Kirsty is an Art Psychotherapist at The London Children’s Practice. Kirsty obtained her Masters in Art Psychotherapy at Roehampton University in London. Kirsty works primarily with children and adolescents.
Kirsty has experience working with children and adolescents in both primary and secondary schools, both as a freelance Art Psychotherapist and for children’s mental health organisations. Kirsty also has experience working for Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the NHS. She has worked with a wide range of issues including anxiety, stress, bereavement, family separation, domestic violence, fostering and adoptions, gender identity, exam stress and bullying. Kirsty uses art as a tool to unlock barriers and ease her clients into the sessions – finding that the medium of art can help children and young people to express themselves creatively when words either feel too difficult to voice, or are simply unobtainable.
Kirsty has worked extensively as a supervisor for both trainee and fully qualified counsellors and therapists. Kirsty strongly believes in the importance of regular supervision as a way to hold therapeutic boundaries and keep best practice. Kirsty works hard at holding the boundaries around her sessions, ensuring that confidentiality is held at the centre of the work – using child friendly language to ensure that her clients understand the boundaries around confidentiality, what this means, and her obligation to break this should there be any cause for concern. Kirsty believes that working closely with parents and carers truly helps the work – meeting with parents at the start for an initial assessment, the middle and the end of a child’s therapeutic journey and often speaking to parents ad hoc as and when appropriate.
Kirsty’s therapeutic approach is informed by both psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theories. Her sessions are client led – they’re a space for the child or young person to explore and express their feelings without judgment and at a pace dictated by them. Kirsty believes that much of the work takes place through the therapeutic relationship, which she carefully builds and nourishes – this is an area of special interest to her. Kirsty has attended various trainings; grief and the various manifestations of trauma were at the centre of many of these, and are another area of particular interest to her.
Kirsty is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. Outside of work, Kirsty enjoys working on her own art practice and cooking.