Kimberley is a chartered psychologist who studied at the Tavistock Institute. Alongside her private practice she manages the psychology service for Holloway Prison. She also has an interest in training standards and has chaired the BPS's training committee for Counselling Psychology.
Pain is inevitable, but suffering is unnecessary. Most of the time we get along just fine, but living a satisfying life can be a monumental task, and every now and again it’s smart to seek some support and guidance. Like an annual appraisal at work or a physical health check, therapy can be a powerful tool to help assess our progress, evaluate our effectiveness, and promote healthy development. It is our right to live satisfying, self-directed lives.
Therapy should be an empowering, life-enhancing process that identifies individual strengths and uses them as catalysts for growth in other areas. It should do so in such a way that enables you to go out into the world and continue the process yourself.
My approach is to respect the ‘expert status’ of the people I work with; you are the person who best knows ‘you’. My task is to know you from another, objective perspective and to draw to your attention qualities, patterns or behaviours you might have missed or avoided. We then work together on addressing those in a way that enables you to live the fulfilling, authentic life that you choose.
It’s difficult to pinpoint a particular working style, as I endeavour to engage with what is unique about each person I work with. Having said that, my personal approach to life, and therefore therapy, is one that is optimistic, forward moving and focused on refining the art of happiness. My working style integrates the best of psychological science: cognitive approaches to thinking styles and decision making, psychodynamic theories of personality development and change, and the strong scientific support for practices such as Mindfulness and self-observation.
I am motivated by the incredible experience of seeing someone grow and begin to truly own and enjoy their life. To be a part of that is a great privilege, and I’ve found my own life expands in proportion to my clients’ personal development. For me that’s the ultimate win-win.
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