Meet the Therapist: Kim Coussell
What attracted you to become a therapist?
I was drawn to psychotherapy because it's a profession that makes a meaningful difference to people's day-to-day lives. It is rewarding and satisfying, and you never stop learning as a therapist.
Where did you train?
I'm currently in my final year of the diploma in counselling and psychotherapy at Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE), and have also studied at Birkbeck University of London.
Can you tell us about the type of therapy you practise?
I work as a trainee integrative transpersonal psychotherapist which means I have a "toolbox" of many different psychological approaches. The transpersonal underpins the therapy, it is a holistic way of working which honours all aspects of the person. It keeps in mind throughout a sense of their deeper self, and as yet unexplored potential.
How does transpersonal therapy help?
The transpersonal is a creative approach to therapeutic work. It is not unusual for me to work with visualisation, dreams and drawing. Often imaginary, particularly that which arises in our dreams, can take us deep within ourselves. Bypassing words can sometimes make expressing ourselves easier.
What type of people do you usually see?
My client age group over the years has ranged from 20-years-old to people in their retirement years. Most often the presenting issues are relational.
What do you like about being a therapist?
Psychotherapy is a hugely rewarding profession. For me it's a privilege to journey alongside someone on the road of exploration. I particularly enjoy sessions when clients have an Aha! moment; these breakthroughs in therapy are a treasure to witness.
What is less pleasant?
There's a tendency to work alone as a therapist, sometimes I do miss the social aspects of working in a team. For me it's important to network and stay in contact with friends I've trained alongside.
How long have you been with welldoing.org and what do you think of us?
I joined the platform a couple of months ago after a friend recommended welldoing.org. I really enjoy the articles, and I'm a big fan of Philippa Perry so particularly enjoyed her contributions!
Do you ever suggest books or apps to clients?
I tend to encourage clients to spend less time lost in their phones and suggest more physical ways to reduce stress and anxiety. However, I do recommend books when it feels appropriate.
What do you do for your own mental health?
I try and stay as active as possible, even on a cold winter day! I live on the coast and for me a trip to the seafront with a matcha latte in my hand is one of my favourite ways to relax.
You are a therapist in Dorset. What can you share with us about working in this area?
Having worked in London before moving to Dorset there is a noticeable difference in the client base. In London my clients were from all over the world, in Dorset you are much more likely to have clients who are from the local area.
What's your consultation room like?
I work in different locations so there is no opportunity to personalise the space. What is important to me in all the rooms I work is that they are warm and inviting.
What do you wish people knew about therapy?
How transformative it can be when you commit to the process. I think people can sometimes imagine it to be an overall upsetting experience, something to be endured. Although it is often challenging to face things that you haven't confronted before, the therapeutic space is also one where success can be celebrated and joyful moments shared.
There is also a sense of achievement having worked through something painful, so often we unearth qualities within ourselves that we may not have been conscious of before we embarked on the process.
What did you learn about yourself in therapy?
I've learnt to trust myself and my intuition so much more, and I feel I'm enjoying life more as a result.