Psychologists

Kirsty Kennedy

Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist

BSc (Hons), CPsychol, AFBPSs, DipGPTI

Dr Kirsty Kennedy is a British Psychological Society chartered and Health and Care Professions Council registered clinical psychologist since 2003 as well as dual qualification as a relational psychotherapist.  An experienced clinician, in addition to her independent practice, she has worked in healthcare over the last 18 years encompassing both NHS mental health services and consultant level input within Medical Psychology department of James Cook University Hospital.

Clinical Interests

Kirsty’s special interests include:

  • Mental health difficulties, including anxiety, depression, trauma, obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Living well with physical health conditions, including cancer and chronic pain.
  • Difficulties around death and dying
  • Complex difficulties with weight management including bariatric surgery
  • Maximising interpersonal skills, particularly where there are difficulties in relating to others
  • Occupational stress, burnout, job satisfaction and coping strategies
  • Personal wellbeing, to get more out of life.

Psychological Therapy (Individuals, Couples and Families)

Clinical Psychologists are trained to doctoral level in a number of different evidence based models and across a range of specialties.  Kirsty will use a combination of approaches to best fit the person and their situation following a collaborative assessment.   Usually this will involve a third generation Cognitive Behavioural approach known as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and a relative of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) known as Schema Therapy.  She can also work within a more psychotherapeutic exploratory framework, depending on what is required.

‘I place a great emphasis on reflective practice and compassion in all of my work; much of my post-qualification training has been with this in mind.  Whilst I take an expert approach, I also practise the philosophical position of ‘fellow traveller’ in that none of us are immune to struggle.  The relational-existential approach in which I spent a further six years training allows me to harness this therapeutically and theoretically and which provides a highly specialised angle.

I have heard many struggles and many people in difficult positions over the years.  My grounding in NHS mental health has allowed for a good understanding of the healthcare system around this.  Working in specialist palliative care/ end of life care is a great passion and having worked clinically in this area it teaches you how to be able to listen and talk about anything’

Teaching

Kirsty is a Visiting Lecturer at Teesside University for the Doctor of Clinical Psychology Course and the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies chronic health condition unit.  She has provided workshops to staff in a variety of settings and can be approached to develop bespoke teaching and workshops.

Medico-legal and agency work

Kirsty can provide medico-legal reports for solicitors or the courts for psychological injuries following road traffic accidents, industrial accidents, assaults or other incidents with traumatic consequences. It is also possible to provide psychological reports for occupational health and human resource departments.

Fees

Fees vary according to the nature and setting of the work and can be discussed on enquiry. Kirsty is registered with all the major health insurers such as AXA and Bupa who may cover the cost of treatment.  There are a limited number of spaces for longer term psychotherapy with lower rates.

 

For more information about Kirsty go to her website at  drkirstykennedy.co.uk  or to contact Kirsty or book an appointment email her on  kennedys.kirsty@gmail.com  or telephone her on 07954996360