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Dr Anne Whelan

Psychology

 

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Overview

Specialises in

  • Applied Relaxation
  • Behaviour Therapy
  • Behavioural Activation (BA)
  • Behavioural Couples Therapy
  • CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Bulimia Nervosa (CBT-BN)
  • Contingency Management
  • Counselling
  • Family Therapy
  • Mindfulness based CBT
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Psychotherapy
  • Trauma focused CBT

About me

A Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience, Dr Whelan has worked in a number of inpatient and outpatient settings in the NHS and privately, including in senior leadership roles.

With extensive experience and training, she has a solid foundation to deliver therapy informed by multiple therapeutic models eg cognitive behavioural therapy, schema therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, group therapies, mindfulness based cognitive therapy and psychoanalytic therapy.

Dr Whelan works therapeutically across the age range: from work with children and adolescents through adults of working age to older people. She can deliver different styles of interventions depending on the needs of the patient - from brief to longer term work, with individuals, groups, couples and families.

Dr Whelan works across the range of clinical problems: from specific disorders (e.g. anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD) to wider ranging clinical difficulties (e.g. self-esteem, personality disorder, relationship issues) including where there is no clear focus or difficulty but the person is looking for an improvement in life.

Dr Whelan has a vast experience of teaching, training, supervision and support of other psychologists, multidisciplinary staff and whole teams.

Her approach is warm, collaborative and person centred. She helps patients feels at ease before embarking on helping them understand their difficulties, the roots of these and the kinds of things that stop them flourishing in life.

Research interests include: well-being and relationships after brain injury; self esteem and self esteem groups; and how to integrate family and systems therapies into CBT.

A summary:

Specific difficulties and problem behaviours:

- Anxiety (e.g. panic attacks, worry, OCD)
- Depression and low mood
- Trauma/PTSD
- Psychosis (eg hearing voices, paranoid beliefs)
- Eating disorder and over or undereating
- Problems regulating or controlling emotions
- Bereavement and loss
- Adjustment to life change (e.g. living with disability, coping after divorce)
- Drug or alcohol misuse

More general difficulties:

- Low self esteem
- Relationship difficulties
- Couple or family relationship issues

Specific further trainings / experience:

- Working with groups
- Specific models of therapy – cognitive behavioural therapy, schema therapy,
mindfulness based cognitive therapy , dialectical behavioural therapy, psychodynamic
- Working with couples and families - systemic therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy

Research interests:

- Well being and relationship satisfaction after brain injury
- Integrating family and systemic family therapy into CBT
- Binge Eating

Publications:

Whelan, A., Haywood, P., & Galloway, S. (2007). Low self-esteem: group cognitive
behaviour therapy. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 35, 125-130.

Davies-Smith, L.; Whelan, A. and Gibson, R. (2010) West Barnet Family Work Service: An Adult Mental Health Training and Clinical Provision Project. Context 108.

Areas of interest

Ages - children/adolescents; adults; older people;
Therapies - brief therapy; medium term therapy; long-term therapy; individuals; groups; couples; families;

Therapy models – cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT); schema therapy; mindfulness based cognitive therapy; group therapies; dialectical behavioural therapy; psychodynamic work; couple/family therapy;

Roles – leadership/management; teaching, training, supervision and support of psychologists, multidisciplinary staff, whole teams and services.

Research interests - well-being and relationships after brain injury; self-esteem and SE groups; integrating systemic ideas into CBT; binge eating;

Difficulties - Anxiety (e.g. panic, worry, OCD); Depression and low mood; Trauma; Psychosis (eg voices, paranoia); Eating disorder; problems managing emotions; bereavement; adjustment (e.g. living with disability, coping after divorce); drug/alcohol misuse; low self esteem; relationship issues; couple/family difficulties;

Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions

  • Eating disorders
  • Pain management

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My private practice
Consultant's practices
Information for healthcare professionals

Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)

Procedures completed

  • AA809

    Psychology session - (1-5)

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