Our team

OUR TEAM

Kirsti Akkermann

Kirsti Akkermann, PhD
Clinical Psychologist – Psychotherapist
Supervisor
kirsti@kkt-keskus.ee

Kirsti is a certified clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, and supervisor.
She obtained her doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Tartu in 2010. In her doctoral thesis she focused on the biological markers of eating disorders. Currently, her research focuses on the interplay between genes, personality traits, and the environment in the development of mental disorders. She is also interested in exploring the underlying mechanisms of emotional eating and eating disorders, as well as different coping modalities.
She has completed the full training in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy at the Estonian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, as well as intensive training in dialectical behaviour therapy. Additionally, she is trained in motivational interviewing, family therapy, and self-compassion therapy.
Kirsti has been working as a psychologist since 2000, working primarily with adults and adolescents. She has previously been employed in the inpatient general psychiatry unit at the Psychiatric Clinic of Tartu University Hospital, as well as in a treatment center for eating disorders and a private clinic. Kirsti is an associate professor of clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychology of the University of Tartu.
Working languages: Estonian, English

Karol Soidla

Kärol Soidla, MA
Clinical Psychologist
Clinical Child Psychologist
karol@kkt-keskus.ee

Kärol is a certified clinical psychologist and clinical child psychologist.
She graduated with a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Tartu in 2017, and is currently pursuing doctoral studies focusing on the role of perfectionism and impulsivity in the development of disordered eating behaviour.
She has completed the advanced training in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy at the Estonian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, as well as intensive training in dialectical behaviour therapy.
Kärol has been working as a psychologist since 2017, currently also as a clinical psychologist in the general psychiatry department at the Psychiatric Clinic of Tartu University Hospital, and as a junior lecturer of clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychology of the University of Tartu. Kärol works with children, adolescents and adults.
Working languages: Estonian, English

Katrin Kukk

Katrin Kukk, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
katrin@kkt-keskus.ee

Katrin s a certified clinical psychologist.
She obtained her doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Tartu in 2020. Her doctoral thesis focused on the risk factors of binge eating and overeating, including difficulties in emotion regulation.
She has completed the advanced training in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy at the Estonian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, as well as the intensive training in dialectical behaviour therapy. Additionally, she is trained in motivational interviewing, schema therapy, and mindfulness-based psychotherapy.
Katrin has been working as a psychologist since 2015, focusing particularly on working with adults.
Working languages: Estonian, English

Sheryl Võsu, MA
Clinical Psychologist
sheryl@kkt-keskus.ee

Sheryl is a certified clinical psychologist.
She graduated with a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Tartu in 2019, and has completed the advanced training in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy at the Estonian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Additionally, she is trained in motivational interviewing, solution-focused brief therapy, and dialectical behaviour therapy.
Sheryl has been working as a psychologist since 2018, currently also working at the Psychiatric Clinic of Viljandi Hospital working with children, adolescents and adults.
Working languages: Estonian, English

Maris Hinn

Maris Hinn, MA
Clinical Psychologist
Clinical Child Psychologist
maris@kkt-keskus.ee

Maris is a certified clinical psychologist and clinical child psychologist.
She graduated with a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Tartu in 2009. Maris has completed the advanced training in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy at the Estonian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, as well as the intensive training in dialectical behaviour therapy. Additionally, she is trained in solution-focused brief therapy, and family therapy.
Maris has been working as a psychologist since 2004, working with children, adolescents and adults.
Working languages: Estonian

Helo Liis Soodla

Helo Liis Soodla, MA
Clinical Psychologist
heloliis@kkt-keskus.ee

Helo Liis is a certified clinical psychologist.
She graduated with a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Tartu in 2021. She is currently continuing her studies pursuing a doctoral degree focusing on elaborating classification systems for psychiatric disorders.
Helo is presently participating in the advanced training of cognitive behavioural psychotherapy at the Estonian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and has completed the intensive training in dialectical behaviour therapy.
She has been working as a psychologist since 2021, currently working with both adolescents and adults.
Working languages: Estonian, English

Marleen Heleen Puhke

Marleen-Heleen Puhke, MA
Psychologist
marleen@kkt-keskus.ee

Marleen graduated with a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Tartu in 2021.
She is presently paricipating in the advanced training of cognitive behavioural psychotherapy at the Estonian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and has completed the intensive training of dialectical behaviour therapy. Additionally, she has completed a practival course in self-compassion and mindfulness practical course.
Marleen has been working as a psychologist since 2020, currently working with both adolescents and adults under the supervision of a clinical psychologist.
Working languages: Estonian

Silja Kuusik

Silja Kuusik, MA
Clinical Psychologist
silja@kkt-keskus.ee

Silja is a certified clinical psychologist.
She graduated with a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Tartu in 2021, and has completed the advanced training in cognitive behavioural psychotherapy at the Estonian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Additionally, she has trained in motivational interviewing, and schema therapy.
Silja has been working as a psychologist since 2018, currently also in the department of addiction disorders at the Psychiatric Clinic of Tartu University Hospital, with a particular focus on working with adults.
Working languages: Estonian, English

Liis Jõhvik

Liis Jõhvik, MA
Psychologist
liis@kkt-keskus.ee

Liis is a master’s student in psychology at the University of Tartu. Previously, she has obtained a master’s degree in humanities from the University of Vienna.
Liis has completed the introductory course in cognitive behavioural therapy. She has worked at school with the students with special educational needs. Liis has been working as a psychologist since 2022. She is currently working with children, adolescents and adults under the supervision of a clinical psychologist.
Her working languages are Estonian, English and German.

Lisette Kandima

Lisette Kandima, MA
Psychologist
lisette@kkt-keskus.ee

Lisette graduated with a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Tartu in 2023.
She has completed the introductory course in cognitive behavioural therapy. Lisette has worked as a psychologist at school with children and adolescents.
She is presently providing counselling to both adolescents and adults under the supervision of a clinical psychologist.
Working languages: Estonian, English

Helina Piip, MA
Psychologist
helina@kkt-keskus.ee

Helina is a master’s student in psychology at the University of Tartu.
Previously, she has obtained a master’s degree in technical sciences from the Tallinn University of Technology.
She has completed the introductory course in cognitive behavioural therapy. Helina has been working as psychologist since 2023, providing counselling to both adolescents and adults under the supervision of clinical psychologist.
Working languages: Estonian, English

Lisbeth Rästa
Assistant
lisbeth@kkt-keskus.ee

Lisbeth graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Tartu in 2023. She is currently continuing her studies, pursuing a master’s degree, and works as an assistant in our center.


Research and development

We divide ourselves between research, teaching and clinical work, and we believe that this is the lifestyle that will help us stay competent in these areas.

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