Clinical Psychologists at London Trauma Specialists are highly trained and experienced in working with Complex presentations of PTSD. They have experience working cross-culturally and with interpreters, and are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), British Psychological Society and AXA PPP Healthcare.
DR GEORGINA CLIFFORD
Dr Georgina Clifford is Director of the clinic, a trauma specialist and experienced Clinical Psychologist who worked in specialist trauma services in the NHS for several years. She qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) from Royal Holloway, University of London and is currently working towards a PhD, studying the role of memory in Complex PTSD at the University of Cambridge. Dr Clifford specialises in Trauma focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and EMDR and has experience and expertise in treating psychological presentations in the aftermath of traumatic experiences, including: accidents; rape and sexual assault; childhood abuse; domestic violence; trafficking, war and torture. She has a special interest and growing expertise in the area of birth trauma. Dr Clifford takes instruction for expert witness work for the court and her opinion has been accepted in a range of courts, including the Central Criminal Court. Dr Clifford is an elected board member and Treasurer of the UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS)
DR REBECCA JOHNSON
Dr Rebecca Johnson is a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in treating and assessing individuals who have survived traumatic experiences; particularly rape, sexual assault, domestic violence and the effects of living in conflict and warzones. She qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) from University College London and is currently working as a trauma specialist in the NHS in north London. Dr Johnson has extensive experience working with adults who are experiencing difficulties such as depression, anxiety, social phobias and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dr Johnson has a keen interest in global mental health, and has extensive experience running teaching workshops for trauma counsellors in Sri Lanka.
DR TIM KEMBER
Dr Tim Kember is a Clinical Psychologist experienced in trauma focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and also compassion focused and narrative approaches. He is a fully trained EMDR therapist. He currently works in the NHS treating clients with post-traumatic stress disorder and other trauma related difficulties. Dr Kember has a specialist interest in PTSD. He has expertise in trauma focused therapy for clients with PTSD and other difficulties related to traumatic experiences, including childhood trauma. Dr Kember completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at University College London. He has since worked in specialist PTSD services and general adult services in the NHS.
DR YASMIN PETHANIA
Dr Yasmin Pethania is a Clinical Psychologist skilled in the assessment and treatment of PTSD and other anxiety disorders. She has expertise and experience in treating psychological presentations in the aftermath of traumatic experiences, including accidents, birth trauma, sexual assault, childhood abuse, domestic violence, torture, trafficking and war. She qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Surrey and is currently working in a specialist trauma service in the NHS in London. Dr Pethania specialises in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) and compassion focused approaches. She has special interests in guilt and shame based PTSD and maternal mental health. Dr Pethania also has experience in running psychology groups and workshops and is currently involved in a community project developing and running therapeutic groups for birth trauma.
DR LUCIE NALLETAMBY
Dr Lucie Nalletamby is a Clinical Psychologist skilled in working with survivors of traumatic experiences who present with symptoms of PTSD. She has worked in the NHS since 2011, and has experience of working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, accidents, war, trafficking and torture. She is experienced in the assessment and trauma focused treatment for both children and adults who present with symptoms of PTSD, as well as a range of other emotional difficulties. Dr Nalletamby currently works as a trauma specialist in the NHS in Central and North West London and specialises in Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. She has a special interest in working with families; she has previously worked in family clinics and completed a post-graduate certificate in Systemic Family Practice.
DR MARIA KOUMI-ELIA
Dr Maria Koumi-Elia is a Counselling Psychologist with a career spanning over 15 years, primarily working in the NHS (primary and secondary care), third sector services and higher education. She specialises in the psychological assessment and treatment of adults presenting with a wide range of psychological difficulties, including PTSD and the effects of trauma. Dr Koumi-Elia also has an interest in intergenerational trauma, resilience and post-traumatic growth. Dr Koumi-Elia specialises in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Compassion Focused Therapy integrated with Psychodynamic and Existential approaches. She emphasises a collaborative working relationship that enables a safe, non-judgemental environment for clients to explore their difficulties and gain insight into their well-being. Dr Koumi-Elia qualified with a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology from Regents’ University, London in 2014, having previously graduated with an MSc in Counselling Psychology from the University of East London.
DR ALYSSA JOYE
Dr Alyssa Joye is a Clinical Psychologist with training and skills in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of psychological disorders, with special interest and expertise in the effects of trauma and treatment of PTSD. She has experience working in the NHS in secondary and specialist services with diverse clients, including survivors of torture, sexual assault, childhood abuse, domestic violence, accidents, displacement, traumatic loss and bereavement, and war and combat-related experiences. Dr Joye has training and experience in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), incorporating techniques from Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) in her work. She qualified with a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) from University College London.
DR CLAIRE ARNOLD
Dr Claire Arnold is a Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years experience of working with children, families and adults who have a range of emotional difficulties. Dr Arnold has a particular interest and expertise in working with children and adults who have experienced trauma including accidents, assault, domestic violence, war, torture and childhood sexual abuse. She has been the clinical lead for a specialist NHS trauma service. She has also delivered teaching and training in PTSD as well as providing extensive supervision for other professionals working with trauma. Dr Arnold provides Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET). She has also worked extensively in generic NHS mental health services in senior positions for a number of years. In addition to trauma-focused therapies, Dr Arnold offers therapeutic intervention for anxiety and depression with both children and adults. She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) from University College London. She also has postgraduate training in Systemic Family Therapy and specialises in parenting support and working with families.
DR HAYLEY THOMPSON
Dr Hayley Thompson is a Clinical Psychologist who, after training, has worked creatively using evidence-based therapies with children and young people who have been through traumatic life events. Also working with adults, she has developed expertise in both the NHS and the charity sector working with people who have experienced a traumatic bereavement (such as through suicide or murder), sexual abuse, domestic violence, those who have been attacked or in an accident, and those who have fled from war zones. In the NHS, she currently works with young people and families who are adapting to and managing a lifelong physical health condition. She has a specialist interest in anxiety arising from post-traumatic stress and physical health difficulties. Dr Thompson qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) at the University of Essex, having worked within mental health services in the NHS since 2005. She works collaboratively to establish the factors that may be leading to and maintaining difficulties, then works towards building a safe space and developing resources for managing difficult feelings. She works in an integrative way, drawing upon Narrative approaches, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).
DR MARTYN BIGNOLD
Dr Martyn Bignold is a Clinical Psychologist who qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) from the University of Surrey. He has worked in primary, secondary and tertiary care – in private practice, the NHS and third-sector services. Dr Bignold uses psychodynamic, cognitive and humanistic models of therapy, often integrating compassion-focused approaches to treatment. The initial focus of his therapeutic work is to create a secure space where clients can explore the challenges they face and identify ways forward. A space where repeated patterns of behaviour can be identified or new ways of coping considered. The work then involves turning that new understanding into behavioural change, to manage relapse and nurture recovery. Dr Bignold’s doctoral thesis explored the impact of childhood experience on vulnerability to PTSD and he has consulted to aid agencies, news and media organisations on trauma. He now specialises in working with veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
DR SEAN HALDANE
Dr Seán Haldane is a Practitioner Member of the Division of Neuropsychology of the British Psychological Society and was Head of Neuropsychology and Psychology for Older Adults in East London NHS Trust until 2012. He currently provides neuropsychology supervision and private consultations, and does extensive forensic work. He is the author of Emotional First Aid (1984) and Couple Dynamics (1985), both of which teach self-help psychotherapy, and of Pulsation: from Wilhelm Reich to Neurodynamic Psychotherapy (2014). Dr Haldane offers a brief neuropsychological assessment ‘package’ to people referred to London Trauma Specialists. (See www.neuropsychology.sh).
DR JENNA LOVE
Dr Jenna Love is a clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience working with the psychological aspects of physical health difficulties. She currently works in the NHS at St. George’s Hospital in South London leading a specialist service for people who have chronic pain related to haematological disorders. Prior to this role she has worked in several different specialist pain management services, including 5 years at UCLH working with people with pain, including facial pain. She therefore has a high level of experience and expertise in the psychological management of different pain conditions, including those that have developed as a result of traumatic experiences, and integrating pain management work with trauma-focused psychological approaches. Dr Love works using a range of different psychological techniques to develop an approach that is right for the individual, and draws on her training in cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, compassion-focused therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. She obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London.