Dr Kirsty Deas
What I can help with
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder
- Social Anxiety
- Specific Phobia
- Health Anxiety
- Personality disorders
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Mindfulness Based Interventions
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
Throughout my career I hope to convey empathy, compassion and warmth, and provide a non-judgmental safe space for the individuals I see. My practice is evidence-based and integrative; I predominantly draw upon Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). I use a person-centred style, tailoring my approach to the needs of those I work with.
We both bring our own expertise to the therapy room; you bring your expertise of you, and I bring my expertise as a Clinical Psychologist. Together we can form an effective working partnership in understanding the difficulties, and move you forwards towards living your life more fully in accordance with what is important to you.
I first knew I wanted to be a Clinical Psychologist when I was 14 years old and a film ignited my fascination. Many years on, and to this day I continue to be passionate about the work I do. I am committed to enabling individuals to live a more fulfilling life, by helping them move in the direction of their values and what is important to them.
I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist from the University of Southampton in 2011. This core training has laid a solid foundation for my career as a Clinical Psychologist and developing expertise. My Clinical Psychology training enables me to work flexibly, adapting a broad range of approaches to the needs of a variety of client groups including children and adolescents, adults of working age, older adults and individuals with learning disabilities. Since qualifying I have worked in NHS Adult Community Mental Health settings. I continue to work in the NHS as a Principal Clinical Psychologist in a Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) on a part-time basis, having started working for the NHS in 2003.
The difficulties I work with are wide-ranging, and include (but are not limited to): Depression, Anxiety Disorders (e.g. phobias, panic, OCD, social anxiety, health anxiety), Low Self-esteem, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (for single or multiple traumas), Psychosis, Bipolar Disorder and Emotion regulation difficulties.