I know that life is not always easy and sometimes it is hard to get past whatever obstacle is in your way. At VanLieshout Counselling I offer you space to explore what is set on your path, encourage you to find your own answers and a deeper understanding of yourself.

My Approach

The counselling approach I use is a combination of different talking therapies; my core model is Gestalt Counselling – a holistic approach integrating mind, body, soul and environment. You, as a whole person, connected within your world. You becoming aware of who you are and within that awareness, taking responsibility for where you might want to go. During our sessions, I probably invite you to participate in Creative Therapy – don’t worry if you can’t draw or don’t feel creative! It could be as simple as looking at the language you use or the dreams you might have.

Discover Your Values

From Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, we might work on discovering your values, on what you want out of life. We would be working towards accepting what is going on for you and setting sometimes challenging, although always achievable goals. I also might use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques – changing your thinking can change your behaviour and vice versa. Your therapy will always be based on a Person-Centred approach; you decide what you want to talk about, what you would like to work on.

Areas Of Expertise

From me, your therapist, you can expect care, honesty, and respect – without judgement – regardless of the issue you might be struggling with. If you are suffering from low mood, depression, anxiety, stress… If you have had a bereavement, no matter when this took place… If you have been diagnosed with a chronic illness or degenerative disease… If you want to sort out family or relationship issues… Even if you don’t know exactly what is bothering you… and you would like to talk to someone – please contact me.

About me..

Hiya, I am Kirsty Crawley – van Lieshout, from Dutch – Indonesian descent. I moved from The Netherlands to the UK in 2002 and have been living here ever since.

Previously I worked as a Chef and had to change career due to health reasons. After that I went from Receptionist to Secretary to HR Assistant to HR Manager to HR Consultant and Life Coach, and when I moved here, my paperwork did not translate..

So, I worked as a nanny for a while before I became a Customer Service Professional – it is a skill..

I have successfully completed a course in Life Coaching in 2010 to transfer my skills from Dutch to English, acquired a certificate in Counselling Skills in 2011, was awarded the Coach Award from the Institute of Customer Services in 2012 and qualified as a DipHE Gestalt Counsellor in 2014. I took part in an intensive course of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, before I passed my Integrative & Humanistic Counselling BA (hons) in 2015. And in 2021 I aquired an Advanced Diploma (level 7) in Counselling Supervision!

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their Ethical Framework. And I hold Professional Membership with the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science and the Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Besides having my own private practice, I previously worked for a Foster Care Home, counselling adolescents, and the Primary Care Counselling Service (NHS) in Southampton.

Well, that is all about me.. What about you?

Appointment Request

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