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WELCOME!
Meet Dr Kathryn Hollins

Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist for Parenthood, Pregnancy, Childhood

and Family Relationships

Come and meet with me for a Consultation to find solutions and understand more, if:

  • You have a baby or child and have questions about how best to respond to their behaviour or feelings.

  • Your child has reached a new stage in their development and it feels confusing, frustrating or worrying. You are thinking "is my child ok?"

  • Your child is struggling at school but is fine at home or seems fine at school and then upset and angry at home- let's make sense of what is going on and what he or she needs to be happy, healthy and engaged

  • You are stuck on how to create a healthy rhythm for your family given all the competing demands: Career? Childcare? Identity? Homelife? Where to start. Let's meet, it is possible!

  • You are feeling overwhelmed, low in mood, anxious, frustrated or sad and need support for yourself in order to make sense of your feelings during pregnancy or any stage on your motherhood or fatherhood journey. It can get better!

  • You are having intense and challenging feelings about being a mother or father that feel hard to manage and you feel guilty, incompetent or upset.

  • You are pregnant and have questions or emotional struggles about becoming a mother. There are no taboos with me, we can talk about everything. I am here to understand.

  • You are worried about childbirth or had a distressing or traumatic birth experience

  • You experienced pregnancy loss, stillbirth or the death of your child

  • You want to become the best parent you can be, but your own experiences of being parented when you were growing up make you feel scared or overwhelmed about 'how to do it or unsure if you can do it'. You can- let's talk.

  • you and your partner are expecting a baby and you want to reflect on how to make the transition from life as a couple to family life as co-parents

  • Parents of older children and adult children are welcome: there are always new challenges in parenthood to make sense of with support.

  • Your family are having a difficult time due to change, loss or trauma. 

  • Being a mother or father is not what you expected, for whatever reason, small or big. Perhaps bonding with your child is difficult- come and talk, it is safe to share and it can help. Don't suffer in silence.

  • Be courageous, reach out and contact me. You are not alone. Pregnancy, Motherhood, Fatherhood, Childhood and Family Life are emotional rollercoasters for all, your experience can change, with support.

 
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My professional background

I am a Consultant Parent, Child and Family Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist. My qualifications are MBChB MRC Psych MSc.

My current work includes running The Hollins Practice, a private clinic for parents and families. Please see above for details on the reasons for which I am able to offer specialist assessment, treatment and psychotherapeutic consulations. I am able to accept referrals from GPS and I am registered with most insurance companies (though not BUPA) as well as self-funding clients.

I am also employed by the NHS in Surrey to support families during the First 1000 Days of life from conception to age two, by collaboration between services, communities and families.

For ten years I was the Clinical Lead for the Perinatal and Parent Infant Mental Health Service at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London and worked closely with midwives, obstetricians, GPs and Health visitors during pregnancy and the first year of life. Since then I have been finding ways of  innovating and making my knowledge accessible to more parents.

For example I worked with entrepreneurs on the Circles App, to support new mums at the start of motherhood by offering expert postings and small online support groups.

I completed a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship which enabled me to explore the support available for parents in meeting the emotional needs of their children in Norway and Scotland and compared this with England. I learned how our social and community environments can profoundly affect our health and happiness. I developed a parenthood ecology model to enable parents to explore their own environments from home life to wider world.

I trained as a medical doctor 25 years ago. I then studied anthropology in recognition of the profound influence of culture on our health and happiness. I spent the next nine years training and working in Child and Family Psychiatry and Psychotherapy across all ages (child and adult), in particular at the Tavistock clinic in London. The breadth and depth of my training developed my experience and skills in focusing on parenthood, pregnancy and family life.