About Ivy Kirk
My mission is to help you develop inner strength and find your own path to living an authentic life.
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.
Before starting in private practice in 2019, my experience spanned working as a counsellor for the NSPCC, the Lambeth Academy, a secondary school in London, serving a multi-cultural community, and for the NHS, in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) at Kaleidoscope, in the Borough of Lewisham and in the Child and Adolescent Forensic Service, at the Maudsley Psychiatric Hospital, dealing with cases related to sexually harmful behaviours. This gave me a unique insight into different developmental pathways, neurodiversity, psychopathology, emotional and personality dis-regulation. But in my work now, I treat my clients as individuals, not labels.
I focus on the present, rather than the past, from the perspective that every coping strategy has a purpose - a positive intention - even when it becomes problematic. Unless we find the positive intention and resolve it, we cannot to create lasting change. I am here to help you develop ego strength and find your own path to happiness.
MSc CAMH, MSc Dev Sc, BSc Psych.
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.
2017-19, Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy, London.
2016, CBT, IOPPN, King’s College, London.
2016, Mind Over Mood, C. Padesky.
2008, Person Centred Counselling, Childline, NSPCC.
‘Are there reliable predictors, during the preschool years, of a neurodevelopmental cascade leading to the emergence of ADHD in childhood?’ (2016).
‘Characterizing suicidal women in pregnancy and early postpartum’ (2011).
‘An international review of early childcare models’ (2011).
‘Comparative experience of fatherhood using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA)’ (2009).
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).
I am a Graduate Member of the BPS (British Psychological Society) and
Trainee Member of the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy).