Dr Kiran Bains
I am a qualified health psychologist who has been working with people with long term conditions for the last 12 years in a variety of settings to date, including in the NHS, third sector and private sector. I recognise that our mental and physical health are linked and impact on each other and that living with long-term, incurable or acute physical health problems can be distressing, life-altering, and need adjustments. All of which can cause our mental health to deteriorate. This is where I can help. I have experience of working with chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, Chronic illness, diabetes, COPD, obesity, chronic pain, IBS, sleep difficulties and insomnia, anxiety, Haematological conditions, musco-skeletal problems, heart conditions, stroke and cancer. I also have a good knowledge base around long covid and syndromes people may experience around this. I also work with people who are LGBTQ+ and struggling to find their identity or need a safe space to talk through their experiences.
I can help people to cope with the impact of having a condition and how it affects their mental health, manage it, make health behavioural changes (e.g. diet, smoking), navigate medical decision making and relationships with healthcare professionals and systems. I have several years experience in helping people to make and sustain behaviour changes to achieve a happier life.
My core values are honesty, kindness, fairness and curiosity. I strive to understand those that I work with and their experiences, build authentic and caring relationships with them and recognise the struggles they may face, including difficult experiences that they may have faced on their healthcare journey.
The models I work with
I work with a variety of models both in their “pure form” and in an integrated approach to suit your needs. These include:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Compassion Focussed Therapy
My clinics run on Wednesday mornings and Friday mornings in London or virtually. I work with with people across the age span from 17 years upwards.
Training and qualifications
- Doctorate in Health Psychology (2015-2019, City, University of London)
- MSc Health Psychology (2011-2012, University of Surrey)
- ACT for Trauma (2021, Contextual Consulting)
- ACT for low self-esteem (2021, Contextual Consulting)
- Intermediate MI (2020, Tavistock Training centre)
- ACT for Long Term Conditions (2019, Greater Manchester Psychology Providers network)
- CBT for Physical Health concerns (2018, SCPS Consulting)
I also attend regular peer supervision workshops by the Manchester Health Psychology Network with a specialist focus on providing support to people with long term conditions
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC): PYL36973