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MEET KIRSTEN

Psychological Assessment & Psychological Therapy, Psychological Expertise & Guidance

For people experiencing emotional difficulties and struggle with:

  • Relationships, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, current and past trauma, emotional neglect and abuse, emotional regulation.

  • Depression, the effects of loss, separation, divorce, parenting and co-parenting, difficult life transitions.

  • Substance misuse and dependency issues, low self-esteem, feelings of abandonment, rejection, guilt, shame, and anger, the effects of mental & physical illness.

  • The emotional challenges of personality disorder, bipolar disorder and hearing voices.

  • For people who want to use therapy for personal growth and self-development. Personal growth is a vital capacity in our lives which can be explored, facilitated and developed within the context of psychological work. It is about maturing our ability to reflect and be self-aware, to listen deeply, to discover and give voice to our needs, boundaries and values, to consider multiple perspectives, and to act in ways that are true to our deepest values.

Kirsten is a highly trained Clinical Psychologist and Accredited Psychotherapist. She has substantial training and experience in the following treatment modalities:

Kirsten Heynisch
Kirsten Heynisch
Chartered Clinical Psychologist,
Group Analytic Psychotherapist & Qualified Supervisor, Accredited
Practitioner of Mentalization Based Therapy

In her clinical practice, Kirsten integrates diverse and effective skills from these therapeutic models. The different therapeutic approaches have a good evidence base for their effectiveness and have been shown to work reliably and effectively for a wide range of psychological problems.

In the context of working and training in the field of psychology and mental health for over twenty five years, Kirsten has developed a clear and deep understanding of our complex inner world of thoughts and feelings and how these are reflected in our behaviours and actions. She has studied and is deeply aware of the profound connection between past and present relationships, and how these are related to our emotional strengths and vulnerabilities.

Kirsten brings empathy, curiosity, insight, clarity, responsiveness and a great deal of life and work experience to her clinical practice. She has a sound understanding of the complexities and challenges of life and our relationships in it. Kirsten is committed to support her clients in developing self-awareness, resilience, self-belief and moving towards unfolding their potential despite experiences of trauma and adversity.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch to arrange a 15 minute free of charge phone consultation.
Due to Social Distancing, my therapy group is now meeting weekly online. If you are interested in engaging in Group Therapy, this could be a very meaningful step at this particular time. Group Therapy is a powerful therapeutic medium. Online Group Therapy creates the rich opportunity for new group members to join from across the UK and possibly other countries. Please feel free to contact me to explore potential next steps.

Group Therapy

Group therapy is a psycho-therapeutic treatment within a carefully formed group, in which group members talk about their difficulties, their lives, and everything that matters to them.

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PTSD

Have you been through a difficult time following a car accident, an experience of violence or crime, or traumatic events within your working environment? Or, have you been involved in a natural or community disaster, like a flood, an earthquake or a fire?

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Borderline Personality Disorder

Are you struggling with managing your emotions, such as feelings of rejection, fear of abandonment, anger, loneliness, emptiness, sadness or heartbreak? Are you experiencing anxiety and depression? Are you feeling emotionally unstable sometimes, or most of the time?

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Depression Therapy

Do you have negative thoughts and feelings that seem to take over every part of your life, making it difficult to find joy in anything? Do you sometimes feel like disappearing into a black hole because you find life too difficult?

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WHAT CLIENTS SAY ABOUT KIRSTEN…

Loss, grief and shared reflections on complex family dynamics:

“I came to Kirsten for help in understanding and addressing some complex issues arising from my father’s death. I found that she took on board the issues quickly and through her skilful questioning, opened up new insights for me as I tracked back over several decades. Her observations stuck with me and enabled me to move to a more optimistic and positive frame with some clear intentions on what to do. It is work in progress but Kirsten provided a very valuable and safe space to reflect and work with these issues.”

A Mother’s Testmonial

“As the mother of a young person with years of mental health problems, starting from early adolescence and going into adulthood and after having tried different therapies with no success, I was desperately trying to find the therapeutic help that my daughter needed.
I searched for a psychologist on the internet; I was very lucky to come across Kirsten.
After a telephone conversation Kirsten gave us the opportunity to meet up and have an introductory meeting.
Kirsten listened to us attentively, she explained her approach to work and gave us her professional opinion.
My daughter started having weekly therapy sessions. As a mother I had to trust that my daughter was in the right hands and she certainly was.
With time it was obvious that a new door had opened up for my daughter: A new way of being herself and managing her condition took place whilst working in therapy with Kirsten.
The progress that my daughter achieved in managing her life and condition has been remarkable
The tools and skills that my daughter developed through therapy with Kirsten are still very much useful and put into practice when managing her daily life.
Kirsten has always been very understanding and cooperative in every way. She made herself available to talk to me about my daughter’s condition whenever needed and made me feel understood and supported.
I am very grateful to Kirsten for her professionalism and humanity.
As a parent I would not hesitate to recommend her.
The positive impact she has had in my daughter’s healing process has been life changing and that in itself is invaluable.”

A Client with Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms wrote this:

“I was referred to Kirsten by my employer’s occupational health provider following my attendance at a major incident – I work within the emergency services. Following the incident I was experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. I guess at the time I didn’t really know what I was feeling other than that I wasn’t right. As time went by I felt less and less in control of my feelings and emotions to the point that I wondered if I’d ever feel “normal” again. It felt as though a dark cloud was hanging over me. I wasn’t sleeping well and had vivid traumatic dreams and sometimes woke up crying. I had a fear around me that something bad was going to happen to my family and even had what I can only describe as out of body experiences where I could visualize people around me dying. The anxiety around those experiences was terrifying. I felt scared, isolated and worried that I would never be able to do my job again.
I started seeing Kirsten, ready to do whatever it took to feel a sense of control again. Initially, all I wanted was to feel better. After the first few sessions I not only felt better I was confident that with Kirsten’s help I would recover and I would be able to get back to work. One of my symptoms was avoidance. I became very good at avoiding my feelings and emotions around the incident doing whatever I could to avoid thinking about the traumatic experiences I had. Kirsten was very good at making me face up to and accept these experiences and let them be part of me. I never looked forward to my sessions with Kirsten because there was nowhere to hide. Kirsten asked the difficult questions; told me the truths others avoided; put me back to the incident to allow me to express the emotions that I couldn’t when I was there.
I have no doubt that without the work Kirsten and I did together I would not have made the progress I’ve made. But my time spent with Kirsten was more than achieving recovery. It was about building resilience, learning skills to better face trauma in the future. Kirsten has given me the gift of inner awareness and emotional maturity. The ability to not only accept my emotional vulnerabilities but to embrace them and not be afraid to allow those close to me to see them.”

The therapeutic Journey from long-standing Depression & Anxiety to Becoming an Autonomous Happy Person

“I started seeing Kirsten for one-to-one sessions after having suffered with depression and anxiety for a number of years. From the first meeting, Kirsten was incredibly supportive and understanding, helping me dismantle my own internal demons one by one.
Having not had much success previously with other therapies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), I was looking for someone who could help me dig deeper into the causes of my depression and anxiety in order to overcome them. With Kirsten’s guidance and encouragement, I was able to do just that.
Prior to our first meeting, for a long time I had struggled to engage with my emotions, but from the get-go Kirsten provided a safe environment in which I felt comfortable enough to open up and be vulnerable with those same emotions. Then, thanks to her keen insight (she manages to hit the nail on the head every time!), I began to understand what had led me to that point and how I could learn from it and move onward to better things.
After a year of one-to-one sessions with Kirsten, I joined a therapy group run by her. As someone who had always struggled to open up to others publicly, this was quite a daunting prospect, but Kirsten’s support along the way made the transition so much easier. With her facilitation, I was able to engage with others on a level I had never felt comfortable with before, and, very soon after joining, began to see the benefits. It was one of the most rewarding and valuable experiences of my life.
I spent two years attending group therapy with Kirsten and it would be impossible for me to count up all the ways in which it helped, but I know that I came out the other side stronger.
There aren’t enough words in the universe for me to describe how much Kirsten has helped me since we first met. I know I walked into our first session unemployed, financially dependent on others, feeling tired and overwhelmed by the world; and I left our last session as a happy independent individual ready to take on the world! I think that says it all.
I’ll be eternally grateful.”

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