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AREAS OF SPECIALISM

Psychotherapy can support people with a variety of different issues. In my own practice, I specialise in supporting people to build their self-esteem and I also have particular interest in working with Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and issues relating to burnout, low confidence, body image, social anxiety, relationships and work-life balance. 

In addition, I have specialist training in facilitating therapy online and value the comfort and flexibility this can sometimes offer people. This specialist training grants me registration with the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO). I also have specialist training in Mindfulness-Based Interventions and experience using creative mediums as therapeutic tools in counselling

Kimberley Cunningham

The Person-Centred approach to counselling, which is my core training, considers three core qualities of the therapist : empathy, transparency, and unconditional acceptance. It is believed that the therapist embodying these core conditions in therapy, can facilitate a safe and empowering space for a person to explore themselves, to be curious, and to begin to build a loving and more accepting self-relationship too.

 

The gentleness of the approach aims to support you on your journey towards healing and self-acceptance, by facilitating a safe and empowering space for self-exploration. This approach also focusses on the client as the expert, believing that you have the ability to identify your strengths and nurture your self-relationship through curiosity, awareness and self-connection. By encouraging the client to take the lead in their journey, this can often facilitate powerful long-term changes in the self-relationship. 

I work with this approach as my foundation whilst also integrating Cognitive Behavioural Models of counselling, the practice of Mindfulness and creative tools, where this feels relevant to you.

People experience low self-esteem, or difficulties with self-esteem, for many different reasons (it would be hard to list them all here, and to consider every person's experience of this, as we are all so different). Therapy can offer a safe space to explore what 'self-esteem' and 'self-relationship' might mean to you, and what nurturing these parts might look like in your own life as well.

Part of my interest and experience in working with self-esteem comes from my previous work with clients in counselling, noticing how a nourishing and fulfilling self-relationship can create a strong foundation for healing and personal growth. Similarly, I have also been own my own healing journey with self-esteem too. 

Therapy for Self-Esteem

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