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Here's what People Say about Kirsten

I recently had the privilege of being a guest on Kirsten Heynisch’s podcast(The Psychology, Mental Health & Coaching Podcast), and I must say, it was a truly transformative experience.

As a psychologist and mental health expert, Kirsten created a safe and nurturing space for me to share my personal journey of overcoming cancer and the valuable lessons I learned along the way.

From the moment we started recording, it was evident that Kirsten had done her homework.

She asked thoughtful and relevant questions that delved deep into the heart of my story, allowing me to share my experiences in a meaningful and authentic way.

What impressed me the most was her ability to listen attentively without interrupting, while still guiding the conversation in a direction that would resonate with her audience.

The atmosphere during the recording was exceptional.

Kirsten masterfully balanced the intensity of the subject matter with moments of lightness and humour.

It felt as if we were having a genuine and heartfelt conversation, rather than a scripted interview.

Her empathetic nature and genuine interest in my story created a sense of trust, enabling me to open up and share even the most vulnerable aspects of my journey.

One aspect that stood out to me was Kirsten’s skill in knowing when to transition from one topic to another.

She seamlessly guided the conversation, ensuring that no topic was dwelled upon excessively and that we covered a wide range of important aspects related to my transformational journey.

This not only kept the discussion engaging but also allowed me to share a holistic perspective on my experience.

I highly recommend Kirsten’s podcast to anyone seeking inspiration, personal growth, and a deeper understanding of mental health.

Her expertise in psychology and her ability to create a safe space for her guests make each episode a valuable resource for listeners.

I encourage you to get in touch with Kirsten, follow her, and subscribe to her podcast.

You won’t be disappointed!

Jon Ch. Henningsen,

Health Coach, Mentor, Educator

I met Kirsten last year as we both attended the AJC Coaching Career School. What I noticed immediately about Kirsten was her disarming authenticity, deep empathy and curious mind. She blew me away by her openness, her powerful presence and her natural warmth. I felt drawn to get to know Kirsten and was not surprised at all that she is an experienced psychologist, therapist and a leadership coach.

For anyone who is looking to grow and expand as a leader, who wants to reach a new level in their professional and personal life, who is facing difficult transitions or heading towards burnout, I recommend Kirsten with my fullest trust and confidence.

Kirsten is a master of her craft and this is why she creates an incredible impact with her clients. Truth to be told, she creates miracles for individuals, couples, families and whole organisations. Kirsten is one of the most wonderful and loving humans I know – working with her will change your life.


Dorothy Martin,

Coach, Speaker, Programme Facilitator

I have been Kirsten’s coach over the last 10 months, and she has been a pleasure to work with.

Kirsten is an exceptional coach, psychologist, and human being. She is incredibly insightful and an amazing listener. She brings high levels of curiosity, intuition and creativity to her work as well as being reflective and fun. These qualities make her uniquely equipped to develop a deep understanding of her clients.

Kirsten has not only acquired profound and valuable expertise as a psychologist and coach, but also as a leader and facilitator of groups. All of this, combined with her inspiring levels of commitment to her own development as a coach means she is creating powerful results for her clients.

I have no hesitation in recommending Kirsten to anyone who is considering working with her. Hire her while you still can because she on the way to building an amazing coaching practice and is going to be in big demand.

Peter McCammon,

Executive, Leadership and Life Coach

I have worked closely with Kirsten in group analysis for a number of years and have found her to be a gifted, highly intelligent and creative therapist. She is deeply knowledgeable about her subject yet is very human and empathic in the therapeutic encounter. Anyone lucky enough to work with her will learn a lot, will be gently challenged to be the best they can be and yet will feel supported throughout their journey.

Amelia Lyons,

Clinical Supervisor, Trainer, Balint Group Leader at NHS wales

Here's what Clients Say about Kirsten

“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 very valuable and safe space to reflect and work issues”.

Individual Client

INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOLOGY & COACHING PROGRAMME

“I started a 24-session psychology & coaching programme with Kirsten in September 2023.

It was wonderful to meet Kirsten at a time in my life where I needed to take some time out for personal and professional reflection and learning to approach the next phase of my life with a new kind of openness and kindness towards myself.

My desire was to continue to build my personal and professional relationships taking with me all my life experience to date but adding a new dimension which allowed me to approach life with a greater compassion for myself and others.

It has been extremely nurturing to work with Kirsten. She is an excellent listener, and she has created a safe and compassionate space for me to explore some of the challenges of my upbringing and my adult life. It has been a great privilege to take time out for myself and to share this with Kirsten who works with the upmost professionalism and care.

Kirsten is authentic, she embraces authenticity and is unafraid to challenge in a supportive and creative way. This really has allowed me to reflect and learn and make changes to how I approach situations and relationships and to work with my emotions in a more authentic way. In this way, I have learnt to reflect and understand my emotions rather than pushing them away and thinking that my feelings and emotions are unworthy of thought and exploration.

I have also enjoyed all the resources and learning that Kirsten has introduced me to through podcast, video, audio and books – there is much to get through, and these will form an excellent toolkit for moving forward both personally and professionally!”

GROUP BASED MIND MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME 

“In addition to my one-to-one work with Kirsten, I participated in the Book Reading & Mind Management Programme, which I highly recommend. In this context, Kirsten works with a group of approximately 12 individuals. We are reading the book ‘The Chimp Paradox’ together (about one chapter a week) with the opportunity to meet up remotely in regular group zoom calls to discuss our learning and to receive individual life coaching with participation from the group.

There is a high level of trust in the group, and everyone has been very supportive. The power of the group is that you can learn and reflect on the perspectives and experiences of others. In addition, you can experience and learn from Kirsten’s excellent and empathetic coaching skills as she guides the group. 

Kirsten is a warm and empathic person who genuinely wants to make a difference in the lives of her clients. She cares deeply about her work with her clients which shines through in the way she approaches the sessions and the way she communicates both in person and in writing. I have loved my sessions with Kirsten. There has always been plenty of food for thought after each session. I can recommend Kirsten to you with the fullest confidence. “

Elaine Parkinson, 
Educational Consultant & Former Senior Leader in Education, June 2024

“I started seeing Kirsten for psychology sessions at a time in my life when I was facing several challenges. I struggled with severe separation anxiety in relation to my son following a complicated and traumatic birth experience during COVID. In addition to this, I experienced sleep difficulties, depression, lack of self-esteem. I also had been diagnosed with a serious autoimmune disease.

During my time of working with Kirsten, I got to know myself on a much deeper level. I became aware of some unhealthy thought patterns and self-sabotaging habits. For example, I realised how my traumatic birth experience and the deeply stressful months after the birth had altered the way I went about life and my daily activities. Kirsten encouraged me to pause and reflect on the nature of my thoughts and feelings and the underlying meaning. I began to understand my world of feelings on a much deeper level. Kirsten introduced me to successful strategies to help develop new pathways to self-regulate in times of stress or emotional upset.

While my healing journey is continuing, I have achieved freedom along the way – the freedom to express myself authentically. Kirsten has given me a gift in creating a safe space for my thoughts and feelings. In this safe space, I was able to express, release, process and make sense of traumatic and challenging life experiences. It was very helpful to have the dedicated session time to focus and reflect on aspects of my life that I found challenging.

I would describe Kirsten as a guardian angel. She creates safety, listens deeply, guides and challenges with empathy and kindness. She supported me in connecting with my inner strengths and my authentic voice. During the process of working with Kirsten, I felt that I was able to flex and grow while she was gently watching over me. Her encouraging words will always stay with me.

If you consider working with Kirsten, I suggest, you jump in headfirst. It will be the best decision of your life.”

Kerry Morris, Educator & Mother, June 2024​

“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.

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 her private therapy group. 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.”

Individual Client

“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 visualise 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”.

Manager of an Ambulance Service

“As the mother of a young person with years of mental health problems, I was desperately trying to find the therapeutic help that my daughter needed. 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, which  is invaluable.” 

Mother of a Teenage Client