Kirsty Howard Psychologist

Psychologist – Kristy Howard

Psychologist – Kristy Howard

Kristy is a registered psychologist with over 15 years-experience working as a clinician, educator and supervisor in non-government organisations and private settings within Australia and New Zealand.   

Kristy has a strong interest in working with women struggling with feelings of stress, overwhelm, burnout, poor body image, poor work-life balance, sleep difficulties, binge eating, emotional eating, a history of chronic dieting, and/or a sense of not being able to trust themselves around food.  She enjoys brining evidence-based mindfulness strategies to these issues and is certified in the Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT).  

Kristy has been trained in a number of evidence-based approaches, but her therapeutic style often leans toward mindfulness based cognitive behaviour therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training (MB EAT). These approaches value the development of self compassion and non-judgement in coping with difficult feelings as well as working proactively toward a building a meaningful life. They focus on developing ‘inner wisdom’ with regard to managing difficult inner experiences and ‘outer wisdom’ with regard to developing knowledge and skills. Regardless of the approach, Kristy is deeply committed to providing a safe, empathic and non-judgemental space from which you can explore yourself and the ways you interact in the world; to discover what you enjoy about yourself; learn to accept all of you (even the messy, ugly bits); and to confront your fears and discover things you would like to change.  

Kristy has had training in the following evidence-based approaches and will work with you to determine the approach that best fits your needs: 

Person-Centred Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training (MB_EAT), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Biofeedback, Mindfulness and deep relaxation, Trauma therapy (phased and prolonged exposure therapy).

Kristy has experience and a strong interest in working with adult clients presenting with:

. stress, overwhelm and burnout

. problematic relationships with food and eating (emotional eating)

. Adjustment difficulties and life transitions

. anxiety 

. depression

. grief and loss

. trauma

Kristy has a particular interest in integrative healthcare and lifestyle approaches to support mental health. She has completed training with the Mental health Integrative Medicine Institute, completed a certificate program in Nutritional Psychology from JFK University and is a certified Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training Instructor. Kristy has completed the Foundations of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine course with the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Human Nutrition at Deakin University. She continues to regularly participate in ongoing professional development in both integrative medicine and psychology. 

Kristy has completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA Psych) with Honours (HonsPsych) at the University of Queensland and a Master of Science in Behavioural Studies of Health (MScBSH) from the University of Southern Queensland. She is a fully registered psychologist within both Australia (AHPRA Registration: 0000956739) and New Zealand (NZ Psychologists Board Registration No: 90-06684). Kristy is also a Member of AAPi (Australian Association of Psychologists Incorporated), is a Professional Member of the Centre for Mindful Eating (CME), a Member of the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA) and a Member of the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM).

I am also a traveller, wife, mother of two wild and mighty little people, organic gardener, environmentalist.  I also like goats.  

Sunshine Coast - Brisbane - Gold Coast

07 5458 4800

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