Whatever
can take us down, 
can also take us up

Combining psychology and  hypnotherapy to help you overcome your personal life and mental health challenges.

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Hello,

I am a qualified psychologist. My background is in developmental psychology and pathways into psychopathology - what goes on in our brain in the early years and how we learn to respond in our own unique way to circumstances in our life.

I adhere to the British Psychological Society (BPS) and United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) ethical guidelines.  

 

I have 15 years experience helping individuals experiencing mental health difficulties such as depression, social anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, early family adversity, relocation, living with Asperger's and ADHD, mood and personality disorders, anger, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties or more generally finding meaning in life. 

My approach

My approach is integrative, informed by evidence based psychological therapies (Mindfulness, CBT, ACT, DBT), person centred counselling and hypnotherapy. I see my role as guiding you through your process of self-discovery, to enable emotional healing and the integration of your Self. 

What to expect

There is a general misconception that hypnosis involves some loss of control. In reality, all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. I will guide you into it safely.

 

As a rule of thumb, during sessions, we will spend time exploring your issue and based on this information, I will prepare different hypnotic scripts, according to what you need, to bring your unconscious emotional drives into awareness, resolve potential unconscious conflicts and activate your personal transformative mechanisms. Most people find the state of hypnosis enjoyable and relaxing.

Short focused therapy may be for you if you want to resolve a specific issue, for example if you have identified a pattern you would like to change. 

 

Longer term work may be right for you if you are going through a difficult time and need ongoing support, or if you are interested in unpacking the impact of your life's events on you and your way of responding, to regain a sense of control over yourself and your life. 

Taking the first step

If you wish you can book a chat, this will give you the opportunity to ask any question you have and see if you feel comfortable working with me. In the initial assessment, we will discuss what brings you to therapy, with no obligation at this stage, as I recommend that you take time to consider whether you are ready for therapy and whether we are a good fit.

 

I offer sessions in English or French, online or face-to-face following Covid-19 guidance. To find out more or discuss your personal issue, please contact me on 078 38 16 99 23.

Ivy Kirk,

MSc CAMH, MSc Dev Sc, BSc Psych.

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Welcome to my therapy room.

Mental health services

I have 15 years experience helping individuals with a wide range of mental health and personal difficulties: depression, social anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, early trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence, relocation, living with Asperger's and ADHD, personality disorders, anger, relationship difficulties, or more generally finding meaning in life. 

I offer short term goal orientated therapy to resolve specific issues, for example if you have identified a behaviour you would like to change. Long term open ended therapy may be for you, for example if you are going through a difficult time and need ongoing support or if you are interested in exploring yourself at a deeper level. 

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Stress and anxiety

Hypnosis induces a 'rest and digest' response that deactivates the neurobiological reactions to stress we experience in our day to day life.

 

Repetitive high levels of stress may lead to anxiety related difficulties, which could manifest in a variety of ways, including sleep difficulty, obsessive or addictive behaviours, tension pains and headaches etc.

 

I use hypnotherapy as an effective way to manage stress and protect from anxiety, allowing you more clarity, better executive functioning and decision making.

Feelings and emotions are an important signalling system, that gives us feedback about our social interactions and relationships. However it is biased.

 

Negative emotions are active longer than positive ones. Most of us want to avoid negative states, and use strategies to either suppress, distract or dissociate from them.

 

But since we model our behaviour in response to how we feel, sometimes we end up developing unhealthy patterns to manage our emotions and our relationships.

 

I use hypnotherapy to enable you to regulate your emotions and change unhealthy patterns. 

Early life adversity

At pre-verbal and pre-cognitive stages, children experience the world through their senses and emotions.

 

Sometimes we encounter significant emotional events which are overwhelming and can trigger extreme stress responses or dissociation. Those conditioned stress responses may become maladaptive, interfere with healthy development and resurface later, in intrusive forms, such as flashbacks, nightmares or panic attacks.

 

I use hypnotherapy to help process past memories, and release their emotional hold.  

I offer sessions in English or French, online or face-to-face following Covid-19 guidance. To find out more and discuss your personal issue, please contact me on 078 38 16 99 23.