Kalpna Hirani Counselling in Central London, Waterloo SE1

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Counselling Therapy in Central London, Southwark SE1, close to Waterloo and Lambeth North station

Fully registered and experienced
I’m a qualified therapeutic counsellor and registered member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy ("BACP" *).

These pages will lead you to how I can provide you with a personalised approach in supporting you with your emotional wellbeing and personal development. Please take a look around and read about what I offer and how I can be of help.

As your counsellor, my commitment to you is to be there to support and guide you to achieve your aims. I offer a confidential, safe and respectful space to enable you to explore your thoughts and feelings.

I am committed to my therapeutic practice and provide a professional and ethical service. I’m motivated and passionate about providing support to my clients and enabling them to find their way forward in life. I relish the opportunity to work with you.

How counselling can help
Sometimes we all need a little support, and counselling can provide this in a variety of ways.

Many seek counselling due to events or circumstances, which may have led to overwhelming challenge or confusion. The emotional impact caused as a result, needs to be addressed to enhance the quality of their lives. If left unchecked these can affect their wellbeing.

Others seek counselling not because they are depressed or traumatized or vulnerable but to enhance the quality of their lives, perhaps by finding meaning and purpose, improve their loving relationships or simply because they would like support in achieving the personal growth they are striving for.

Although it can sometimes feel scary to take the first step to reach out, learning to cope in healthier ways can make doing so more than worthwhile.

You don't need to continue to struggle on your own. Things can change if you seek help from a professional counsellor. The opportunity to talk uncensored to a nonbiased professional without fear of judgment or repercussions can be life-changing. Counselling can uncover your strengths and assist you in learning new skills that will allow you to deal with the challenges that arise in life.

I’ll support you with whatever may be troubling you or getting in the way of living a happy and fulfilled life.

I offer a free telephone consultation of up to 20 mins so you can ask any questions you may have and gain an understanding of how you might get the most out of our working relationship.

Get in touch and schedule the free telephone consultation now!

The sooner you get help, the faster you can get back to enjoying life. I can provide support in a personalised approach to emotional wellbeing and personal development.

My approach - what I can offer
My training in many different approaches enables me to bring together elements of different theories and ways of working. This is based on the idea that each person is an individual so one type of therapy does not fit everyone. I use a Person-centred approach as a basis of my counselling practice and bring in other theories to ensure that my approach is flexible and tailored to your needs.

We all have the ability to grow and change if the right conditions for growth are provided. I offer a compassionate, non-judgmental, empathic and warm environment to enable you to feel safe enough to self-explore. I do not diagnose or categorise. With me, you can be your true self and be honest about how you are really feeling.

Feeling truly heard and understood can be a powerful experience. By being in tune with how you as my client are feeling and by understanding your experiences, I will support you so that you can see a way forward with more focus and clarity and work towards a growing sense of inner peace and contentment.

Rather than tell you what to do or offer you advice, I will offer a supportive environment, being fully present, actively listening to your concerns and being respectful, so that any changes come from within you.

I will ensure that you feel sessions maintain direction and focus, empowering you to review progress regularly, always holding your autonomy in mind. My way of working is gentle but sufficiently challenging to help you grow. I work at a pace that suits you, and I offer a space to safely contain what you bring. As your counsellor, I will strive to create a relationship based on equality rather than being ‘in charge’.

Therapies I offer include:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety / Generalised anxiety disorder
  • Panic attacks
  • Anger management
  • Feeling sad
  • Post natal depression
  • Low self esteem
  • Parenting
  • Young people
  • Bullying
  • Relationships
  • Loneliness
  • Bullying

    I have a special interest in working with:

    Those who have gone through or are going through major life changes such as change at work or career, illness, personal loss, bereavement and grief, environmental shifts, menopause, loss of purpose, status or responsibility and challenges that come with relocation. We all face difficult life changing events at times like retirement, the loss of a job, a divorce, or the loss of a loved one. When difficulties such as these arise a short period of counselling can be helpful. Talking with a counsellor can be an effective way to process your feelings and work through any lingering unprocessed thoughts and emotions.

    Work related issues such as stress, career change, redundancy, conflict, dealing with retirement, burnout, illness and bullying. In our fast-paced society, more and more people find it challenging to juggle unrealistic work and home life demands. We frequently have to deal with high levels of daily stress, which negatively affects our physical and mental health. Many of our most common physical ailments, such as headaches, digestive problems, high blood pressure, insomnia, and an impaired immune system, can be attributed to stress. The same is true for many of our psychological issues, including anger, irritability, depression, and anxiety. Finding ways to lower our stress levels is therefore extremely important for our overall health.
    In 2018, I carried out primary research to investigate employees experience of emotional wellbeing in the workplace. This provided insight and a more diverse view which added to the prior knowledge, understanding and experience I had in this area.

    Personal Development – If you have concerns about how you feel about yourself, are feeling unworthy or ashamed for not being like how you imagined yourself, is this preventing you from living a more fulfilled life? Perhaps you may be doubting yourself which is hindering your capabilities and would like to feel more empowered to achieve your full potential. Would you like to simply explore ways to take better care of yourself and live a happy and fulfilled life? I can provide support so you are able to achieve your goals.

    Culture related issues - Expatriate & Multicultural Counselling

    Infertility – fertility treatment

    Stress, anxiety and panic attacks - The fight, flight or freeze response can be useful for our survival as the stress this induces within us, motivates us to keep ourselves safe. When we get stuck in the stress response too long due to feeling unsafe in our environment, it can potentially consume us to the point that we don’t see a way out and we feel engulfed in our anxiety response. At times this can manifest as a panic attack. If these issues are affecting your life there are things you can try that may help. Support is also available if you're finding it hard to cope with stress, anxiety or panic attacks.

    Depression, loneliness and sleep issues – Are your feelings of sadness and low mood stopping you from leading your normal life and making everything harder to do and seem less worthwhile? Do you feel numb, empty and that you can't see a way forward? Perhaps you feel isolated, alone and trapped in your head and unable to talk about how you are feeling to anyone around you. Loneliness interferes with sound, plentiful sleep and can be connected to feeling depressed. Depression is a very lonely and scary place to be stuck in. I can support you in finding your way out of this dark place.

    Relationship difficulties with friends, colleagues, partner or in your marriage, or in your romantic life may be challenging for you. Talking with a professional who has experience in providing support in these areas can be helpful. Perhaps your children have been misbehaving or you feel your teenage child is proving difficult to manage and you are at your wit’s end trying to figure out what to do. A counsellor can frequently provide you with some additional parenting tools to make your life easier.

    Student life - supporting young people with the stress and anxiety of exams and education, relationships, and social media.

    Issues relating to parenting

    Whatever issues you are facing, I will strive to work with you, to help you find a way forward. If you are interested in finding out more about what I offer, please take a look at my service and fees page. If you have any questions about how counselling and therapy could work for you, please do contact me.

    My training and qualifications
    I have a diploma in therapeutic counselling and training in counselling children and young people. I have regular CPD, clinical supervision and have had training in various approaches, such as Person-centred approach, Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and working creatively. Having the knowledge, skills and experience allows me the flexibility to use different approaches and provide a more personalised approach in response to client needs.

    I have an enhanced DBS certificate for working with young people and adults.

    In addition to my private practice in Central London locations, Southwark, close to Lambeth North and Waterloo stations, Euston, King’s Cross and London Bridge stations, I also work at a young people’s counselling service in West London. Student life can be challenging and I am experienced in supporting young people with the stress and anxiety of exams and education, relationships, and social media.

    * BACP is the largest professional body for counsellors in the UK and I abide by its ethical guidelines.

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