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Dr Kathryn Hollins
Consultant Child, Parent and Family Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist MBChB MRC Psych MSc
Dr Kathryn Hollins

Dr Kathryn Hollins

Dr Hollins is a Consultant Child and Family Psychiatrist and Adult Psychotherapist, she is based at Priory Wellbeing Centre Harley Street where she has set up the Parenthood, Pregnancy and Family Life Service.

Prior to working at Priory Kathryn Hollins was clinical lead and consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist for the Perinatal and Parent-Infant Mental Health Service, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London (2006-2015)

Other relevant information

Dr Hollins is involved in the development of a peer support App called Circles. The aim is to create a safe and honest online space to share experiences and reduce social isolation. Users will be able to listen to and share ideas and experiences  with peers at the same life stage (e.g. motherhood) and learn from experts (

Dr Hollins was awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship in 2016 to explore international 21st century mental health interventions and social support during pregnancy and parenthood by visiting Norway. In particular she looked at the universal and targeted application of the Circle of Security Parenting programme (

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. (

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 two interventions: NBO, NBAS (

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 desensitisation re-processing)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) treatment will be available for women, men, parent-infant dyads, couples, families and wider family groups

Research interests

Current: Churchill Fellowship, exploring best practice in Norway and its application in the UK.

Clinical articles and research papers:

  • Bitesize Article for Priory on Parenthood, Mental Health and the effects on Future Generations (2018)
  • Patel, R., Hollins, K.  (2014) Clinical Report: the joint obstetric and psychiatric management of phobic anxiety disorders in pregnancy. In Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
  • Hollins, S., Woodward, S., Hollins, K. (2010) Parenting an infant with a disability. In Parenthood and Mental Health: a bridge between infant and adult psychiatry. Editors: Tyano, Keren, Herrman, Cox. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Hollins, K. (Dec.2007) Consequences of antenatal mental health problems for child health and development. Current Opinion in Obstetrics and Gynaecology 19: 568-572
  • Hollins, K., Heydari, H., Grayson, K., Leavey, G. (Oct 2007) The mental health and social circumstances of Kosovan Albanian and Albanian unaccompanied refugee adolescents living in London. Diversity in Health and Social Care 4: 277-85
  • Leavey, G., Hollins, K., King, M., Papadopoulos, C., Grayson, K. (2004) Psychological disorder amongst refugee and migrant school children in London. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiology 39: 191-95
  • K. Hollins. (1999) Between two worlds: the social implications of cochlear implantation for children born deaf. In Madness, Disability and Social Exclusion: the archaeology and anthropology of ‘difference’.
  • Medical Anthropology MSc University College London
  • Medical Degree MBChB Bristol
  • Psychiatry Specialisations: ‘Certificates of Completion of Training’ in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and also in Adult Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatry Training MRC Psych Royal Free Rotation, London

I listen to each person I meet with warmth, empathy and expertise. I reach an understanding of current distress, disturbance or illness by careful assessment of emotional, social and mental health experiences. I offer assessment and treatment planning for mothers and infants, children, adolescents, parents, adults and family groups. My experience and training as a doctor, psychiatrist, psychotherapist and anthropologist enables me to understand the psychological, social and biological aspects of ill-health and distress through the crucial lens of relationships between family members and within their home, work and cultural communities.  

My particular area of expertise is addressing emotional disturbance and complex mental health problems related to the experience of pregnancy, parenthood, infancy and early years’ relationships. These problems can be unresolved for many years, so I see children and adults of all ages.

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