Dr Kirsty Kennedy
I offer an experienced perspective on psychological wellbeing and difficulty. I consider myself a safe pair of hands and in my private practice clinic I provide a safe and confidential space in which to attend to psychological difficulty or distress. For most people there are times in life when we may find ourselves in emotional discomfort for a variety of reasons. Sometimes our ways of living need to be explored or reconsidered with compassion. Clinical psychology input is generally structured and time limited - often I suggest review after 4 sessions and treatment is typically between 10 and 20 sessions.
My background is as an NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. I am also a fully trained psychotherapist in the existential relational gestalt approach. My approach is to apply psychological theory in order to promote wellbeing and reduce distress in individuals and groups.
My specialist interests are life limiting illness and specialist palliative care. I am also interested in the effects of organisations on individuals and can work with issues around bullying, leadership and burnout.
I have 18 years experience of working in both physical and mental health settings in the NHS and private practice. I offer individual and couples psychological therapy using a variety of approaches including third wave CBT(Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Schema Therapy and relational psychotherapy.
My special interests have been adapting to living with serious physical health conditions and also living well whilst dying. I am interested in how our society treats mental health and the stigma and systems within which we live that worsen distress. I consider the impact of relationships; with ourselves, other people, workplaces, health services, which sometimes place the problem more firmly with the individual than necessary.
I also offer supervision, consultancy and training to organisations.
Training, qualifications & experience
Schema Therapy with complex cases (2017-2018)
ACT Intermediate Training, James Cook University Hospital (2015-2017)
Schwartz Round Facilitator Training, Point of Care Foundation (2015)
Embodied-relational psychotherapy (Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy) (2012-2016)
Doctor in Clinical Psychology Course, University of Leeds (2000-2003)
BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Northumbria (1995-1998)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
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Standard self referral rate is £90/hour for clinical psychology services.
I am registered with the main health insurance companies including BUPA, AXA and Aviva.
I practise from my clinic rooms in the Tadcaster Road and Bishopthorpe Road area of York. If you are interested then feel free to give me a ring for a free initial telephone consultation. I also use VSee or Skype for remote consultations.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available during working hours monday to friday. I also run an evening clinic on Tuesdays.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am included on the British Psychological Society (BPS) Register of Applied Psychology Supervisors (RAPPS) I offer supervision from my clinic room in York and online.