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About me


I am a clinical hypnotherapist, with over 15 years experience helping individuals with all aspects of anxiety. I have qualifications in developmental psychology and training in psychotherapy. I am professionally insured and follow the UKCP and NCH Professional Code of Ethics. 

My training in hypnotherapy covered a combination of Ericksonian hypnotherapy, conversational hypnosis, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). I am fully trained to use those powerful techniques and I can warrant of the fast and impressive results they can achieve. 


While most of us want to resolve our problems in the quickest most effective way, I see healing as enrichment and transformation rather than elimination process. Claims that certain techniques can rewire and reprogram your brain are simplistic and reductive. We are more than our thoughts and getting rid of something too quickly often moves the problem elsewhere. If you want to go fast, take it slow is my mantra.

Please be aware that when you are healing, sometimes things get worse before they get better. Sometimes, people find that the problem they are seeking therapy for is only the top of the iceberg and they have deeper wounds underneath. I am here to support you along the way, and walk the walk with you at your pace.


If you are ready to start your journey now, or simply curious to find out more, please feel free to contact me on 07838169923.

Ivy Kirk,

MSc CAMH, MSc Dev Sc, BSc Psych.

My mission is to help you
find your own path
to living an authentic life.


Before starting in private practice in 2019, and beyond my training, my experience spans:


  • 2018: Counsellor at the Lambeth Academy, a secondary school in London, serving a multi-cultural community.

  • 2016: Working in the NHS, in a Tier 3 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) at Kaleidoscope, in the Borough of Lewisham, London.


  • 2015: Working in the NHS, in a Tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), in the Child and Adolescent Forensic Service, at the Maudsley Psychiatric Hospital, dealing with cases related to sexually harmful behaviours. 


  • 2008-2016: Sessional counsellor for the NSPCC, working on the night service at Childline.


This experience gives me a unique insight into different developmental pathways of neuro-diversity, emotional and personality dis-regulation. But in my work now, I treat my clients as individuals, not labels. 

I am from Paris originally and lived in Australia and Japan before relocating to London in 1995. My first career was in corporate brand design and tech start-ups. As I gained in seniority, I developed an interest for the psychology of human behaviours. I eventually decided to retrain in developmental psychology and child and adolescents mental health, then counselling and hypnotherapy. 

I run a regular online Meetup group, called Relax and Explore Hypnotherapy Online, for anyone who is interest in learning about clinical hypnotherapy. My aim is to showcase some of the techniques I use in my practice to reduce anxiety and promote. To find out more, please go to or


  • 2016, MSc. Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH), Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience (IOPPN), King’s College, London. 

  • 2011, MSc. Neuro-Developmental Psychology, Birkbeck University, London.

  • 2009, BSc. Psychology, Open University. 


  • Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy training, National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, 2017-19.

  • Mindfulness training,, 2017.

  • CBT training, Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College, London, 2016. 

  • Mind over Matter, BPS, 2016. 

  • Parenting skills training, Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College, London, 2016.

  • Using Play in Children’s Therapy workshop, Place2B, 2011.

  • Psychosynthesis and Creative Visualisation workshop, University of East London, 2010. 

  • Child Centred Solution Focused counselling training Childline, NSPCC, 2008.

  • Professionally insured

  • Enhanced DBS

Academic Research

Most recently, I have contributed to epidemiological research studies to better our understanding of neuro-diverse developmental pathways. 

  • 2017: Research Assistant, REACH study (Resilience, Ethnicity and Adolescent Mental Health), led by Prof C. Morgan, King’s College, London, 2017. 

  • 2017: Research Assistant, Autism and ADHD Comorbidity study, led by Prof J. Turk, King’s College, London, 2017.

  • 2016: ‘Are there reliable predictors, during the preschool years, of a neurodevelopmental cascade leading to the emergence of ADHD in childhood?’. 

  • 2011: ‘Characterizing suicidal women in pregnancy and early postpartum’.

  • 2011: ‘An international review of early childcare models’.

  • 2009: ‘Comparative experience of fatherhood using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA)’.  


Systematic Review of Mindfulness Induced Neuroplasticity in Adults: Potential Areas of Interest for the Maturing Adolescent Brain. Kirk, V., Fatola, C. and Romero Gonzalez, M. Journal of Childhood & Developmental Disorders (2016).

Professional membership

I am a Graduate Member of the BPS (British Psychological Society) and

Trainee Member of the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy).

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