My Qualifications & Training

I have well over a decade of direct clinical practice. I currently work as a clinical psychologist for the NHS in a community mental health team.  In the United Kingdom, I have been employed as a psychological practitioner in both primary and secondary care services of the NHS, at charities such as MIND and those dedicated to women’s issues and experiences of violence.  I have worked closely with people from many backgrounds and across the life span from preschool children to elders.  I am currently pursuing extended clinical training in Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Schema Therapy.  I am also on the Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU) with the British Psychological Society, and a member of the EMDR Association of the UK and the Black, African and Asian Therapy Network.

Before working in the United Kingdom, I completed my psychology undergraduate degree from UCLA and my postgraduate clinical degree from Columbia University.  I was awarded my licensure as a psychotherapist in the state of California after working with children and teenagers in hospitals, schools, for charities and in an addiction treatment facility as a clinical social worker.  An LCSW in California requires 3,000 hours of supervised experience in mental health, and 700 of these hours were providing individual, group and/or family therapy.  This training built the foundation of my view as mental health difficulties as also a consequence of multiple layers of challenge including discrimination and oppression.

Credentials

Professional Body Qualificattion
Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) Counselling Psychologist

British Psychological Society (BPS)

Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)
British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) MBACP (Accred)
California Board of Behavioral Sciences

LCSW

Education

Degree Institution
Professional Doctorate in Psychology (DPsych) City, University of London 
Masters of Science Child Development (MSc) University College London
Masters of Science in Clinical Social Work (MSSW)  Columbia University, New York
BA Psychology UCLA, Los Angeles