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Dr Kate Willoughby

Psychology

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Specialises in

  • CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Counselling
  • Mindfulness based CBT
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Psychotherapy
  • Trauma focused CBT

About me

I graduated from Middlesex University in 2000 with a BSc Honours in Psychology and a Diploma in Occupational Studies. I then worked for six years as a Researcher at St George’s University of London and in Specialist Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Inpatient Services (NHS and Private). At the same time I studied for a PhD exploring the Recovery Process in Childhood Onset Anorexia Nervosa.

I completed my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton and qualified in April 2010. My first qualified post as a Locum Clinical Psychologist was in a Tier 4 Multi Agency Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Following this I had a split role across Primary Care Psychology and Tier 3 CAMHS for 18 months.

I then began to split my time between Clinical and Academic work and started as a Clinical Tutor for the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton in October 2011. Shortly after this my clinical post moved to an NHS Adolescent Mental Health Service which has just merged with the 0-14 service. I now also work as an independent Clinical Psychologist.

I am passionate about helping children, young people and families struggling with a range of complex mental health, psychological/emotional and behaviour difficulties. My main treatment approach is an evidence-based scientist practitioner model which involves specialist psychological assessment, formulation, and intervention, tailored to the individual needs and goals of clients. This is centred primarily in cognitive behavioural theory and attachment theory but is also influenced by a range of psychological theories and therapies including, behavioural learning theory, dialectical behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing/enhancement, and systemic approaches. I am also trained and experienced in a parenting approach and have an interest in working with new parents/mothers adjusting to parenthood as well as parents struggling with the general stress and strain of family life. I strive to provide a high quality, friendly, child centred, accessible service within which I value honest feedback from the young people and families I work with in order to continually improve what I offer.

Areas of interest

I am a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in working with children, adolescents/young people (0-25) and their families.

I work with young people and families experiencing a range of mental health, psychological/emotional, and/or behavioural difficulties.

I can also undertake specialist assessments of cognitive functioning and autism.

Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions

  • Eating disorders
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