Dr Holly Kahya - Chartered Counselling Psychologist
Dr Holly Kahya
BA (Hons), PGCE, DPsych, CPsychol
Chartered Counselling Psychologist
Not currently accepting new appointments
Our early life forms the blueprint for the way we learn to relate to ourselves, others and the world around us. This blueprint continues to influence how we tend to think, feel and react to situations in our present lives. Although these patterns may have been helpful to us in the past they can limit us and cause us unnecessary suffering, preventing us from experiencing the full richness of life.
As a therapist my aim is to help clients explore the way they think, feel and react in relation to the problems they face, to heal old wounds and explore fresh possibilities.
As a Counselling Psychologist I draw from a broad range of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), psychodynamic psychotherapy, person-centred therapy and more recent mindfulness-based approaches. I have a particular interest in Schema Therapy, which combines a deeper understanding of the development of psychological problems in childhood, with CBT and mindfulness-based strategies to help clients find more effective ways of coping with difficult times.
Sometimes my clients want help to understand and manage a particular problem; sometimes they want to look deeper at the experiences that might have made them more vulnerable to these problems in the first place; sometimes clients simply want an empathic listener and sometimes they are seeking all three!
Therapy is always a unique and collaborative process. Having a wide tool kit – along with the genuine warmth and care I have for my clients – enables me to tailor my approach with each individual I work with.
I have always been interested in psychology and philosophy: how do we live a full and meaningful life in the face of the inevitable challenges we face as human beings on this planet? I find it a real honour to work therapeutically with people and get great reward from seeing my clients grow. I work to create a safe, warm and accepting space where problems can be discussed and fresh possibility explored.
I have worked in a wide range of settings, including a variety of NHS and charity mental health services, schools and residential care services. On a more personal note, I take every opportunity to relish the joy in life, which for me usually involves being outdoors, practicing yoga, painting and spending time with family and friends.