Kirsten Quirk

I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2003 and later as a CAT practitioner. I have many years experience working in NHS adult mental health services. Before qualifying as a clinical psychologist I worked in physical health, head injury and older adult services. I have an interest in working with people who have suffered a range of difficulties including trauma, neglect, and abuse, which may present itself in relationship difficulties, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, eating problems, obsessions, compulsions and phobias. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). My early interest in clinical psychology stems back to when I worked in physical health settings, noticing how people differed in how they coped with their illnesses and difficulties. During training and after qualifying I was draw to the Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) model , as a way of helping people think about how past experiences shape how we relate to ourselves and other people. Often without realising it, we can develop ways of thinking, behaving and interacting that can be extremely helpful or good ways of coping but at other times problematic or harmful. I like the fact that CAT is a very accessible, empowering and collaborative way of working, one where therapist and client work together to find ways to make meaningful changes within a relatively short period of time.