytime with evening appointments available on a Monday evening. With great parking and waiting areas New Queen Street surgery is friendly, warm and welcoming. For more information about the surgery please check out their website

Morgan Walker Counselling in 2011 decided to expand into Peterborough due to a demand for clients to attend sessions within the city. Morgan Walker Counselling works from a mid terrace counselling room just a short walk from the city centre. Morgan Walker Counselling offers initial assessments, individual counselling, couples counselling and young persons counselling from this therapeutic environment. Appointments are available here Friday daytime with evening appointments available Monday to Saturday. With car parking and train access being on its doorstep Peterborough practice has an easy, comfortable and private feel to it.

With Morgan Walker Counselling growing within Whittlesey and Peterborough I decided to branch out again and in late 2013 started to offer appointments within March and Wisbech. The March location is based at The March Podiatry Practice which is along the town’s High Street. Appointments which are offered within this podiatry environment are initial assessments, individual counselling, couples counselling and young persons counselling, along with the two groups run by Morgan Walker Counselling, Group Counselling for depression and Group Counselling for postnatal depression. Appointments are available here on Monday to Friday daytime with evening appointments available on a Monday & Thursday evening. Groups take place on a Monday afternoon and Friday morning. With friendly staff, easy parking and access March Podiatry is a ideal location to attend for counselling. For more information about The March Podiatry Practice please check out their website
My room in Wisbech is located within the Wisbech Library in the centre of Wisbech town. Appointments which are offered within this library environment are initial assessments, individual counselling, couples counselling and young persons counselling, along with the two groups run by Morgan Walker Counselling, Group Counselling for depression and Group Counselling for postnatal depression. Appointments are available here on Monday to Saturday daytime with no evening appointments available due to the opening hours of the Library. Groups take place on a Friday afternoon. For more information about the Library in Wisbech please check out their website

Morgan Walker Counselling next adventure came towards the beginning of 2016 with me setting up a counselling service within the library in the center of Ely. Appointments which are offered within this library environment are initial assessments, individual counselling, couples counselling and young persons counselling. Appointments are available here on a Thursday afternoon and Saturdays only. For more information about the Library in Wisbech please check out their website

For more information on all of my locations check out my counselling location’s page with information on each individual counselling location.

Depression Group Counselling

Depression Counselling Group in March & Wisbech

Depression, let’s start talking about it.

We all will experience low mood within our lifetime which can be caused by a life event or it can be due to living with Depression. Depression affects an estimated 350 million people around the world and is the most common mental health disorder in Britain, with 9% of people meeting criteria for diagnosis and fewer than half of those affected receiving treatment.

Depression can affect people in different ways and for me the most significant way is how isolated and alone it makes people. Friends who once were there are now moving on with their lives. The popping out for coffee together slowly stops, the invites are now few and far between and out of nowhere you are on your own and in the dark. I have worked with many people who shared with me how depression can keep them in bed or in their home for days and even weeks at a time. It can be hard to keep up with friendships and relationships with Depression hanging around your head. The thoughts and feelings can be so difficult at times that suicide has also become a thought and even an option to many.

Morgan Walker Counselling has created a Depression Counselling Group for men and women who experience low mood and Depression. Members attend to share with others their experiences and life with Depression. The group takes the same structure and format as a counselling session, with each group member being able to share their experience, to help them make sense and have a better understanding of themselves. The group process will help members gain an understanding and identify behaviours which might not be helpful for their personal grow. The group environment is to help and support each other with emotional difficulties by offering feedback to each other. This feedback could be support from myself or practical tips from others in the group who have experienced a similar problem themselves. The aim is to help members learn their own coping methods so they can manage difficulties as and when they arise. The group is also about being able to reach out and to help other group members, which will make group members feel less isolated and have a feeling of achievement when they help one another.

The counselling group is confidential, with an initial assessment being completed with all new group members. The group consists of a maximum of 6 members and myself. The group will take place every fortnight on the same day and at the same time for two hours.

The Counselling Group will take place in March & Wisbech. If you would like further information or would like to attend please contact me here.

Kirsty Walker BACP Accredited

BACP Accredited

I have been a working as a counsellor for 11 years, and during that time, I have always been a member of the BACP  – …

Covid Face Mask

Coronavirus update – June 2021

Due to the easing of coronavirus restrictions, Morgan Walker Counselling plans to return to face to face counselling in October, …

Coronavirus

Coronavirus update – March 2020

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Morgan Walker Counselling is taking measures to ensure the safety of clients by only delivering …