Dr. Liz Kirkland

Clinical Psychologist for Children, Young People and Their Families

My practice and approach

I work primarily with children and young people who present with developmental, emotional, psychological, behavioural and/or relationship difficulties. I also work with the families of my clients.  I do undertake some individual adult work too. Interventions undertaken are based on a formulation of each individual’s difficulties within their unique social context, family, school and social relationships. Current cultural context and events must also be taken into account when understanding difficulties.

 

The basis of the service I provide is this thorough assessment and the development of a clinical formulation in the form of a report and discussion. This in itself is often enough to create change and usually takes between one and three meetings over a period of a month.

 

Interventions are based upon this formulation and draw on behavioural, cognitive-behavioural, systemic and attachment (developmental) theory, therapy and practice.

Qualifications and experience

Undergraduate degree in Psychology, B Sc (Hons) Psychology, University of Lancaster, 1988

 

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester, Clin Psy D (1995)

 

Certificate in systemic practice (family therapy), University of Birmingham, 1998

 

Chartered Clinical Psychologist-British Psychological Society

 

Registered Practising Psychologist –Health Professions and Care Council (HCPC)

 

Over twenty years in NHS CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) experience at senior level working with children, young people and their families with expertise and knowledge in working with those who suffer from different forms of anxiety including Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and unexplained physical health problems, eating difficulties, adjustment to change and loss and to chronic medical conditions, low mood and sadness to name a few.

 

Posts held in Adult mental health in the NHS with young people aged between 18-25, and generic adult mental health assessment and therapy for longer term conditions.

What I aim to achieve in my practice

My aim is to reduce psychological and emotional suffering and promote psychological wellbeing for my clients and their families. To hopefully say goodbye at the end of our time together leaving those I have worked with  having a better understanding of themselves and their difficulties and taking with them the knowledge that they will be able to cope in the future with life’s challenges and with any future difficulties.

Liz Kirkland

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