Dr Kathryn Hollins

Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist - Adult Medical Psychotherapist and Child/Family Psychiatrist

Priory Wellbeing Centre Harley Street, London (staff)

Priory Lane
SW15 5JJ

Location telephone: 020 8876 8261

Location email: roehampton@priorygroup.com

Secretary name: Medical Secretary: Mary Louise - 0208 392 4249

Consultant telephone: 020 8392 4225

Consultant email: mary-louisemontgomery@priorygroup.com

Dr Kathryn Hollins

Dr Hollins is a Consultant Child, Parent and Family Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist, focusing on complex mental health problems and emotional disturbance related to the experience of pregnancy, parenthood and early years relationships. Consultation and treatment is available to women, men, couples, mothers and fathers as well as parents/caregivers with their infants or young children.

Previous appointment

Clinical Lead & Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist for the Perinatal and Parent-Infant Mental Health Service, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London (2006-2015)

Treatment approach

Understanding children and parents’ mental health in the context of relationship development and supportive family or social networks is central to Dr Hollins’ bio-psycho-social and relational approach.

Preparing for pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood offers a unique opportunity to address mental health problems and emotional disturbance, which may relate to childhood or other life traumas. Treatment can alleviate distress, increase self-reflection and improve coping mechanisms. Understanding and coming to terms with life experiences can enable mothers and fathers to become the parents they wish to be for their children and have more satisfying relationships and family lives.

Improving the health and wellbeing of parents will improve the health and developmental outcomes for infants and young children, especially when early relationship development is supported between parents and infants.

Examples of Consultation and Treatment Options

To undertake specialist psychiatric and psychotherapeutic assessment and management for mental health problems, emotional disturbance and complex grief related to pregnancy, childbirth, motherhood and perinatal loss or trauma

To develop an antenatal, childbirth, postnatal and/or parent-infant management plan for pregnancy and early motherhood, in collaboration with obstetricians, midwives, health visitors and GPs

To offer guidance in becoming the mother or father you want to be and to connect this with your baby’s needs at each stage of development during pregnancy and the early weeks, months and years

To develop, improve and delight in the relationships you have with your baby or young child, and with those close to you

To offer psychotherapeutic treatment for difficulties in past and current relationships

To enable you to process emotional experiences of your current developmental stage in life, as a woman, mother, daughter, partner; to accompany you in accepting and celebrating your changing identity

To meet you and your baby together, to support your developing closeness and bonding and learn together about his or her developing personality

To assess and treat any particular struggles or vulnerabilities presenting in your infant, for example sleeping, crying and feeding difficulties

To offer consultation for women and men who are considering parenthood, but have concerns due to difficult experiences with their own parents

To offer consultation to survivors of childhood sexual abuse or domestic violence with resulting relationship difficulties and parenting concerns

To offer consultation for women and men who have experienced or are experiencing difficulties conceiving, going through IVF or other assisted pregnancy experiences

To offer consultation to women and men who are distressed and struggling with the experiences of perinatal loss

To offer consultation for women and men suffering with post traumatic stress disorder after a traumatic birth experience, obstetric trauma or physical injury as a result of childbirth

Specialist treatment interventions offered by our team will include:

  • Parent-infant psychotherapy
  • Circle of Security Parenting
  • Neonatal Behavioural Observation (Brazelton)
  • Video Interaction Guidance (VIG)
  • EMDR (Eye movement desensitization re-processing)
  • CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) Treatment will be available for women, men, parent-infant dyads, couples, families and wider family groups
  • Other relevant information

    Dr Hollins is involved in the development of a peer support App called Circles. Mothers can connect with a small group of other mothers online, at the same stage of parenthood and with similar struggles. The aim is to create a safe and honest online space to share experiences and reduce social isolation. The groups can listen to and discuss relevant podcasts from peers and experts (www.findcircles.io)

    Dr. Hollins was awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship in 2016 to explore international 21st century mental health interventions and social support during (and social interventions for) pregnancy and parenthood (in Scandinavia and the USA) by visiting Norway. In particular she looked at the universal and targeted application of the Circle of Security Parenting programme (https://www.circleofsecurityinternational.com/for-parents)

    She is a committed member of ‘1001 Critical Days’, a UK-wide all party parliamentary group (APPG), campaigning for early intervention and prevention support for families during the developmental stage ‘conception until the age of two’. Dr. Hollins was invited to deliver a two-hour seminar for 120 MPs, policymakers and clinicians as part of the work of this APPG (2014). (www.1001criticaldays.co.uk)

    She has been an active executive committee member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Perinatal and Child and Adolescent Faculties (2011-2016), as well as the Association for Infant Mental Health (2011-2017). She taught on the national Perinatal Psychiatry training course on parent-infant mental health

    Dr. Hollins is a Trustee for the Brazelton Centre, which promotes the development of strong infant-parent relationships through training practitioners in three interventions: NBO, NBAS and Touchpoints (www.brazelton.co.uk)

  • MB ChB (1995)
  • MSc Anthropology (1997)
  • MRC Psych (2000)
  • Psychiatry specialist training: dual trained in Medical Adult Psychotherapy and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (2006)