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CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST

As a clinical psychologist, Kirsten Barnardt draws from evidence-based approaches and new research findings in her work with clients. Her areas of experience and interest include individual therapy for adults, adolescents and children. She strives to integrate effective therapeutic modalities in her practice. These approaches include Metacognitive Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. As people come to therapy for different reasons, the therapeutic approach and length of therapy will be different for each individual. Kirsten aims to use brief approaches to therapy when possible but does provide long term therapy when needed.

The initial focus of therapy is on gaining insight into the life events and patterns that may play a role in the development and maintenance of current concerns. While it is important to understand areas of challenge, it is also important to understand strengths and how to use these to achieve the desired goals in therapy. All of these aspects are considered when creating a therapy plan. During the process of therapy, new skills begin to replace less helpful ways of coping and reflection is balanced with learning practical strategies to manage distress. Within the context of individual therapy for adults, some of the concerns Kirsten works with include depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bereavement, coping with life affecting medical diagnoses, patterns of difficulty in relationships, managing work related demands, and adjusting to life transitions. She also works with people seeking input to facilitate personal development.

When working with children and adolescents, Kirsten offers therapy that is age appropriate and suited to the needs of each child/adolescent and their family. When a child/adolescent comes for therapy, it is important to understand the challenges they are experiencing in the context of their lives. Parents are asked to offer insight into their concerns about their child/adolescent’s emotional state, interactions with others and behaviour. Parents play an important role in supporting their child/adolescent throughout the therapeutic process. Depending on the needs of the family, the therapy process may focus more on sharing information, teaching practical skills, or nurturing the relationship between the child/adolescent and parents.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Kirsten Barnardt, you can contact her directly on kirsten@barnardtfleming.com

HPCSA Reg: PS0123587

Practice Number: 0594784