OUR CLINICIANS

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 most of the main insurance companies.

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 has recently completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge: Emotion, memory and the self in complex post-traumatic stress following repeated interpersonal trauma, which can be accessed here. Dr Clifford adopts an integrative approach to treatment, using Trauma focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), EMDR, Compassion-Focused Therapy and Narrative approaches. She 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 of the UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS) and an elected member of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) Future International Leadership group.

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, birth trauma, domestic violence and the effects of living in conflict and warzones.Traumatic events can cause individuals to experience a range of difficulties in their everyday life, such as intrusive memories and flashbacks, difficulties sleeping, difficulties managing strong emotions such as anxiety, guilt, shame and anger and difficulties in relationships. Dr Johnson is experienced at helping individuals think about how the traumatic experiences they have survived have affected their lives, and how therapy can help get them back to where they would like to be. She has training and experience in EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), Trauma-focussed CBT, Compassion Focussed Therapy and Narrative Exposure Therapy. Dr Johnson qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) from University College London and is currently leading an NHS trauma service in north London.

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 specialising in the assessment and treatment of PTSD and other presenting psychological and emotional difficulties. She has extensive experience with a career spanning over 15 years, working in primary and secondary specialist NHS services, charity services and higher education settings all with a diverse client group. Dr Koumi-Elia has a specialist interest in medical related trauma, workforce wellbeing, intergenerational trauma, resilience and post-traumatic growth. Dr Koumi-Elia specialises in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Compassion Focused Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). As a Counselling Psychologist, 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 Koumi-Elia is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Registered Supervisor. Dr Koumi-Elia also provides specialist teaching, training, supervision and consultation in relation to PTSD.

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 works creatively using evidence-based therapies with children, young people and adults who have been through traumatic life events. She has developed expertise in both the NHS and the charity sector 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 physical health condition. More recently she has also supported NHS frontline staff who have been impacted by COVID-19. 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 (DClinPsych) 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 JASMINE CHIN

Dr Jasmine Chin is an experienced clinical psychologist who has worked in mental health services in the NHS for over 20 years. She qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsychD Clinical Psychology) from the University of Surrey and has additional post qualification training in Systemic Psychotherapy, Narrative Therapy & Cognitive Therapy as well as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) from the University of Bangor.
Dr Chin has a particular interest in working across the lifespan and in all of her work considers the impact of community and intergenerational trauma on the individual, their family and their presenting difficulty. Equally, she attends to the strengths and values inherent in all systems and individuals, using this to support a collaborative approach to change. Dr Chin has previously worked in NHS adult mental health services, and services for parental mental health and pre-proceedings family court assessment. She currently holds senior, management and therapeutic roles in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in the NHS and the voluntary sector and holds a PG.Dip (Distinction) from UCL, London in CYP-IAPT Management & Leadership.

DR GRÁINNE TURLEY-GIBSON

Dr Gráinne Turley-Gibson is a Clinical Psychologist, who specialises in working with young people, families and adults; and has expertise in assessing and treating those who have experienced trauma and emotional difficulties. Dr Turley achieved a BSc in Psychology at University College Dublin. She then completed an MSc in Human Neuroscience in Royal Holloway, University of London before completing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IOPPN), King’s College London. Dr Turley has worked in primary, secondary and tertiary mental health services in both adult and young people’s services; in community and inpatient settings. Dr Turley has worked in the NHS since 2010 and has worked as a Senior Clinical Psychologist at the National and Specialist Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Service at the Maudsley Hospital, providing therapy for young people and families since 2015. In her NHS role she specialises in providing evidence based effective therapies, DBT and trauma-focused interventions (prolonged exposure) for young people who experience complex trauma, dissociative experiences, emotional dysregulation and who struggle with self-harm and suicidal behaviours. Dr Turley uses a number of different trauma-focused therapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), DBT, and mindfulness. Dr Turley has a keen interest in the mind-body connection and integrates body-based therapies, such as techniques from sensorimotor therapy to support healing from mental distress. She is also a qualified yoga therapist.

DR BELLA OBI

Dr Bella Obi is a Clinical Psychologist who has experience in working with individuals across their lifespan who have encountered traumatic life experiences. She has previously worked in NHS services including specialist CAMHS, social care, gangs and adult personality disorder services – working with young people, adults and families with a history of complex, developmental and intergenerational trauma. Dr Obi has an interest in the impact that social and cultural contexts have in shaping experiences, particularly for minority and marginalised groups. Dr Obi currently works in private practice, which includes completing court assessments for families involved in child care proceedings. Dr Obi qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oxford, and is trained in trauma focused therapies including EMDR and Narrative Exposure Therapy. Dr Obi uses a strengths and values-based approach, incorporating mindfulness throughout her practise, and has a particular interest in mind-body integration to support psychological wellbeing, healing and growth.

DR JOANNA KING

Dr Joanna King is a Counselling Psychologist with extensive experience working with survivors of traumatic experiences. She specialises in the assessment and treatment of clients presenting with PTSD and other trauma related difficulties. Her experience includes working with rape, sexual abuse, domestic violence, trafficking, war and torture.
She qualified with a doctorate in Counselling Psychology from City University of London and is currently working as a trauma specialist in an NHS hospital in North London. She specialises in Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). Dr King has expertise in working with complex clients including presentations of personality disorder, anger issues, emotional dysregulation, interpersonal difficulties, depression and PTSD.

DR SARAH WHITTAKER

Dr. Sarah Whittaker is a clinical psychologist expert in the assessment and treatment of trauma. She has worked extensively in specialist trauma services in the NHS and charity sector providing treatment to veterans and people who have experienced rape and torture. She is clinical director for an international organisation that provides specialist psychological services to former hostages, people impacted by terrorism and traumatic deaths, and victims of human right abuses. She has worked around the world including in Iraq, South Sudan, Sri Lanka and the Democratic Republic of Congo and therefore understands cultural influences on the expression of trauma and treatment. She has acted as an expert witness in a large scale war crimes investigation and for the UK Asylum Courts. Dr Whittaker adopts an integrative approach to understanding and treating trauma. She uses trauma focused cognitive behavioural therapy and narrative techniques and draws on existential and philosophical concepts to help people understand and explore the traumas they have experienced and start to feel safe, helping them to find ways of moving forward.

DR MICHAEL WOODCOCK

Dr Michael Woodcock is a Clinical Psychologist with experience of working across both inpatient and community NHS services. Dr Woodcock works with individuals and families across the lifespan with a variety of presenting difficulties, including depression, PTSD, anxiety disorders, bipolar affective disorder, psychosis, personality disorder, emotion dysregulation, anger difficulties and relationship difficulties. He has a special interest in working with those who have encountered traumatic experiences in their lifetime, and to help them recover from the psychological impact this has had on them, their life, and their relationships. Dr Woodcock values the importance in creating a trusting environment where an individual can feel safe and listened to. He adapts his therapeutic approach to the needs of the individual, and is experienced in various trauma-focused interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Compassion Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mentalization-Based Therapy, and Schema-informed Therapy approaches. Dr Woodcock qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) from Royal Holloway, University of London.

DR LORNA NELSON

Dr Lorna Nelson is an experienced Clinical Psychologist who holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) from University College London (UCL). Since gaining this qualification she has worked in the NHS for over 16 years supporting children, young people and families, adults, and staff teams, with a range of emotional difficulties. Dr Nelson has a breadth of experience, having worked across community and inpatient mental health services, neurodevelopmental services, and in paediatric and neonatal settings. This has included assessment and treatment of individuals who have experienced traumatic life experiences such as accidents, sexual assault, physical assault and childhood abuse. Dr Nelson is trained in a number of therapeutic approaches and draws upon these models of therapy in her clinical work. These include Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She is committed to working in a collaborative way, is alert to issues of social difference, and is responsive to the preferences and needs of her clients.