Kirsty is owner-director of Breakglass and a registered Clinical and Coaching Psychologist. Kirsty believes in the relevance and value of clinical psychological knowledge, practices and skills to workplace and organisational contexts particularly in developing leadership capabilities and understanding the role of gender in leadership at every level.
Kirsty has 20 years of experience working in the mental health field in the NGO, DHB, ACC and private sectors, working with highly troubled people often stuck in complex and rigid systems.
In her clinical leadership roles, Kirsty has experience in clinical governance, strategic planning, workforce development, and leading service development and improvement projects. She has extensive experience in workshop development and facilitation. Private clients have included high-potential leaders, senior level managers, and medical professionals and directors working in a variety of industries including healthcare, law, IT, social enterprise, and corporate.
Kirsty’s style is collaborative and empowering while holding an expectation that we can all learn to draw on skills, strengths, supports, and new ways of understanding ourselves, to develop psychological flexibility and the capacity to flourish. She draws from Acceptance and Commitment Training, Positive Psychology, neuroscience and other models. Kirsty has particular expertise in complex mental health troubles, clinical leadership in the healthcare sector, and leadership coaching with a special interest in women in leadership and working parents.
Kirsty is a member of
- New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) including the Institute of Clinical Psychology (ICP) and the Coaching Psychology Special Interest Group (CPSIG)
- International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISFCP)
- International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)
- Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS)
- International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis (ISPS)