- Fee assured
- Verified account
- Behavioural Activation (BA)
- CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Mindfulness based CBT
- Schema focused therapy
- Trauma focused CBT
Dr Amber Keenan enjoys working collaboratively with people who wish to gain a better understanding of their identity, as part of a journey of exploration and personal growth. She provides a safe place to explore how individual differences and experiences affect self-esteem, wellbeing, and relationships.
Amber encourages people to understand these differences, learn to embrace them, and move forward from “stuck” places. Such experiences may include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, complicated grief, somatisation, adjustment problems, relational differences, and trauma.
Amber specialises in mental health and gender dysphoria in adults. She is particularly interested in adjustment to sudden or unexpected life changing circumstances, including difficulties stemming from unexpected injuries, or illness.
Much of Amber’s work is underpinned by Schema Therapy, and more broadly, by the principals of intersectionality. She regularly incorporates, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Mindfulness, Behavioural Activation, Compassionate Mind, and Phase-based Interventions in her work.
Amber is also an experienced Gender Specialist who is able to provide psychological assessment and therapy for people experiencing distress associated with gender dysphoria / gender incongruence.
Areas of interest
Adults; Older Adults; Mental Health; Anxiety; Depression; Trauma; PTSD; OCD; Gender Dysphoria; CBT; Trauma Focused CBT; EMDR; Schema Therapy; Mindfulness; Behavioural Activation; Exposure Response Prevention
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Physical disability
Current NHS consultant posts held
I am employed part-time by NHS Grampian as a Principal Clinical Psychologist and Gender Specialist at Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen.
I am currently involved in various research projects related to gender dysphoria in adults.
Strategic Studentship, University of Manchester (2007)
British Psychological Society Undergraduate Award, University of Aberdeen (2007)
Henry Prize, University of Aberdeen (2007)
Carnegie Trust Summer Vacation Scholarship, University of Aberdeen (2006)
Saldias, A. (now Keenan) et al. (2013). The mediatory role of maladaptive schema modes between parental care & non-suicidal self-injury. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 42, 244-257.
Saldias, A. (now Keenan) et al. (2010). Basic symptoms of prodromal schizophrenia in a non-clinical sample. Schizophrenia Research, 117, 104-535.
Phillips, L. H., Saldias, A. (now Keenan) et al. (2009). Attentional lapses, emotion regulation & quality of life in Multiple Sclerosis. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 48, 101-106.
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology University of Edinburgh 2012
- MPhil Psychiatry & Neuroscience University of Manchester 2008
- BSc Psychology (First Class Honours) University of Aberdeen 2007
- Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate University of Aberdeen 2021
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Chartered Member British Psychological Society 2007
Details of entry to specialist register
- Gender Specialist, 2018
Affiliations / memberships
Co-Chair: NHS Grampian Gender Identity Service Pathway Development Group
Full Member of British Association of Gender Identity Specialists
Recognised as a Gender Specialist by HM Courts & Tribunals Service
Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society
Full Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.