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 service in the NHS. He has experience in teaching on postgraduate, MSc and Clinical Psychology Doctorate courses at a number of UK universities. He also has experience running teaching workshops for trauma counsellors in Sri Lanka.
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 in working with survivors of traumatic experiences and human rights abuses including rape, 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 north London. Dr Pethania specialises in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), 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 training workshops for community organisations and charities that work with survivors of traumatic experiences.
DR FAYE NIKOPASCHOS
Dr Faye Nikopaschos is a Clinical Psychologist with specialist interest and expertise in working with survivors of traumatic events. She has worked in NHS psychology services since 2011 and has experience of working in specialist trauma/ PTSD services both within the NHS and charity sector. Faye specialises in Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) and is a member of Vivo International. Alongside her current NHS work, Faye has worked for Vivo on projects in both Rwanda and the DRC, developing the provision of trauma focussed psychological care and therapy internationally. Faye also has expertise in neuropsychological assessment; she has previously worked in NHS neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation services and completed her doctoral research in this area.
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 THOMAS ALLEN
Dr. Thomas Allen is a clinical psychologist with over 13 years experience working across NHS and third sector services. He specialises in the psychological assessment of children, families and adults, with a particular interest in supporting individuals who have endured traumatic experiences. Dr. Allen has a keen interest in community psychology and has recently been part of a management team setting up and implementing a therapeutic service for children and families overcoming traumatic experiences and ongoing adversity. He currently works independently in the provision of expert witness assessments of a range of psychological problems and neurodevelopmental assessments of cognitive functioning and learning difficulties in children, young people and adults. Dr. Allen completed his doctoral training in Clinical Psychology in 2011.
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 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.
DR TEJ KONDEL-LAWS
Dr Tej Kondel-Laws is Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Pregnancy, Parent-Infant, Child and Family psychological health. Her passion is in helping people work through intergenerational cycles of trauma. These are experiences that occur within family relationships from birth to adulthood impacting self-esteem, self-worth, mood and interfere with the capacity to enjoy free and fulfilling relationships. She works with a broad spectrum of clients using attachment-informed psychotherapy. She has extensive expertise in treating difficulties that are interfering with the relationship between parent(s) and baby (such as anxiety or low mood in pregnancy/unresolved birth trauma/ co-parenting issues). She is skilled at working with school-aged children who are struggling with class work, peer relationships, anxiety, low mood, and excessive worrying. She has expertise in supporting families where parents are separating but seeking best outcomes for their children. She also facilitates family therapy sessions, helping adults to overcome relationship difficulties, lessening individual experiences of feeling troubled within themselves. Dr Kondel-Laws completed her Doctoral training at UCL, Research training at Reading University and Neuropsychology training at Nottingham University. She speaks at conferences and publishes work in her specialist area of neuroscience, attachment and brain development and continues as external examiner on clinical training courses. She is available for supervision, consultation and some expert witness work.
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).