Our
Clinicians

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 most of the main insurance companies.

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 has recently completed a PhD at the University of Cambridge: Emotion, memory and the self in complex post-traumatic stress following repeated interpersonal trauma, which can be accessed here. Dr Clifford adopts an integrative approach to treatment, using Trauma focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), EMDR, Compassion-Focused Therapy and Narrative approaches. She 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 of the UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS) and an elected member of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) Future International Leadership group.

Dr Maja Jankowska

Dr Maja Jankowska is a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist specialising in the assessment and treatment of trauma and other psychological and emotional difficulties. She has worked with people presenting with a range of psychological problems as well as those who wanted to learn, develop and grow as individuals. Her PhD was in the area of personal growth and development, and she is particularly interested in practices that facilitate resilience and post-traumatic growth, guiding her clients in their journey beyond the pain of their past and into the discovery of meaning and purpose in life. Dr Jankowska has a specialist interest in performance-related traumas, intergenerational trauma, workforce wellbeing, and in treating psychological presentations in the aftermath of traumatic experiences. She has training and experience in Trauma Focused CBT, Brainspotting (which evolved from EMDR), Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, incorporating techniques from Compassion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Narrative approaches in her work. Dr Jankowska has a long-standing experience in lecturing in Psychology and CBT and delivering clinical supervision as well as workshops and trainings. She is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of British Psychological Society and a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy. She provides specialist teaching, training, supervision and consultation in relation to trauma as well as work-place wellbeing and stress management. Dr Jankowska takes instruction for expert witness work for the court (under the supervision of Dr Clifford). She is committed to working in a collaborative, enabling and empowering way and is responsive to the needs and preferences of her clients.

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 Rachel Edwards

Dr Rachel Edwards is a Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years’ experience of working with adults who present with a range of emotional and psychological difficulties. She has a particular interest and expertise in assessing and treating trauma-related difficulties, including PTSD and Complex PTSD. Additionally, Dr Edwards has experience in providing Expert Witness assessments regarding trauma-related psychological issues. Dr Edwards draws upon a number of evidence-based models within therapy, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT), and Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR). Dr Edwards holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) from University College London. She is also an EMDR Europe Accredited Practitioner.

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 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 Gráinne Turley-Gibson

Dr Gráinne Turley-Gibson is a Clinical Psychologist, who specialises in working with young people, families and adults; and has expertise in assessing and treating those who have experienced trauma and emotional difficulties. Dr Turley achieved a BSc in Psychology at University College Dublin. She then completed an MSc in Human Neuroscience in Royal Holloway, University of London before completing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IOPPN), King’s College London. Dr Turley has worked in primary, secondary and tertiary mental health services in both adult and young people’s services; in community and inpatient settings. Dr Turley has worked in the NHS since 2010 and has worked as a Senior Clinical Psychologist at the National and Specialist Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Service at the Maudsley Hospital, providing therapy for young people and families since 2015. In her NHS role she specialises in providing evidence based effective therapies, DBT and trauma-focused interventions (prolonged exposure) for young people who experience complex trauma, dissociative experiences, emotional dysregulation and who struggle with self-harm and suicidal behaviours. Dr Turley uses a number of different trauma-focused therapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), DBT, and mindfulness. Dr Turley has a keen interest in the mind-body connection and integrates body-based therapies, such as techniques from sensorimotor therapy to support healing from mental distress. She is also a qualified yoga therapist.

Dr Marianna York-Smith

Dr Marianna York-Smith is a Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years’ experience working with the NHS and academic intuitions. She is experienced in working with children, families and adults who are survivors of trauma and abuse, including sexual violence, torture, war, trafficking, and birth trauma. Dr York-Smith uses a range of evidence-based therapeutic approaches and models depending on the individual needs of each client including, Narrative-Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Approaches and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT). She has a particular interest in understanding how culture and society contribute to and maintain people’s distress. Dr York-Smith currently works within a Paediatric hospital supporting young people and families manage the emotional challenges of living with long-term and life-limiting physical health conditions. She has further interests in working with traumatic loss and bereavement, maternal mental health and providing parental support.

Professor tim dalgleish

Professor Tim Dalgleish FBPS FMedSci is a clinical psychologist and academic researcher at the University of Cambridge and a consultant clinician in the NHS. He is an internationally recognised expert on depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions. Professor Dalgleish has more than 30 years’ experience working as an expert witness and has prepared more than 400 reports. He provides expert assessments relating to psychiatric conditions in children, adolescents and adults. These include depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex PTSD, adjustment problems, and bereavement. He has extensive experience in the areas of personal injury, criminal responsibility, capacity, fitness to plead, mitigation, human trafficking, coercive control, recovered memories of trauma, parental alienation, modern slavery, risk of offending, asylum claims, and family functioning. He specialises in assessing the role of trauma in these contexts. He has extensive experience across the judicial system including within the civil, criminal and family courts and within the criminal injury, tribunal and asylum systems.

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, birth trauma, domestic violence and the effects of living in conflict and warzones. Traumatic events can cause individuals to experience a range of difficulties in their everyday life, such as intrusive memories and flashbacks, difficulties sleeping, difficulties managing strong emotions such as anxiety, guilt, shame and anger and difficulties in relationships. Dr Johnson is experienced at helping individuals think about how the traumatic experiences they have survived have affected their lives, and how therapy can help get them back to where they would like to be. She has training and experience in EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), Trauma-focussed CBT, Compassion Focussed Therapy and Narrative Exposure Therapy. Dr Johnson qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) from University College London and is currently leading an NHS trauma service in north London.

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 Tim Kember

Dr Tim Kember is an experienced Clinical Psychologist who specialises in the assessment and treatment of trauma related difficulties, including PTSD. He has worked in specialist trauma services in the NHS, and in private practice. He has experience working with adults who have had traumatic experiences across the lifespan, whether in childhood or as an adult. He works by developing a shared understanding of the difficulties someone is experiencing and draws on expertise in Compassion Focused Therapy, EMDR, CBT, and narrative approaches. Dr Kember completed his Clinical psychology doctorate at UCL in 2013. He has undertaken additional training in CFT and CBT and is fully trained in EMDR.

Dr Hayley Thompson

Dr Hayley Thompson is a Clinical Psychologist who works creatively using evidence-based therapies with children, young people and adults who have been through traumatic life events. She has developed expertise in both the NHS and the charity sector with people who have experienced a traumatic bereavement (such as through suicide or murder), sexual abuse, domestic violence, those who have been attacked or in an accident, and those who have fled from war zones. In the NHS, she currently works with young people and families who are adapting to and managing a physical health condition. More recently she has also supported NHS frontline staff who have been impacted by COVID-19. She has a specialist interest in anxiety arising from post-traumatic stress and physical health difficulties. Dr Thompson qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) at the University of Essex, having worked within mental health services in the NHS since 2005. She works collaboratively to establish the factors that may be leading to and maintaining difficulties, then works towards building a safe space and developing resources for managing difficult feelings. She works in an integrative way, drawing upon Narrative approaches, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

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Dr Jasmine Chin

Dr Jasmine Chin is an experienced clinical psychologist who has worked in mental health services in the NHS for over 20 years. She qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsychD Clinical Psychology) from the University of Surrey and has additional post qualification training in Systemic Psychotherapy, Narrative Therapy & Cognitive Therapy as well as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) from the University of Bangor. Dr Chin has a particular interest in working across the lifespan and in all of her work considers the impact of community and intergenerational trauma on the individual, their family and their presenting difficulty. Equally, she attends to the strengths and values inherent in all systems and individuals, using this to support a collaborative approach to change. Dr Chin has previously worked in NHS adult mental health services, and services for parental mental health and pre-proceedings family court assessment. She currently holds senior, management and therapeutic roles in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) in the NHS and the voluntary sector and holds a PG.Dip (Distinction) from UCL, London in CYP-IAPT Management & Leadership.

Dr Bella Obi

Dr Ebele ‘Bella’ Obi is a Clinical Psychologist with experience in working with individuals across their lifespan who have encountered traumatic life experiences. She has previously worked in NHS services including specialist CAMHS, social care, gangs and adult personality disorder services – working with young people, adults and families with a history of complex, developmental and intergenerational trauma. She has an interest in the impact that social and cultural contexts have in shaping experiences, particularly for minoritised and marginalised groups. Dr Obi currently works across both NHS (working within a multi-agency violence reduction project in North East London) and private practice (including completing court assessments for families involved in child care proceedings). Dr Obi qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oxford, and is trained in trauma-focused therapies including EMDR and Narrative Exposure Therapy. Dr Obi is a qualified Minded Yoga Therapist. Dr Obi uses a strengths and values-based approach, incorporating mindfulness throughout her practise, and has a particular interest in mind-body integration, utilising body-based practises, to support psychological wellbeing, healing and growth.

Dr. Sarah Whittaker

Dr. Sarah Whittaker is a clinical psychologist expert in the assessment and treatment of trauma. She has worked extensively in specialist trauma services in the NHS and charity sector providing treatment to veterans and people who have experienced rape and torture. She is clinical director for an international organisation that provides specialist psychological services to former hostages, people impacted by terrorism and traumatic deaths, and victims of human right abuses. She has worked around the world including in Iraq, South Sudan, Sri Lanka and the Democratic Republic of Congo and therefore understands cultural influences on the expression of trauma and treatment. She has acted as an expert witness in a large scale war crimes investigation and for the UK Asylum Courts. Dr Whittaker adopts an integrative approach to understanding and treating trauma. She uses trauma focused cognitive behavioural therapy and narrative techniques and draws on existential and philosophical concepts to help people understand and explore the traumas they have experienced and start to feel safe, helping them to find ways of moving forward.

Dr. parneet chahal

Dr Parneet Chahal is a Counselling Psychologist skilled in working with children, adolescents, and adults who present with a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties. She has a particular interest in the assessment and treatment of trauma and attachment related difficulties. Dr Chahal currently works both in private practice and in the NHS, where she is a Principal Counselling Psychologist in a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency Family Court Assessment Team undertaking comprehensive psychological assessments of families in court proceedings. Dr Chahal views the therapeutic relationship as being central to enabling facilitative change and meaning making for her clients. She works integratively, drawing upon a number of evidence-based models within therapy, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), and Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR). Dr Chahal holds a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (DCounsPsy) from the University of Manchester, an MEd in Psychology of Education from the University of Manchester, and an MSc in Counselling Psychology from Keele University. She also holds the Cardiff University Bond Solon (CUBS) Expert Witness Family Certificate.