My name is Kirsty Walker and I work as a counsellor within the Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Area. I have been working as a counsellor since 2008, qualifying in 2010 and setting up my own counselling practice this same year. I am also a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) BACP and work within the BACP Ethical Framework within all counselling sessions.
My path into counselling began back in 2005 when I started an introduction evening course. This was an interesting time for me as I began thinking about what path I wanted to pursue in my life. From attending this course, I realised I wanted to work with people, to support and help them and to make sense of life.
I started studying for my counselling qualification in 2007. I completed my training alongside working as a group work officer in a secure unit within the NHS, working with men with dangerous and severe personality disorders. During this period I began building my foundations as a therapist and focusing on who I am, stepping into the client’s chair and starting my own personal journey. This was a difficult but amazing time for me in my life, with many highs and lows to give me focus and energy.
I undertook counsellings placements as a trainee counsellor, gaining experience working with many different client groups including young people within a school and college, a counselling service and also with adult’s within a GP environment. During my training, I studied many theories from psychologists which I use with clients during sessions, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic, Transactional Analysis and Person Centered.
Once I became qualified I created my own counselling practice called Morgan Walker Counselling. I work in Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, offering counselling to young people, individuals and couples. I work with many different client issues ranging from relationship and family, life changes, domestic violence and sexual abuse, depression, anxiety and loss and grief.
For me, being a counsellor means making that voice feel heard, understood and not judged. It means giving to another as you wish to be received, with care, support and respect. To give yourself to another in a therapeutic manner will evoke change within the relationship and make that personal journey begin.