Kirstine Postma

Kirstine Postma

Certified Clinical Psychologist · Other (British Psychological Society, 2005)

Psychotherapy Provider (Psychologist Licensed)
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Member of College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO)

Kirstine Postma worked as a Consultant (Lead) Clinical Psychologist in the UK, during which time she had the opportunity to develop her expertise in assessment and interventions for a wide variety of difficulties, including post-traumatic stress, anxiety and mood disorders and certain personality disorders. She offers Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and EMDR, as well as several other evidence-based therapies.

Ms Postma has a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and many years’ experience of teaching & training people in CBT. She is Certified in both CBT and EMDR and worked in a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy team in the UK. Each of these therapies has a strong evidence-base in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress and its related disorders (the spectrum of depression, anxiety, self-harm and substance misuse). In addition, Ms Postma has over 15 years’ experience in the practice of Mindfulness. She offers group training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and individual guidance in Unified Mindfulness.

Ms Postma looks to develop a collaborative working relationship with her clients, focusing on teaching skills of living as appropriate to life circumstances and presenting difficulties.

Primary Practice Location

Ottawa Institute of CBT
411 Roosevelt Avenue Suite 305
Ottawa, Ontario K2A 3X9

Phone: (613) 820-9931 ext. 251

Fax: (613) 820-9996



Success Story

Over the years I have had many success stories with clients. I have had the opportunity to train in a range of evidence-based therapies. At times, this has meant that I was able to offer treatment modalitites that were not easily available elsewhere. For example, several clients have found EMDR immensely helpful in overcoming Post-Traumatic Stress, both acute and chronic. Likewise, the system of Unified Mindfulness is unique in that it makes the practice very tangible, clear and easy to understand. Several people have said that they had never been explained Mindfulness in such a straightforward way.

Having expertise in a range of modalities allows me to be flexible in my approach, offering individualized interventions, while maintaining professional ethics and standards of care according to best evidence.

Years of Experience



PostGraduate Diploma in CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy; University of Dundee)
PostGraduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology (Glasgow University)


2009 Postma K & Rao S: Solution-focused questioning.

2008 Rao S & Postma K: The CTP Model: A Pragmatic Approach to Learning and Supervision in CBT
Poster presentation at BABCP 36th Annual Congress, Edinburgh

2007 Walker J, Postma K, McHugh GS, Rush R, Coyle B, Strong V, Sharpe M: Performance of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale as a screening tool for major depressive disorder in cancer patients. Journal of Psychosomatic Research 63 (1), 83-91

2006 Postma K, Rao, NSK: Using Solution-Focused Questioning to Facilitate the Process of Change in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Food Neophobia in Adults. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy 34(3), 371-375

2005 Postma K: Developing psychological skills in diabetes care (Commentary). Practical Diabetes International 22(7), 238

2005 Postma K: Gaining insight into patients’ understanding of the impact of taking insulin in type 2 diabetes (Commentary). Practical Diabetes International 22(7), 237

2005 Rao S, Postma K, Jackson K: Study of knowledge and attitude changes after an introductory session of CBT in a mental health setting. Poster presentation at BABCP 33rd Annual Congress, Canterbury

2005 Postma K & Freeston M: Emotional reasoning and inflated responsibility for harm in OCD: a matter of guilt & regret? Poster presentation at BABCP 33rd Annual Congress, Canterbury

2004 Sharpe M, Strong V, Allen K, Rush R, Postma K, Tulloh A, Maguire P, House A, Ramirez A & Cull A: Major depression in outpatients attending a regional cancer centre: screening and unmet treatment needs. British Journal of Cancer 90, 314-320

2003 Carson AJ, Best S, Postma K, Stone J, Warlow C, Sharpe M: The outcome of neurology outpatients with medically unexplained symptoms: a prospective cohort study. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry 74, 897-900

2003 Carson AJ, Postma K, Stone J, Warlow C, Sharpe M: The outcome of depressive disorders in neurology patients: a prospective cohort study. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 74, 893-896

2003 James IA, Postma K and MacKenzie L: Using IPT and CBT Frameworks for Depressed People with Dementia. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy 31, 451-456

2002 Postma K: A Cognitive Model of Insomnia – an application in an elderly woman’s presentation. PSIGE Newsletter, 82, British Psychological Society

2002 Postma K: Let’s get clinical [letter]. The Psychologist 15 (10), British Psychological Society

2000 Postma K & Freeman CPL: Eating Disorders. In: Advances in Psychiatry, Ed. C Andrade. Oxford University Press, New Delhi.

1999 Andrade C, Postma K and Abraham K (1999): Influence of women’s work status on the well being of Indian couples. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 45(1), 65-75.

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