Dr Kirsty Ryninks
What I can help with
- Health Anxiety
- Acute Health Conditions
- Long term health conditions
- Medically Unexplained Symptoms
- Women's Health
- Grief and Bereavement
- Professional Burnout
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Mindfulness Stress Reduction
- Compassion Focused Therapy
- Systemic Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Kirsty is a warm and compassionate Clinical Psychologist who believes in the importance of building a collaborative and supportive therapeutic relationship. She recognises psychological difficulties as an understandable response to challenging life experiences, and helps individuals to make sense of their experiences and difficulties to find a way forward. Kirsty offers a tailored and individualised approach which is guided by the individual, their experiences and in line with their values and what is important to them. She draws on evidence-based psychological approaches and works collaboratively to reduce distress, improve psychological wellbeing and support individuals to work towards their goals. Kirsty believes it is important to help individuals identify and harness their own strengths alongside developing new strategies throughout therapy. Kirsty enjoys creating time and space for individuals to share their story and focuses on helping them to feel listened to and supported as they work in partnership to bring about meaningful change.
Kirsty has over ten years of experience working clinically in community mental health, in-patient, outpatient and physical health services in the NHS. She is a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and an accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). Since completing clinical training (DClinPsy) at the University of Bath, Kirsty has specialised in working with older adults and individuals affected by ill health. Kirsty has experience of providing psychological support to adults experiencing a range of emotional, behavioural and psychological difficulties, including stress, low mood, anxiety (panic, worry, health anxiety), low self-esteem and difficult life events such as bereavement, work-related stress and burnout.
Kirsty has a special interest in the impact of physical health difficulties on psychological functioning and is passionate about supporting individuals who are experiencing health-related emotional difficulties. She has considerable experience supporting young people, adults and families living with acute, chronic and complex health conditions, including: cancer, kidney failure, arthritis and blood disorders. Kirsty is able to provide support around adjustment to a major life event or diagnosis, managing physical symptoms (e.g. pain/fatigue), living with uncertainty, adapting to changes in functioning, anxiety, low mood, grief and loss, and reintegrating to life after illness.
Kirsty strongly believes in the importance of continually contributing to the evidence base and has presented and published a number of research projects alongside her clinical work. Kirsty draws flexibly on a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches in her work, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) in order to facilitate adjustment and bring about change.
__Additional Qualifications __
- Intermediate in Systemic Theory and Practice (2018)
- Foundation in Systemic Theory and Practice (2016)
- MSc in Health Psychology (2011)