Kirsty originally trained as a nurse at Guys and St Thomas's Hospital. She later completed a post-graduate diploma in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing and a diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
Kirsty is interested in the promotion of health and wellbeing, and in particular the role that sleep plays in creating a healthy mind and body.
Kirsty is a member of The Royal College of Nursing, The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the British Sleep Society.
There's lots of different advice available for how to solve your sleep problems. When you're tired and you're having difficulty sleeping it can be hard to see a way forward. As a sleep therapist, it is my job to guide you through that process.
Treatment for insomnia is based around the idea that behaviours, thoughts and feelings are all linked together and there's lots of research to show that by approaching sleep difficulties in this way there will be a good chance of resolving them. This approach is called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for insomnia and it is often referred to as CBTi
Working with adults and young people
For Adults and young people CBTi takes the form of regular sessions where I help you pinpoint the problems and strategies which you work through between sessions. It is a collaborative approach, which means we work together to improve your sleep.
Working with children and families
For younger children other factors may need to be considered such as feeding, learning and attachment. Help for younger children may involve working either entirely or jointly with the parents or carers. This type of sleep therapy is often conducted in a more direct and intensive way, sometimes involving me visiting or staying in the house overnight to support you as you start to put changes into place.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia
Sleep Therapy for Families
The number of sessions needed varies from person to person but most people require a minimum of 4 sessions. All clients start with an assessment session where I will assess whether CBTi is the right treatment for them.
Assessment session: £125
Follow-up session: £75
Sleep Therapy for Families
For young children I recommend a package of treatment. This includes a consultation with the parents or carers, to find out about your child's specific difficulties, identifying a sleep plan that fits with your style of parenting and 10 days of email support as you put the plan in to place. Some families choose to have the sleep therapist stay overnight to be on hand as they try out the plan for the first time.
Skype/Telephone package: £220
Home consultation: £330
Overnight consultation: £440
Travel costs are in addition. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss options or find out more about prices
Talks and Training
Kirsty is happy to deliver talks or training.
If you would like more information about this please get in touch or visit:
Spring Gardens Clinic
Kent CT1 3TRD