Kirsty Lally - Specialist Psychotherapist

Hello, my name is Kirsty.  My skills, interests and experience are primarily in eating disorders, depression and anxiety disorders.


I am a fully accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the BABCP and have worked in eating disorders services for a number of years as both a trainee and a qualified clinician.  I currently work for a specialist NHS eating disorder service in Essex as a Senior Specialist Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. I have also worked within IAPT as both a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and CBT therapist delivering evidence-based CBT interventions for varying severities of depression and anxiety disorders including trauma.

It is not usual to feel lost and stuck in your illness, and it can feel anxiety provoking and frightening when initially asking for help.  You may feel conflicted about letting go of your illness as you may feel it helps you out and protects you at times - this is not uncommon - and we will spend some time at the start of therapy understanding what is keeping you stuck and working through some of these conflicting feelings in order to decide together the best ways to move forwards.  Whilst CBT is my main model of therapy, I like to consider myself as a relational therapist, incorporating training from Cognitive Analytic and Compassion Focused therapies into my work in order to build strong working relationships with my patients, to aid you to begin to make changes to feel better, as well as working towards goals which are both realistic and important to you.  Due to my extensive experience working in mental health and my training in a variety of therapies, I am able to work holistically with you, to personalise the treatment to you, whilst also keeping in mind what is evidence based to support you in giving you the best chance of recovery.


I offer weekday evening appointments over Zoom video call.  I am not currently offering face to face sessions but plan to do so in the upcoming months should there be requests for this.  I am based in Bedford so appointments would be in the Bedfordshire area.  Please get in contact if you wish to discuss further and consider if we may be a good fit.


Member of Professional Body

Fully Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP)

Referral Criteria & Process

I accept self-referrals or referrals from other health practitioners. Please email

Conditions for treatment
Due to the physical health risks involved with eating disorders, there would likely need to be some liaison with your GP to provide blood testing and/or ECG’s, as necessary, to ensure that it is safe for you to be seen in private practice. Should there be any significant deterioration or risks identified, it may mean that it is no longer safe to for you to continue to be seen in private practice and in this case, you would be supported in referral to an NHS service. This may be determined at initial assessment or at any stage in the treatment process.


2020 - CBT for Personality Disorders
2020 - Skills Training: The Essentials in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
2020 - Ten-session Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT-T) for Eating Disorders
2016 - Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Eating Disorders
2016 - Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy


2019 - PG Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
2015 - PG Cert Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Interventions
2013 - Master Practitioner Psychological Treatment for Eating Disorders and Obesity
2011 - MSc Health Psychology
2010 - BSc (Hons) Psychology


2021- present- Senior Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist and Early Intervention/FREED Lead, West Essex Adult Eating Disorder Service, Essex 

2019-2021 - Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Vincent Square Eating Disorder Service, London 

2018-2019 - Trainee High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Community Living Well - Psychology Therapies (Kensington & Chelsea IAPT) 

2017-2018 - Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, Community Living Well - Psychology Therapies (Kensington & Chelsea IAPT) 

2015-2017 - Assistant Psychologist, Vincent Square Eating Disorder Service, London 

2014-2015 - Trainee and Qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, Redbridge IAPT 

2014 - Assistant Psychologist, Edinburgh Adult Eating Disorders Outpatient Service 

2013-2014 - Healthcare Assistant, Adult Eating Disorder Unit, Addenbrookes Hospital

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Last Updated: 24/11/2021

Online Cbt Via Zoom

Age Groups: (19-25) (25+)

I work with adults aged 18+

Fees: Yes

£95 per session (50 minutes) online via Zoom video call - I am only able to offer online therapy at present but plan to offer in person appointments in the Bedfordshire area in the future.


Fees are payable by bank transfer only.

Types of Support:
Guided self-help
Binge eating disorder
Body dysmorphia
Body image
Comorbidity (eating disorders and other mental health conditions)
Compulsive overeating
Emotional overeating
OSFED - other specified feeding and eating disorders
Over exercising
Self esteem
Types of Service:
Private Practitioner
Types of Treatment:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)