Kerry Daynes is Instantly recognisable as one of the UK’s best known psychologists. She is also the author of the best selling memoir The Dark Side of the Mind. She appears regularly on TV and is a regular contributor to the press. An impressive speaker, Kerry shares her experiences of working in both forensic psychology and mental health through a series of speeches which include Is There A Psycho in Your Life? Supreme Self-Esteem: How to Be ‘Flawsome’ and Serial Killers, Stalkers & the Single Girl
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Kerry Daynes has worked in her field for over twenty years. She spent the first part of her career working in forensic mental health, including for the Prison Service and both NHS and public sector secure psychiatric services. She quickly gained a reputation for her ability to engage with and treat the most complex, challenging and often dangerous patients. A Consultant Psychologist, Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, she is a Health & Care Professions Council Registered and Practitioner Forensic Psychologist too. She is also a Chartered Scientist and member of the Science Council.
In 2003, Kerry set up her own successful practice of Psychologists and Psychotherapists accepting referrals for family, mental health and criminal Expert Witness work and providing clinical services to various health and social care organisations. She acted as a psychological specialist in major police investigations, who appreciated her practical, ‘no psycho-babble’ style. Additionally, she was trusted advisor to the government regarding the safe management of high-risk individuals.
Kerry lectured in Applied Psychology to post-graduate students at Manchester University between 2004 -07. She is a highly experienced trainer and expert speaker and published her first book ‘Is There a Psycho In Your Life?’ in 2011. Kerry moved into more mainstream psychology services in 2013 becoming Regional Head of Psychology for a chain of independent Mental Health Recovery Hospitals. She is frequently asked to contribute to television, radio and news programmes in her capacity as an expert and has published numerous articles in the national press.
Her standing as a psychologist has attracted high-profile business leaders, sports personalities and celebrities as private clients. In 2016 she founded ‘Psycho-Logical’ allowing wider corporate audiences to benefit from her unique and powerful approach for the first time.
Her debut memoir The Dark Side of the Mind was published in May 2019 by Octopus Books and Jake Kerridge, writer and critic said of her. ‘Daynes offers fascinating insights into what makes criminals tick and how they might be more effectively treated. Her book is funny, wise and thoroughly gripping.‘
Kerry Daynes is a proud Patron of the National Centre for Domestic Violence and Talking2Minds, a national charity treating PTSD in current and ex-members of the military and blue-light services. And yes, she is a natural redhead – or as she likes to call it, ‘sex goddess, kick-ass flame ginger’
Is There A Psycho in Your Life?
Who hasn’t complained about their ‘psycho’ boss or ‘psycho’ ex, but what does the term really mean? Kerry explains why Norman Bates was definitely not a psychopath, but one in a hundred on your list of Facebook friends probably is. This talk will tell you about what makes a psychopath tick; what goes on in their mind and in their brain (literally), how they came to be like that and what we can do about it. You will be left equipped to spot the warning signs of a possible psychopath – how they operate in different roles and environments – chances are, they are closer than you think.
Secrets of Success from the Corporate Shark
According to the latest research, around one-fifth of business leaders show psychopathic, narcissistic and Machiavellian personality traits – the same rate as the prison population! Kerry explains the career related benefits to being a corporate shark, but at what costs? With examples from the study of paragons of virtue to serial killers, this talk examines the true nature of modern leadership.
Supreme Self-Esteem: How to Be ‘Flawsome’
Faced with a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be, it is unsurprising that feeling unworthy is commonplace. Men and women tend to experience crises of confidence differently and therefore this talk is specifically adapted to the gender, age and likely concerns of the audience. Whether addressing the rise of Imposter Syndrome among high-achievers, or the increasing tendency for women to confuse what they look like with who they are, Kerry gives you the tools necessary to get over your own inner barriers to supreme self-esteem.
Serial Killers, Stalkers & the Single Girl
What is it like being a young woman thrust into the world of high-profile violent offenders? From walking into a maximum-security prison at the start of her career aged twenty-one, to becoming a prominent Forensic Psychologist, Kerry describes the pressure and pitfalls of delving into the darkest recesses of the human psyche. In this talk she talks with candour and humour about what interviewing serial killers, attracting stalkers and rejecting the advances of sex offenders has taught her about the nature of what it means to be human.
Love: A Necessary Kind of Madness?
It is never too clever to get in the way of a hippopotamus and water, a dipsomaniac and a mini-bar and two people in love. But what makes the latter so hazardous? This funny and unexpected talk reveals why the brains and behaviours of a person in love might equally qualify them for a diagnosis of major mental illness. With tips and tricks for incurable romantics (one third of us!) and giving hope to the broken-hearted, prepare to challenge all of your assumptions about the nature of love and ‘madness’.
Kerry always tailors her presentations to your particular needs and audience. Please enquire about bespoke talks that are guaranteed to be:
• Accessible – Kerry speaks in ways audiences can immediately understand. Sharing psychological know-how but without the jargon, her talks are fun and relatable.
• Unforgettable – innovative, often irreverent and always thought provoking: compelling material delivered in a compelling way.
• Impactful – she takes the audience on an intellectual and emotional journey, making sure that they arrive with fresh perspectives that they can feel immediately inspired to take out into the real world.
• Pertinent – Kerry takes the time to really learn about her clients’ event objectives, their business, charity or group, and the challenges they face.
‘Is There a Psycho In Your Life?’ 2011