Psychological therapy for children,
teenagers and families
Dr Kirsty Collins
Can you tell me a bit about your background?
I am a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and the
British Psychological Society. Before joining The Oak Tree Practice, I have gathered
experience from working in a number of NHS teams over the past 5 years. I am currently
employed as a Specialist Clinical Psychologist within the NHS. I have developed both an
academic and skills based knowledge through my undergraduate degree, post graduate
Masters and Clinical Doctorate. I have experience of working with adults, children and
families, specialising in talking therapies for adults aged 18 and over. I offer therapy which
focuses on understanding issues which are affecting an individual now, but with space to
think about how this may also link with past difficulties. There is also space to think about a
person’s strengths and possibilities. I offer an integrated approach and tailor this to what is
agreed would be most important to an individual’s well-being.
What will it be like when I meet you?
The first meeting is an opportunity for me to introduce myself and explain how I work and
what I would be able to offer. This will also give an opportunity to talk about what is going on
for an individual and what they feel they could benefit addressing. I aim to create a space
where a person feels they are able to talk honestly and openly about their feelings and
thoughts. I value the need to have a non-judgemental space to explore challenging
experiences. The therapy I offer is based on a combined agreement between the individual
and myself, and is person centred.
What types of therapy do you use and what kind of difficulties do you help people with?
I use an integrative model which uses elements of psychodynamic psychotherapy, third
wave CBT, such as compassion focused therapy, as well as mentalisation based
approaches. This can mean focusing on one key difficulty or recognising and working on
issues which have wider implications. I have experience of working with a variety of
symptoms and difficulties including anxiety, depression, medically unexplained symptoms,
chronic pain and relationship difficulties.
What do you enjoy outside of psychology?
I enjoy cooking, traveling and exploring. I am also a keen runner, and try and get out and
about to run whenever possible. Music is also an important part of my life and I love going to
all variety of gigs.