Kalpna Hirani

Counselling & Psychotherapy in Rickmansworth (WD3) & Online counselling

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Welcome. I’m glad you stopped by. The information below explains how I can provide you with Mental health support and help with personal development.


My name is Kalpna Hirani and I am a qualified and experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist based in Rickmansworth (WD3) near Watford, Hertfordshire. I provide individual counselling and psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), online counselling and in-person / face to face counselling and psychotherapy.


I can offer in-person / face to face counselling and psychotherapy sessions in Rickmansworth (WD3), near Watford, Hertfordshire. Its a short distance from parts of Hillingdon (Ruislip, Northwood) and Buckinghamshire (Chalfont, Amersham).


For those living further afield in London, rest of the UK, Europe or rest of the world, I offer online counselling. In addition, to online counselling, I offer telephone counselling to those in the UK.


There are many experiences that life may present you with. Sometimes, you may experience sadness, stress, loneliness, depression, anxiety and you may feel overwhelmed by these challenges and wish to speak to someone. It doesn't have to be a massive 'trauma' event that has happened to you. You may just want to talk about how you feel, or you might want to explore your relationships or maybe you’re not quite sure how an event or experience may have impacted your life so require some mental health support. No matter what you’re going through, or struggling, there is hope.


It's no fun feeling down or stuck and struggling, not knowing which way to turn. There is a happier person inside you trying to get out. As a counsellor and psychotherapist, I have the expertise to help you explore and work through your problems so you can find that happy person inside you. Just give me a call or Email to contact me. 

Sometimes it just makes sense to reach out for professional help rather than struggling on your own. Just contact me to book a 15 minutes free introductory telephone consultation and I can explain how I work, from here we decide if we are comfortable with the idea of working together! I totally understand that the first call to say you need therapy can be hard. But give it a go. Just call me. I understand.


My goal as a counsellor and psychotherapist is to provide mental health support, ensure you are equipped with the best strategies to help improve your mental health and maintain your psychological wellbeing. I work together with you, exploring your experiences, thoughts and feelings and the space I provide will always be confidential, compassionate and empathic where you can get the help and support that’s suitably tailored for you.


These pages will lead you to how I can provide you with a personalised approach, tailored to specifically to you to provide you with mental health support and personal development. To find out more, please take a look around and read about how I can be of help.

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You're in safe hands

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Accredited by it. BACP has awarded me the mark of accreditation to indicate that I have met a high standard of knowledge, experience, and development in counselling and psychotherapy. It signifies several things for clients and employers:

  • Competency and Ethics: my practice is governed by BACP's Ethical Framework, ensuring that I'm practicing ethically following their ethical code, which is designed to safeguard and protect you. It also means that I'm committed to making you my primary concern while we are working.
  • Trust and Confidence: I can provide clients with greater trust and confidence when entering therapy, knowing I have been vetted by a reputable organisation.
  • Qualified Professionals: It indicates that have undertaken extensive training and met a high degree of expertise and skills, been through a rigorous process involving an assessment of my qualifications, adherence to ethical standards and years of experience in clinical practice that I have accumulated to provide you with the best help and support. It assures you that you are working with a clinically competent, professionally experienced and supervised psychotherapist.

I offer a compassionate, non-judgemental, empathic and warm therapeutic environment to enable you to feel safe enough to express your inner deeper thoughts and feelings. With me, you can be your true self and be honest about how you are really feeling.

My commitment to you is to support you and provide a safe therapy space, free of judgement where you can reflect, to empower you to identify and work through your emotional difficulties, and enabling you to find a way forward in life that you feel is right for you. I will ensure that you feel sessions maintain direction and focus, empowering you to review your progress in therapy 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 and psychotherapist, I will strive to create a relationship based on equality rather than being ‘in charge’.


Issues I can help with

I have specifically trained and have extensive experience in helping people who struggle with;

  • Anxiety disorders, Panic Attacks, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Health and Social anxiety
  • Depression, or have low mood, feelings of sadness, loneliness and isolation
  • Trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD (C-PTSD)
  • Counselling for survivors of abuse including childhood sexual abuse, physical abuse, or emotional abuse
  • Sleep issues
  • Relationships issues
  • Anger management
  • Low self esteem and confidence
  • Life changes and transitions
  • Personal Development
  • Expatriate & Cultural Counselling - I work online with many international clients.

Additionally, people also choose me as their counsellor when they need help with stress management including Work Related Stress. I’ve carried out research in this area so is an area of special interest.

So if any of these are affecting you, please feel free to call and we can explore how I can help.



My approach

I offer a confidential, supportive and respectful space to enable you to explore your emotions and aspects of your life, openly and freely. I will support you to develop your awareness, empowering you to bring about effective change that you feel is right for you, so you can be the best person that you can be. 


As your counsellor, I can provide support in a personalised approach to emotional wellbeing and personal development, by being in tune with how you are feeling and by understanding your experiences. Sometimes it may be some clarity as well as self-compassion that will shift how you feel and respond to yourself. I will support you so that you can see a way forward and work towards a growing sense of inner peace and contentment, with more focus and clarity.


The basis of my counselling practice is Person Centred which means my approach is non judgemental and I work with integrity, authenticity, empathy and compassion. In addition, I will use my experience and training in many different approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Transactional Analysis (TA) etc, and I can work creatively to ensure that my approach is flexible and tailored to the needs of each individual. I do not diagnose or categorise - I see therapy less as a “cure” but more as a process which sets something in motion. My way of working is based on the idea that each person is an individual so one type of therapy doesn't fit everyone. I tailor my approach to clients rather than expect the client to fit into my therapeutic approach.



Format of sessions on offer

I'm offering in person / face to face counselling in Rickmansworth (WD3) area near Watford in Hertfordshire. My location is within easy reach of Rickmansworth station, and the M25. It is in Hertfordshire and the borders of Buckinghamshire, Hillingdon and Harrow, so convenient for those in Ruislip, Pinner, Northwood, Watford, Uxbridge, Chalfont, Sarratt, Amersham and St Albans.


Having had BACP approved training for telephone and online counselling, ensuring that I'm suitably skilled and experienced in the use of live video-based technologies, to offer online counselling. I offer telephone or online counselling via video meetings for those in the South East London SE1 area, the rest of UK, Europe and worldwide. Fortunately, successful therapy can be delivered as online counselling and I have been working in this way for some time, so you can be in the comfort and safety of your own home without the need to travel.


Many people find online sessions for counselling and psychotherapy useful and empowering as they can feel safe and more in control by being in their own physical space. It also allows much more flexibility in booking days and times to support your needs, especially if you are confined at home or have time restraints. Get in touch and I would be pleased to help you and answer any questions you may have.

I have experience of working as a therapist within a private school (RMS) and organisations such as Signpost - an agency in Hertfordshire and Link which falls under Hillingdon council's Early intervention programme, both provide counselling and other support to help young people and families. 

I'm an Anxiety approved therapist.

Get in touch

Its not always easy to create change on your own. A little support can help create the change a little faster. You do not have to wait until it gets really bad to ask for the help you need. Whatever issues you are facing, I will strive to work with you and help you find a way forward. Contact me to find out a bit more about how I can help you. If you don't even try you will never know. You can find ways to get in touch on my Contact page, or you can complete Email contact.

"If you’re struggling with anxiety, you’re not alone. Nearly half (49%) of the UK population have experienced anxiety in the past five years, according to our 2023 Public Perceptions Survey. It’s the UK’s most common mental health problem.. - quote from BACP

I am a professional member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP *) BACP This is the largest professional body for counsellors in the UK. The main purpose of the BACP Register is to protect the public and help them find therapists they can trust. It aims to reassure clients, that a BACP registered practitioner adheres to high standards of safe and ethical practice.



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