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Dr Kirsty Horne, founder of Blue Skies Psychology, is an experienced Clinical Psychologist offering private sessions to adults over the age of 18, who are struggling with their emotional wellbeing. She offers face-to-face sessions from The Wellbeing Rooms in Bearsden, North Glasgow and in Johnstone, Renfrewshire as well as offering UK-wide appointments via telephone or video call.

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Feeling low, anxious or confused about your feelings?

If you are feeling confused about your thoughts or emotions, finding them difficult to manage and coping in ways that might potentially be harmful in the longer term, I can help you. If you are feeling stuck, perhaps struggling with poor sleep and physical health difficulties and have stopped living life in the way you would like, I can help you. If you are experiencing low mood, anger, anxiety or low self-esteem, let me help you to find ways of coping with these difficulties in a way that will improve your overall wellbeing and help you live a more fulfilling life.

 

I use tailored, evidence-based approaches to help you understand how your difficulties developed, factors keeping these going and ways of helping to break vicious cycles and change old behavioural patterns. I am down to earth, genuine, caring and compassionate and would be delighted to help you improve your emotional well-being and achieve your goals.

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Psychological Assessment 

I initially offer a comprehensive psychological assessment, which can often take 1-2 sessions. During assessment, the aim is to gather information about your current difficulties, when these started and how they developed over time. We will also explore how they are impacting on your life just now and what things you may have started or stopped doing as a consequence. 

Once we have completed this, I will develop and share an individualised 'biopsychosocial' formulation with you. As a Clinical Psychologist, I use formulation, rather than diagnosis. The formulation incorporates all relevant information from the assessment. It is like a hypothesis about how your difficulties developed, what has made things more difficult now, what might be keeping the problem going and what is likely to help. The formulation will allow us to consider goals and will guide your therapy. 

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Psychological Therapy

Following assessment and formulation, we will agree on a treatment plan and approximate number of sessions; this will be regularly reviewed. I use an integrated, collaborative approach to therapy, drawing on a range of evidence-based therapeutic models (including CBT, ACT & EMDR), tailored to suit your unique needs. I am able to adapt therapy for individual learning styles and preferences and being neurodivergent myself, I am very comfortable working with neurodivergent individuals.

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About Me

Hello, my name is Dr Kirsty Horne. I am an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist based in Central Scotland. I work with adults, aged 18+ and offer face-to-face sessions in Glasgow and Renfrewshire as well as offering UK-wide online therapy. I continue to work in the NHS, in addition to undertaking private practice, although plan to work solely in private practice from 1st September 2024.

I have worked helping clients across the lifespan in the field of Clinical Psychology since 2003 in a range of settings, including adult mental health, sleep medicine and neuropsychology. I completed my Clinical Psychology Doctorate at the University of Glasgow in 2010.

I have helped clients with mental health difficulties, such as anxiety disorders (including OCD and phobias), depression, PTSD and low self-esteem and have particular expertise in the field of Clinical Health Psychology. I have helped many clients suffering with emotional difficulties related to chronic physical health conditions, including cardiac ill-health, stroke, chronic pain, unexplained medical symptoms and cancer. I have also worked with many neurodivergent individuals (formal or self-diagnosed), struggling with aspects related to their neurotype.

I use an integrative approach and have been trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and  Health Behaviour Change (HBC) strategies. I also draw on Compassion and Solution-Focused approaches. 

I initially use psychological assessment and 'formulation' to develop a shared understanding of the presenting difficulties, the onset and development of these, as well as factors that might be keeping them going and factors that might be helping to alleviate them. This process in itself can be validating and tremendously helpful as a way of making sense of difficulties. Following this, I help clients consider specific goals to focus on in sessions and we then agree a flexible therapy plan, using evidence-based techniques and drawing on a range of approaches, to achieve these goals. I am also happy to use sessions in a more exploratory manner for those who prefer this approach and am happy to adapt/ tailor my approach for neurodivergent clients or those with specific sensory or learning needs. 

I am very genuine and approachable and would be very happy to work with you to help you achieve your goals and improve your emotional wellbeing.

I accept self-funding clients, or those using health insurance from Bupa, AXA PPP, Cigna, WPA, Vitality Health and Aviva.

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My Professional Qualifications and Registration

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology, 2001

  • MSc Forensic Psychology, 2003

  • Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, 2010

  • Member of EMDR Association UK

  • Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered (PLY25666)

  • Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) membership

  • Disclosure Scotland certified

  • Disclosure Barring certified 

FAQs

How do I book an appointment?

Please get in touch using the 'contact me' section of my website. Alternatively, you can email me on kirsty.horne@proton.me or call/ text me on 07938 540 486. You can also contact me via messenger from my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hornepsychology/

How much does each session cost and how long does it last?

Assessment and therapy sessions are £120 per 50-55 minutes, payable in advance via bank transfer. I also accept clients using private medical insurance with Bupa, WPA, AXA PPP, Vitality Health, Cigna and Aviva. 

Assessment can take 1-2 sessions. Following this we would arrange a session to review your 'formulation' and agree on a treatment plan and approximate number of sessions. For some people, the assessment and formulation process is all that is needed. For others, the number of sessions required can vary, depending on the complexity of the difficulties experienced. Typically, you can expect to be offered between 6-12 sessions, although this would be regularly reviewed.

What is your cancellation policy?

Please contact me as soon as you are aware that you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment. Unfortunately, appointments cancelled at less than 48 hours notice will be charged the full fee. This also applies to cases of unforeseen events (such as illness or childcare difficulties), as all consultations are pre-arranged and it is unlikely that I will be able to offer the appointment slot to another client within this time frame.

Is the service confidential?

As an HCPC registrant, my professional and legal duty is to respect and protect the confidentiality of clients at all times. However, in some circumstances—such as a situation where I might be concerned that you, or someone else is at risk of serious harm—it may be necessary to disclose confidential information. In this type of situation, I would endeavour to discuss this with you in advance.

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Contact Me

Please contact me today to learn more and book a session.

07938 540 486, kirsty.horne@proton.me

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Office Hours

Mondays, 9am- 5pm

Evenings & Weekends, by arrangement

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TESTIMONIALS

"Kirsty has a therapeutic style that quickly puts you at ease and I felt very comfortable sharing my thoughts and feelings with her. Kirsty took time to establish the correct areas to focus on then used different targeted approaches to deal with each area of concern. Following my sessions with Kirsty I feel far more positive, less anxious and I can clearly see how far we have come through Kirsty’s guidance and therapy. I am very grateful for all the support and coping strategies Kirsty has given me." 

Anonymous female

"I have not had therapy before. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it has contributed hugely to me being able to get unstuck from the horrible situation I was in (mentally). I am better able to cope with and de-escalate negative thoughts. I think I will recognise more readily if I start to go backwards again in future."

Anonymous female

"I can’t thank Dr Kirsty Horne enough for the support and help she has provided me with over the last 3-4 months. I felt at ease and everything was very clearly explained and structured. My experience first time with EMDR was fantastic, it has still shocked me at how successful this has been to process my trauma. I have also come away with a lot of tips to aid my daily life and struggles with anxiety, I have a better ability to reflect and change my outlook than I did before. I am appreciative of the turnaround this support has been in such a short space of time, again - thank you! Highly recommend."

Anonymous female

"Dr Horne is so incredibly warm and friendly and I felt I could really open up to her. She understood the challenges of late diagnosed neurodivergence and provided me with so many valuable resources. Her reassurance and guidance has been absolutely crucial to me recognising my own sensory needs."

Anonymous female

"My short time with Kirsty has been fantastic. My particular needs from the sessions were, to some degree, tricky. Kirsty was able to listen, map-out strategically why I had ended up in the position I was in & give me some ideas on how to move forwards. After 30+ years of on/ off struggling I now find myself in a position where I'm finally able to self-manage my problems. I would highly recommend Kirsty to anyone thinking about psychological support."

Anonymous Male

 "I am deeply grateful for the support and guidance provided by Dr. Kirsty Horne. Her insightful, compassionate, and patient approach has been instrumental in my recovery. Her astute understanding of my complex struggles is remarkable. She listens non-judgmentally and, with laser-sharp focus, identifies the root of the problem, providing clarity amidst chaos. This has been invaluable in helping me stay objective when I feel stuck."

Anonymous female

 

"Kirsty is easy to talk with, an attentive listener, with a personalised approach as opposed to those who try to fit a patient to a specific diagnosis.  This has made all the difference in my progress, making me feel seen, safe and empowered. She has also helped me recognise my strengths & achievements, making my healing process uplifting at times when I least expect it."

Anonymous female

"I highly recommend Dr. Horne to anyone in need of help, especially those struggling with neurodiverse issues/burnout. Her dedication and insightful care have restored my hope in functioning as my true self in the near future, something other clinicians, lacking up-to-date understanding of neurodiversity, were unable to provide.  I am confident that she will continue to help many others and make as positive a difference in their lives as she has in mine."

Anonymous female

"We used a variety of techniques to explore and help me through my difficulties. Although I found EMDR upsetting at first and was a little bit dubious about how it could help me, I found it was extremely beneficial...it has left me in a much happier, confident place. It helped me to identify more clearly where a lot of my problems stemmed from, which enabled me to get better mentally.  Dr Horne also supported me through my diagnostic journey for ADHD and Autism and helped me navigate my identity before, during and after this. I would without a doubt advocate for Dr Horne as being great at her job."

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Insurance Options

I accept clients using the following insurers:

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